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DIY ways to upgrade your living space

As you wander through the flats for rent, thinking about which one of them will become your new home, you can’t help but be bored by their blank walls. Because when it comes to rented apartments, you’re not going to find a lot of vibrance or creativity in the decor.

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But when you actually move into your flat, you want it to be a little more aesthetically pleasing. That’s where your own imagination and planning come in. But you know that you can’t make too many permanent changes to the place based on your landlord’s instructions, and you don’t want to risk your security deposit either.

Luckily, there’s a way out. We’ve got a list of DIY projects that you can try to level up your space. And since these are easily reversible, you can restore your apartment to its original condition when you move out, saving yourself from your landlord’s wrath. So, take a look:

Lighting

Whether it’s to create a sense of ambiance or to take some great photos for the gram, good lighting is essential for your home. But your rented flat probably doesn’t give you much to work with beyond basic bulbs or tube lights.

Well, you can easily swap those out for your own lighting. (Simply store the original ones safely so that you can restore them before you move out.) Get CFLs for brighter and more environment-friendly lighting, and invest or DIY some cool lamp shades for an added pizzazz.

Desk lamps are perfect if you work from home a lot, or wall lamps if you’ve got a dearth of floor space. Don’t forget to maximize the natural light by throwing open your windows and replacing your heavy curtains with lighter blinds.

Accent walls

The simplest way to add some character to your room is by adding color to your walls. But we get that painting your home may not be permitted and it’s way too time-consuming anyway. Instead, all you need is some peel-and-stick wallpaper. These are easily removable and the perfect way for you to create a DIY accent wall.

Opt for a pattern or a texture that matches the rest of your decor, or a bright color that will bring your space to light. Then simply stick the sheets on the wall of your choice and your home will have a whole new look in no time. Wall decals and contact paper are easily available and affordable on most online platforms.

Mirrors

It’s no secret that rented accommodations tend to run on the smaller side, but that’s exactly why you should create the illusion of space in your home. There are a lot of ways to do this, but the simplest one is definitely by investing in a full-length mirror.

Place this against a wall or behind a door so that it faces an open window. The light from the window will bounce off the mirror, brightening up your space and making it look a lot bigger. And of course, you’ll be able to perfect the art of mirror selfies too.

Create extra storage

If you’ve opted for a professionally managed space like Stanza Living which has well-designed rooms and plenty of storage solutions, you’re not going to have any problems handling your belongings. But in a lot of traditional accommodation, storage can be a bit hard to come by. Luckily, you can DIY your way around this.

Repurpose your old suitcases or Amazon delivery boxes into storage bins for organizing your items. Place the bulky items under your bed or in other ‘out of sight’ places so that they don’t detract from the aesthetics of your room. Use ice cube trays and plastic containers as DIY drawer organizers to keep smaller items organized too. Marie Kondo would be so proud of you.

Greenery

Don’t have a ton of time and money to spend on choosing and putting up household decor items? Don’t worry about it. All you need are some indoor plants instead. Having some greenery around will add an instant touch of life to your home and make it seem a lot more ‘lived-in.’

Even if you’re worried about your plant parenting skills, you can easily opt for some low-maintenance succulents or ivy vines that grow without much interference. Repurpose old mugs or glass bottles into planters for a more unique look and find that these plants really level up your home aesthetic without much effort.

So, these are some tips to give your space an upgrade. With some creativity and imagination, the sky’s the limit. So, don’t be afraid to personalize your space!