9 Budget Design Ideas to Turn Your Rental Into a Mansion

Sacha Strebe

Courtesy of BHDM Design

After countless showings (and many Craigslist rental inquiries), you've finally found your dream apartment. It's in the perfect location with a non-street parking space, but even though the interior is clean, it's looking a little dated. We get it. Decorating a rental is tricky but just because you didn't buy it doesn't mean you can't own it. Right? A rental is still your home, albeit a temporary one, and it deserves some interior love too.

Besides, if the stats are anything to go by, you'll most likely be renting for a while. Despite millennials associating homeownership with the American dream, USA Today reports only 9% plan to buy a home within a year, thanks in part to rising rent costs and student loans. And 70% of the ones who did buy regret that decision. Of course, there are pros and cons to both, but if you're renting, feel good about it and create a space you're proud of.

So what simple upgrades can you make to a rental that won't cost you—ones your landlord will also approve? We quizzed interior designers Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon and Christine Gachot of Gachot Studios about decorating a rental so it feels like a well-curated and liveable oasis. It's time to start turning your makeshift space into the place you love, so read on to learn all the simple changes for decorating a rental you can make on a dime.

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