Cozy fall bedroom interior: white wall, bed with white linen, light beige plaid, orange pillows, wooden rack, vase with yellow chrysanthemums flowers, pumpkins, candles. Autumn decoration.
Home Decor, Organization, Renting a Home

Renter-Friendly Ways to Make Your Dorm or Apartment Feel Like Home

Homes.com has all of the amazing tips and tricks to turn any rental into your forever home (or at least make it feel like one).

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As summer comes to an end and school begins again, everyone is getting ready to make the big move back to their college town. Whether you’re 15 miles from home or 100, starting your freshman year or senior year, or transferring somewhere new, there’s always something exciting to look forward to on move-in day. Not only do we get excited for Generation Z to find their footing in the world, but we get excited to see all of the home decor and floor plans of college students’ temporary homes away from home. But, how can you make an apartment, dorm, or house that you rent feel like your own space when you know it’s just temporary? Lucky for you, Homes.com has all of the amazing tips and tricks to turn any rental into your forever home (or at least make it feel like one). Keep on reading to see how you can take your space to the next level.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is perfect for those with a creative side who love to mix things up from time to time, while also being user-friendly. Use it to fully cover a room or create an accent wall, add dimension or design to your ceiling, the base of a kitchen island, a bedside table, or even a desk! Similarly, peel-and-stick backsplash tile can also be a great way to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom.

Black and white subway tiled kitchen with numerous plants and framed taxidermy insect art

Flooring

There are all sorts of options to change around the flooring in your temporary home if you’re unhappy or tired of it. From click-lock wood flooring to carpet tiles, the ability to completely change your dorm or apartment is in your hands. Carpet tiles have an adhesive backing that helps them stay in place and they come in a range of colors. Consider using carpet tiles, or a large area rug, if you have wood flooring throughout your home. Carpeting will help your home feel cozier and inviting. On the other hand, if your home is primarily carpet, click-lock wood tile is a great alternative to make your place feel more open and easier to clean. It’s easy to install and can be relatively affordable depending on the type you get. Both carpet and wood tiles come in a wide variety, so making the right choice is truly up to you and your budget!

Plants

Whether you have a green thumb or prefer buying artificial plants, greenery can help bring any space together. It’s the easiest and most affordable way to make your apartment feel less sterile and more like home. Choose desk plants, floor plants, or even wall/hanging plants to bring it variety and create dimension throughout your home.

Comfortable bed with pillows in room

Pops of Color

An easy way to really spruce up and add personality to your living space is through color. If your dorm, apartment, or home has a neutral palette when you move in and you’re unable to make permanent updates, add pops of color through pillows, blankets, and decor. Keeping your home design neutral with pops of color allows you to switch out decor seasonally, or as your style changes.

Cozy fall bedroom interior: white wall, bed with white linen, light beige plaid, orange pillows, wooden rack, vase with yellow chrysanthemums flowers, pumpkins, candles. Autumn decoration.

We hope we’ve inspired you to take on a few renter-friendly updates some of your own! It’s always important to remember that just because you rent doesn’t mean you can’t have a place that feels like home.

If you’re new to the world of renting, Homes.com offers a step-by-step guide to help you discover the rental of your dreams!

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Sydney Pressley is a recent East Carolina graduate who enjoys keeping up with trends relating to pop culture and home design. As a former ECU Pirate, she has a soft spot for North Carolina and all things southern, especially shrimp and grits, but when it's cold she'd rather be up North in the mountains snowboarding with her friends and family. She currently writes for Homes.com as the in-house pop culture expert and keeps everyone in the know about current trends in the social world.