9 Affordable Updates to Make Your Rental Look Expensive

Sacha Strebe

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 and even though the interior is clean, it's looking a little dated. 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 love. 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

So what simple upgrades can you make to a rental that won't cost you—ones your landlord will approve? We quizzed interior designers Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon and Christine Gachot of Gachot Studios on the simple changes you can make on a dime. It's time to start turning your makeshift space into the place you love.  

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