Welcome guest writer, Debra Lewis.
If you live in an apartment or rent your house, total home renovations aren’t always possible or affordable. Luckily, you can make small additions to your home that make it feel more personal and don’t break the bank. Try out these five changes to personalize your home and add your personality and character.
Temporary Wall Paper
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Wallpaper can be a nightmare to put up and take down. Painting can be messy and risk you losing your deposit if you’re a renter. If you want to add some character to your walls and show off your personality, removable or temporary wallpaper is a good alternative. After picking out your style, you just peel and stick the wallpaper to your walls. It peels off easily when you get tired or it, or you’re ready to move.
Add Window Boxes
If you don’t have space for a garden, window boxes are a nice alternative for growing plants, vegetables, or herbs. Window boxes are available pre-planted with instructions if a green thumb doesn’t come naturally to you. You will make your place feel more personable, and you can enjoy cooking with the fruits or veggies you’ve produced yourself. As a bonus, growing plants in your home can also improve your air quality.
Add a Photo Wall
You can add personal photos in your house without making your place feel too homey. Consider adding a big photo wall collage or a gallery wall to your home by picking out many different frame sizes and shapes. You can include personal photos or artsy photos you’ve taken that express your personality and interests. Although it might take some time to place and hang the photos in a formation you like, the result will be well worth it.
Any project that you complete in your home will add personality to the space and will impress your friends, family, and visitors. If you need a new desk or coffee table, get creative instead of heading to Ikea. Attach a painted door to the wall or put it up on filing cabinets to create an eclectic desk. Place a piece of wood on two small tables for a DIY coffee table. You can even create shelves with products like corkboard for an inexpensive and unique touch. By creating it yourself, it will be a unique addition to your apartment that only you can say you have.
Repurpose Furniture and Decorations
Head to your local antique store or even the Salvation Army or Goodwill to find affordable pieces you can repurpose or upcycle. Paint a traditional dresser and find unique pulls or hardware to create a fresh piece without breaking the bank. Take old windows, sand them, paint them and turn them into photo frames. Hop on Pinterest and you will find hundreds of upcycling projects for every skill level, which will help you personalize your apartment affordably.
You don’t have to completely remodel your home to add your personality to it. Consider a DIY project or just adding some personal touches throughout your home to make it feel more like you.