When a tenant moves into their new apartment, whether it be furnished or unfurnished, the apartment will most likely feel like a “blank canvas”. Most apartment complexes are decorated and painted in a uniform fashion, where each unit is basically the same. Not only will the apartment be foreign, but most of the time, the tenant will be moving into a new apartment because they are relocating to a new city as well. The process of relocating to a new city and apartment is a big adjustment for anyone. It will generally take some time before the apartment and city begin to feel like a place to call home.

Most of the time, tenants will bring their own decor to personalize their apartment. Often times, apartments have decorating restrictions within their lease agreements. This limits a tenant on some of the ways they can personalize their home. For example, painting the walls a different color is usually not permitted within a lease agreement. Here at Liberty Properties, we want to offer some tips and tricks on how to personalize an apartment without breaking an apartment lease agreement and without making permanent changes.

Pillows, Pillows and More Pillows

A great way to add more personality and to create a cozy atmosphere within a new apartment is simply by incorporating throw pillows on furniture throughout the space. This is a simple and easy way to add color, texture and personality within an apartment without changing the colors on the walls. Pillows are certainly not permanent and can be moved throughout the apartment and placed wherever the tenant wants.

Wall Decor and Picture Frames

Wall decor is one of the best ways to add a personalized touch to any room of an apartment. One great aspect about wall decor is that there are many options to choose from. It can be mirrors, artwork, picture frames and much more. The only negative factor when it comes to wall decor is checking to see if the use of nails is allowed within the apartment complex. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to the problem if an apartment complex does not allow nails. The solution is investing in a few packets of adhesive strips. These do not require the use of nails or any tool. Picture frames are also a great way to add the feeling of home throughout a new apartment. Placing pictures of friends, pets and family members throughout the apartment will fill a new space with memories.


The use of rugs is a great way to incorporate colors and designs throughout an apartment space. Most floors within an apartment are neutral colors. So whether the apartment floor is hardwood or carpet, a rug can be a great addition to any room. Another great factor about rugs is that they come in so many different colors, shapes, styles and designs. Rugs are not limited to just a living space. They can be placed in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or hallways. They add a little touch of personalization within whichever room they are placed.

Candles or Aroma Burners

Scented candles can create a sense of coziness and relaxation within an apartment. Some apartment complexes may not allow candles, but purchasing aroma burners - devices that do not require an open flame - can produce the same effect. Generally, different scents are preferred throughout different parts of the year. For example, during the summer purchasing a candle that smells like citrus and then during the winter purchasing a candle that smells like a Christmas tree. Just the addition of a simple candle or aroma burner can help make a new apartment feel homey and cozy.

Light Fixtures

Changing light fixtures and incorporating lamps or indoor string lights can personalize an apartment as well. This is a tip that is not permanent as long as the tenant keeps the original light fixture that was in the apartment prior and then is sure to change it back upon leaving. For example, adding a fun light fixture in the living area would be a great focal point.

Decorating The Front Door and The Porch or Balcony

The front door of a home is the first thing people see before they walk in. Adding a flower stand and a welcome mat by the front door of an apartment will create and inviting feeling for visitors and a “welcome home feeling” for the apartment tenant. This small addition is not often thought of, especially when living in an apartment complex, but it makes a big difference. If an apartment has a back porch or balcony, this is another great space to personalize. The addition of outdoor furniture and outdoor lighting creates a relaxing place for the apartment tenant to relax alone or with friends to enjoy themselves. Not every apartment has a porch or balcony, but if it does, then creating an outdoor space is a nice escape from reality.

Using Greenery

House plants and flowers are a great addition to an apartment. This can “liven-up” a living space and create a natural feel throughout a space. Some people do not enjoy plants because of the upkeep, but purchasing artificial plants is always an option as well.

These tips and tricks are simple yet perfect for creating a homey and cozy vibe throughout your new apartment. Here at Liberty Properties, we want our tenants to love their apartment and to look forward to coming home every single day.

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