When you live in a rental like we do, making it feel less like a white box and more like home seems like a challenge. When you live in a NYC rental like we do, finding room in the budget for decorating after paying your rent can seem like a bigger challenge. These were the problems Gwyneth and I were up against when began our mission to make NYC feel like home. But we believe there is no problem without a solution, and our solution was paint. As an Apartment Guide Blog Partner, I will be sharing ideas to make your apartment feel like home.
“You painted a rental?” is the question that pops up in our inbox most frequently, and each time we respond with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” So fellow renters, today we’re debunking the myth you can’t paint, and we’re nudging you in the right direction with a few ideas to get started.
First, the reality – Chances are that whatever area you paint will need to be painted back before you move out. But we believe the impact far outweighs the investment. Painting our interior door took a quart of paint and a weekend, and it completely transformed our entryway. (Here’s the tutorial)
Don’t you think the daily impact is worth a can of eggshell and a weekend of pre-moving-out painting?
Other than doors, you’re rental is bound to have a few small areas (minimal pre-moving-out painting) where you can make a big impact (maximum daily happiness). How about an accent wall?
Or a bathroom?
So now that you know you can paint a rental and you’ve picked a spot to paint, the last decision you’ll need to make is what color to use. If you’ve got a color that works with your decor and that makes you happy every time you see it, then you’re already set. (We don’t need to tell you what color that is for us!)
But if your gut isn’t leading you to the answer, use a guide. the Apartment Guide blog has a fantastic questionnaire that will help you pick the right color for your space.
So let’s review:
- Renters can paint – you just have to be prepared to paint it back before you move out.
- Painting a small area can make a big impact.
- Use your gut or a guide to find the right color for you.
Feeling inspired? Head on over to the Apartment Guide blog to check out all the other design ideas and tips to make your rental feel like home. And if you’re looking for a place to call home, check out their features and tips to help you find the perfect apartment community too!
mk & Gwynnie