Today’s post is for all my college-aged & 20-something friends, who are living in a rented space or dorm. I know how frustrating it can be to want a beautiful and unique space but you can’t paint or even put tacks in the walls! Today I’m sharing 5 things you can do to transform your space that your landlord or RA will have no problem with! (most likely)
This is the best way to add a polished look to your space as well as create storage! Since you probably wont be allowed to hang shelves on the wall, a bookshelf works very well! It can help break up and define spaces in a studio apartment. if you’re low on space, another great tip is to use “bathroom” storage that is typically a shelf that goes over your toilet. these shelves have a very large open part at the bottom and shelving at the top (see picture). They are self standing so no need to hang on a wall but they also give the illusion of a larger space! They draw the eye up, creating a higher ceiling look, as well as leave space below for something else like a chair or plant! With each option, I recommend looking for something glass or white. Glass bookshelf options give almost an invisible illusion and look much less bulky to the eye with the same amount of storage. If glass wont work, the lighter the better-if it matches your space! A white shelf against white walls again gives an almost invisible illusion and looks much less bulky than a black or brown shelf would. The best thing about these is you can find them anywhere & sell them anytime if you wont need them in your next space! Or, take them with you when you leave- less furniture to buy for your next space and they always pull together a living room!
Glass bookshelf example:
Bathroom shelf example (but can be used anywhere, not just bathroom):
The biggest trick to shelving is keeping it styled! If you pinterest search “shelf styling” there’s a ton of really awesome ideas!
2. Storing Vertically
Usually, the most lost dead space in any small space is vertical space. A few simple changes can provide a lot more storage and little to know ground loss. I like using vertical storage on my desk top and above couches and beds sometimes too! If you’re hanging something, remember you can always use Command Strips or another kind of adhesive to hang it if you can’t put holes in the walls!
Here’s a great example of desk storage that doesn’t take up too much room on your table top! Find an organizer like this here.
Here’s an example of vertical storage (and also a great styled shelving example too!)
Shop white floating shelves under $16 here.
3. Pops of Color
Whether your color palette is mostly neutrals or bright, pops of color make any small space feel bigger and brighter. If you’re allowed to paint, I recommend using a pop in a fun accent wall. If not, you can add it in the accessories all around you; your dishes, your rug, your nightstand candle- anything! If you’re sticking with mostly neutrals, maybe add a muted blue for a fun twist. If you’re going bright, maybe add some yellow–the possibilities are endless and usually inexpensive too!
I love this pop of color in the back of kitchen cabinets! And in the Kitchen Aid!
4. Removable (+ damage free) Wallpaper
This stuff you guys. I’m officially obsessed. I recently used this to cover a wall mural I didn’t want to get rid of but also didn’t want to see- and it is amazing. It was relatively easy to install and adds the perfect amount of pattern and color to a wall that needed to be covered! it’s reusable and removable and 100% damage free! (meaning it’s safe for dorms, apartments, and renters!)
Shop this wallpaper here.
Shop my other favorites here!
That’s all my tips so far! Hope this gave you a few ideas to improve your space!
Talk to you soon!
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