One of the downsides of renting a home is how limited you are when it comes to customizing your living space. There’s no tearing down walls or installing new windows. You can’t rip up the floors and install new flooring. When it comes to the interior of your rental unit, you pretty much live in it as is. There are a handful of minor changes you can make, and if you get really creative it can make a big difference. One of the easiest ways to give a personal touch to your rental unit is to put up window curtains. Here are a few tips for selecting curtains:
Into the darkness
When it comes to choosing the type of curtains for your home, you’ll need to consider their functionality of them. Are they for privacy? Are they for decor? Or are they for blocking out the light? If they are for your bedroom, or an area where you watch TV, you might want to consider using blackout curtains. This will help keep the sun out of your room in the mornings as well as create privacy. In your TV room, this will help reduce any glare that may from the sun.
Keep it light
Another option for curtains is to keep it light and use sheer. This will create some privacy when they are shut but still allow for plenty of light to come through and brighten up your room. If you’re more concerned about the decor than you are about keeping out the light, then this may be the best option for you.
There are layers to this
If you can’t decide on one or you have multiple needs for each room, then just use them all. You can layer your curtains with multiple styles to match whatever you need for both appearance and functionality. You can use a combination of sheer curtains and blackout curtains and add on any lining as well.
Once more for good measure
Another option is to combine looks by adding Roman shades with blackout curtains. This can provide the same effect as layering with sheer curtains and blackout curtains. Instead, the Roman shades can be used for sheer while keeping the blackout curtains.
Rental homes tend to be bland and monotone by design. It’s meant to attract all tenants and not push any away with any style choices. This means if you want your room to pop in a memorable way, you’ll need to choose some bold colors when it comes to your decor. Try using some bright, and bold curtains to make the room more vibrant.
To make the room feel taller, instead of putting the curtain rod just a few inches over the window, install it a few inches under the ceiling. You can also extend it well beyond the width of the window to make the room feel larger and more grand than it is.