For home decorating enthusiasts, apartment living can put a damper on one of your favorite hobbies, as many rental properties simply will not allow you to paint or make any major improvements to the unit. If you love home decor and remodeling, but owning your own home is not an option, there are several things to look for when choosing an apartment that will allow you to embrace your passion for decorating without sacrificing your security deposit in the end.
Landlords That Let You Paint
Some properties are perfectly fine with allowing tenants to paint under the condition they paint the walls back to a neutral color at the end of their lease term. When browsing for apartments, ask specifically if you are allowed to change the colors of the walls. If you are determined to paint your apartment, this will make choosing an apartment easier as you will know to shy away from apartments that do not permit painting.
Some apartments, especially those located in urban areas, do not have windows at all. Large windows make small spaces appear larger, and can be decorated with curtains. When apartment browsing, look for apartments that either have a lot of windows or that have a large, bay window in the living area.
Neutral Carpet Colors
While most apartments use neutral, beige colored carpets, others do not. If you plan on decorating your home under a specific color scheme, make sure you choose an apartment that has neutral carpet that will complement the rest of your decor. For example, your black and red decorating scheme will look tacky and unpolished when accented with bright blue, patterned carpet.
Tall ceilings will make the space seem larger and more open, and give you more room to decorate on the walls. An apartment with high or vaulted ceilings will feel more homey and inspire your decorating more than an apartment with low, cramped ceilings.
Separate Dining Area and Kitchen
Some apartments are built in a way that makes the living, dining and kitchen area all feel like one large room. While this is a space saver for apartment owners, it can really curb your decorating. Choosing an apartment that has three separate areas for these rooms will allow you to decorate each room accordingly and really make it feel like home.
Installable Light Fixtures
Apartments that allow you to install your own light fixtures give you more room to be creative in your decorating, as you can pick and choose the light fixtures you want to complement the rest of your decor. This way you can add say, an ornate ceiling fan in your living area and a chandelier in your dining room.