How to design and organize your space while keeping your landlord happy
Be Colorful Many renters are stuck with neutral walls due to harsh paint restrictions, so build your color palette with furniture and accessories. Bright slipcovers transform living room furniture into statement pieces that pop against white walls. Patterned accent pillows, fresh flowers and colorful accessories add even more depth to your design.
Create an Entryway In a small space, full-sized foyer closets are a rarity. By placing a ClosetMaid® 3-Cube Bench near your front door, you can create your own stylish “drop zone” for keys, shoes and bags. Try adding wall hooks above the bench for jackets, and use a tall pot or basket for umbrella storage.
Scale Back When a Realtor shows an apartment or small home, he or she often stages it with small furniture to make the rooms look larger. Try this trick when designing your space. Choose slim pieces as opposed to heavy, oversized furniture and use glass tables, which let light pass through them to create the illusion of more space.
Customize Closets One of the most frustrating things about renting can be the lack of storage space. Many rental property closets only offer a single hang rod and shelf. To organize closets without installing permanent shelving, try ClosetMaid Stackable Storage products. These freestanding units can be stacked to add drawers, shelves and shoe storage and are easily taken with you when you move.