We understand that not every apartment you tour is going to be picture perfect, but when you finally do find one where all the positives outweigh the cosmetic negatives, then you must find the most creative ways to help hide the uninspiring interior. Here are a couple apartment-friendly decorating ideas to help fix up your space and not scare you away from renting what could be the perfect apartment.

Add layers
If your apartment has the basic wall-to-wall carpeting or outdated linoleum flooring, give your floors a quick makeover by adding a decorative rug to the room. Rugs are not only a great room accessory, but also an important foundation. Do not be afraid to play with rug colors, patterns or shapes. Rugs come in all sizes, leaving you sure to find one that meets your needs. 

Nothing is more of a turn off than apartment walls that you just cannot work with. If possible, add some paint for a pop of color. Otherwise, if painting the apartment walls is simply not an option, try installing a temporary product.
Peel and stick products, such as temporary wallpaper, work wonders on kitchen counters, bathroom backsplashes and bedroom accent walls. It is amazing how easy and fast they go on and off, not to mention how much of a difference they transform a space without the risk of damaging your apartment walls. Do not be afraid to hang things on your apartment walls, but remember you must return the walls back to their original state upon move out.

You do not have to own your home to make it your own space, nor does not take a full-scale renovation to transform your apartment. There are plenty of inexpensive products and simple ways to tailor your rental space into your own decor taste.

One of the best ways to streamline your apartment search is to work with a licensed apartment finder in your area. They can help make the process of deciding where to live easier on you while helping you find the apartment that fits your lifestyle, all in your budget. Give us a call, we can help you find that perfect apartment that you love to call home at the end of the day.  

*A version of this article previously appeared on Angie’s List