Over the years, I have struggled to invest in the decor of the places I rent. However, lately I’ve tried to make more of an effort without going out of my budget or comfort zone. Here are some ideas for fun and cheap rental decorations.
List of 5 Cheap Rental Decorations
Tired of staring at those blank white walls? Have a little money to dedicate to the cause? It’s your lucky day! There are many simple ways to add some color, spice and personalization to a rental apartment or home. You might even have all the elements you need to complete some of these projects already on hand.
Budgeting for Cheap Rental Decorations
Even though these projects are free or very affordable, you still need to know how many of them you can complete. It’s most helpful if you have a working household budget. Take a look at your budget and see where you might be able to pull some money- entertainment, clothing, eating out… Make sure to only skim from the more luxury categories. You never want to cut back on a credit card debt payment, insurance, rent or even savings if you can help it. You may also be able to work a little extra to fund these projects. Keep this number in mind and subtract your costs as they come. When the money is gone, you will have to wait until your fund is replenished!
Decoration Ideas When Renting
- Curate different colored glassware around your apartment. This is an easy way to draw visual interest with minimal effort. Unique glassware can be found at yard sales or thrift stores. You can also change the placements and groupings from time to time. You can also add flowers, twine or other simple decorations to the bottles.
- Use an old curtain or a mismatched panel you find at a thrift store as a wall hanging. It’s a simple way to add some pop to the walls without having to hang a whole gallery wall of photos.
- Create a paper banner to brighten things up. You can do a simple pendant or go with hearts or a more geometric shape. I tend to use colorful scrap paper patterns for this. String, twine or fishing line are some options to hang the panner.
- Instead of hanging framed photos, I used command hooks and string to make a matrix. Then I clipped photo prints onto the string with little clothes pins. This approach leaves no holes in the wall and is fairly simple to string up.
- Add white lights to a room for some mood lighting. However, they don’t always have to be on, but it can be fun to see when you want!
Hopefully, you can try some of these cheap rental decorations. Remember your budget, and have fun!