Wondering how to spice up your apartment? Follow these tips and tricks for an instant rental apartment makeover that make it comfy and truly yours!

We all tend to get bored with the “same ol’.”

You probably loved your apartment theme and the way you played with colors once. But now, the magic is gone from it all, and you can’t wait to get a new look to make the place feel like home again. It happens.

Here’s the good news though, you don’t have to go through the expenses of re-doing your decor.

All you need to commit to is a few tweaks here and there, as the chances are that you’re still in love with most of your pieces. So, why not try these quick makeover apartment tricks to give your home a fresh new look?

1. A Fresh Coat of Paint

You’ve been scratching your head, wondering what it is that’s making your apartment look off.

But have you considered the walls?

A previous, shoddy paint job is enough to make your apartment look dull and the walls out of touch with the space. Another case is that your paint job is worn out and needs a fresh coat. Or maybe you just don’t like the color anymore.

All in all, whether you’re going with a fresh coat or new colors, you need to make this makeover quick, effortless, and refreshing.

If it’s the colors you don’t like, this is the chance to experiment with new colors.

To ensure you don’t end up with an outcome you like even less than before, ask yourself these three questions:

  • What is it you didn’t like about the previous paint job?
  • Do the new colors reflect your style?
  • Can you do the paint job yourself, or should you bring in a professional?

2. Accessorize the Place

Keep in mind that accessories go beyond convenience. Your love seat, dresser, or coffee maker are not accessories. They can be stylish, but they are still basic items of comfort.

If you want to accessorize your living space perfectly, switch your mindset from what’s convenient to what’s more appealing to the senses.

Think about pieces that only serve aesthetic purposes. Think of wallpaper or tapestry for your bedroom wall, a stylish lamp for your bedside table. You can also hang macrame or pieces of art on your living room wall.

Accessories can bring any space to life when applied correctly. You want to go with items that blend well with your color scheme.

3. Throw in Area Rugs

Area rugs come with a charm that can totally transform your living space. They are the finishing pieces that can change the way your home looks and feels.

Think of rugs as the frosting on your already baked cake. They are there to enhance the visual appeal of your decor without changing anything.

You’re sure you got everything right, from chic centerpieces to quaint antiques. But if your apartment doesn’t feel charming enough, though, throw in some well-placed area rugs and see how it feels.

Area rugs make for a cheap and fun makeover experience. All you have to do is get creative and find places in your home where you can deploy rugs to enhance the decor.

4. Go for a Full Rearrangement

If you have everything you need, but somehow your apartment doesn’t feel quite right, there’s a straightforward makeover trick you’re forgetting.

Why not rearrange everything to get the look you envision?

Tell you what, rearranging your apartment is easier than it sounds. Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything, and the outcome may even match a complete decor overhaul.

You should start by planning the activity in advance. This gives you enough time to figure out what goes where, reducing much of the pressure to get things right.

You also want to focus on decluttering your apartment. This almost always gives your home a fresh new look.

5. Bring in Indoor Plants

The most important thing most people need from their home is comfort. Plants have always had a way of evoking that inner peace to help you relax. They bring color and texture to your home.

You can hardly go wrong with indoor plants if you’re looking to break the monotony and beautify your space.

When choosing indoor plants, keep in mind where you want to place them. Some species grow large and wild, and others can cascade to the floor.

For instance, if you want something for the mantelpiece, try trailing plants like Devil’s Ivy or Philodendron. You can go with succulents for your work desk or coffee table.

6. Carry Out Replacements

Remodeling is not pocket-friendly, but it’s an excellent way to make your home look and feel the way you want.

You see, there isn’t much you can do if you hate your bulky sideboard other than replacing it. You may find a new piece you like that brings out the best aspects of your space.

Still, you should go small scale with it. There’s no point in replacing everything unless you want to re-do your decor.

For simple makeovers, just replace a few pieces that don’t feel quite right with ones that add to the overall appeal.

7. Consider the Lighting

If your apartment is not well-lit, it can make the whole place look drab.

If your apartment is not meeting your lighting goals, there are several options you can try to brighten up the space.

First, consider natural lighting that’s already available. Deploy light-filtering window treatments like sheer shades, which allow in more natural light.

You also have the option of artificial lighting. With these, you want to consider your home’s feel and figure out which setups blend well with your decor.

Some great artificial lighting options you may want to look into are ceiling fixtures, incandescent light, and lamps.


Once in a while, your home may need a fresh new look. You don’t have to call in an interior designer every time you want some changes done.

Besides, DIY apartment makeovers don’t have to be stressful at all.

A quick tip: if you want to get things done faster without feeling overwhelmed, dedicate a day for each room.

Ready to get started?

Author bio:

Caitlin Sinclair is the Business Manager at Anson. With over 5 years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes Anson a place everyone loves to call home.