When you’re renting your home, it’s easy to feel that your hands are tied when it comes to home decorating. You probably can’t repaint and may even be limited as to how many holes you can put in the walls. However, today’s design options make it possible to decorate a rented home with just as much charm and personality as any other living space.
The addition of a large wall mirror spruces up any space, but you probably can’t have a mirror glued to the wall of an apartment or rental house. The leaning mirror is a nice alternative. To create a one-of-a-kind piece, purchase a large frame with lots of character. (A flea market, antique shop, or thrift store can be a good source.) Then, have a custom glass shop such as ABC Glass & Mirror, cut a piece of mirror glass to fit within the frame. Choose standard reflective glass for a more modern look or antique style mirror glass for a vintage effect. Then prop the mirror against a wall for a chic effect and zero holes in the wall. Turn it into a vignette with the addition of a potted plant and a tall table topped with a vase or candle.
Have previous renters left their mark on some of your kitchen’s surfaces? Perhaps you have an island, mini bar, or breakfast nook with a surface marred by scratches and stains? Thanks to custom glass table tops, you can beautifully – but temporarily – transform such areas. Glass can be cut to the exact dimensions needed to cover the desired surface. There are a wide variety of glass styles available, so you can choose to add shine, totally hide, or just camouflage the original surface.
Floors can be a challenge in a rental, but don’t despair. The first step is to give the carpet or hard flooring a thorough cleaning. (If it’s a wood floor, be sure to use products meant for this purpose to avoid damage to the finish.) In the case of carpets, your local grocery store may rent out steam cleaners for a deep cleanse. Once the floor is clean, you might find that you already like it a lot better. If it still needs a makeover, consider these options:
With so many activities moving to our homes in recent years, many families are dividing open concept living spaces into smaller rooms with dedicated functions. You typically can’t add walls to a rental, but glass opens up more possibilities. For example, ABC Glass & Mirror can create custom movable screens made of glass or plexiglass. This is nice if you want to delineate a home office or study area within a larger space such as the living room. Also, even more permanent glass partition walls are more simple to add and then remove than sheetrock walls, so you could always seek your landlord’s approval for this type of partition wall.
If ABC Glass & Mirror can help you decorate your rental with one of the products discussed here or another form of custom glass or mirror, please give us a call at (703)257-7150!