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Designing the ideal space can be mega-challenging when you're forced to adhere to the sometimes strict and always annoying laws of rental living. There are buildings that don’t allow you to paint your walls or even hang art using nails (but did you know some landlords will allow you to choose a paint color — within reason — before you move in?).
But, before you box yourself in, phone your landlord and find out what your specific rental rules are! You’d be surprised to learn how many updates, as in finishes, lighting fixtures and appliances, you’re allowed as a new tenant. Once you’ve figured what you can and can’t do, peruse these next five tips, and get to decorating. In the very near future, your place could look so cool that people will assume you must have bought your place....