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Will You Ever Remodel a Rented Apartment?

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Will You Ever Remodel a Rented Apartment?

As a decorator, I usually get these vibes from prospective customers and i HATE to hear them:
“I can’t afford to do this in a rented apartment”,
“This is not my house so i have a limit to what i can do”
“When i buy my own house, i will really decorate”
And the list goes on…….

Landlords make it even more difficult by insisting on no structural changes and generally require that apartments be returned to their original condition with some allowances for wear and tear (caution fees as the case may be)
My advise: Focus on improving the aesthetic of your home (Bathroom, Kitchen, Living room, Bedrooms, etc) with a few statement accessories here and there that will increase your level of happiness and peace. Preferably, you can embark on updates that you can move along with you to another apartment or your own home. There is no point having a place that feels like a hospital. Here are five changes I would suggest you make in any rentals that will make the space feel like a home:

1. Paint or Paste: I find it shocking when people say that their landlord insist on them painting the house/rooms in a particular color. That’s crap! Hallelujah if that’s not your case! Go dramatic with colors on your walls or rather add some patterns to your living room or bedroom wall with a paste of beautifully designed wallpapers. The good news is, you can take them out or along when you are leaving! 

2. Create Statement Walls: Instead of making any structural changes on the walls and having to worry about patching them up when you are leaving, you can adorn your walls with statement artworks or heavy pieces like a large bookshelf or a mirror. That way, you create a wow look in your home!

 3. Light Up your world: With a few lamps, chandeliers and pendants here and there to liven things up. I am sure you would love to wake up to a beautiful world of fancy lights. This is easy to fix with the help of an electrician for a token fee and can be removed when you move out.

4. Dress up your windows.
Window treatments help spruce up a space no matter the limit around the home. Whatever you decide to use, either fabrics or faux blinds (you can easily patch up the holes when you are moving out).

5. Embrace your space: Unless you have the money to buy yourself a home that fits your taste but until then find happiness in that not-so ok apartment. Play great music, make your favorite smoothie, smile and laugh away. Make it your own space without worry and don’t wish for something else…..until it’s time to move.

Got some ideas to add to this list?

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Nkem Offonabo is a Banker, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Lead Editor, Crown Musings. She is passionate about Decor, Personal Development and Wealth Creation. She believes that every individual is unique and has potential for greatness if properly nurtured. She hopes to use her blog community to Inspire, Motivate, Empower, Transform and ultimately help people be the best version of themselves.



  1. Grace Liang

    May 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I rented apartment before when I was living in Shanghai. But I never remodel one. I usually change some new decors and they already looked pretty good. 😉 Most of Chinese are not very handy like Americans.


  2. Nkem Okechukwu

    May 22, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Yea, when it comes to Interior designs and home remodeling, I love Americans!
    My eyes, mind and spirit are over there

  3. Chizoba Okoroji

    May 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Reading this ,I have changed my perspective about remodeling a rented apartment.great tips you shared.

  4. Nkem Okechukwu

    May 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Chizzy, all these changes are cost effective and won't let your pocket leak. The ultimate thing is you are happy in your space in the end

  5. Erniesha Tibs

    May 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Well, It depends on what your contract says….we have remodeled a rented apartment before….and I would do it again if I have to…

    How are you mami

  6. blogoratti

    May 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Great and interesting post, thanks for sharing!

  7. Nkem Okechukwu

    May 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks Blogoratti

  8. Nkem Okechukwu

    May 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Ernie, if your contract allows that fine. I'm fine. Thanks dear.

  9. bolatito fashina

    June 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    So true, some people are of the view that because they live in a rented apartment they won't touch it up.i call those kinda people illiterate, they are not expose

  10. Oyinlola Sobowale

    June 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    And to think I just said those same lines to someone who was going to help me redecorate. I've settled on repainting, putting up some blinds and waxing the floor as against the use of tiles. I just want my home cosy and comfy…

  11. Nkem Okechukwu

    June 19, 2015 at 8:41 am

    **evil grin** Oyinlola, you gave out a decor contract to some other person when i am here? Let me have your digits asap!

  12. Oyinlola Sobowale

    June 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Asswear I just stumbled on your blog through Erniesha. Soweeeeeeeee but good news is I'll be here to check for stuff to buy. I'm loving your taste 😉

  13. Nkem Okechukwu

    June 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks to Ernie and thanks to you too. I am only a call (08068181336) away

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