/31 Things To Help Make Any Cookie Cutter Rental Feel Like Home

31 Things To Help Make Any Cookie Cutter Rental Feel Like Home

You are fun and colorful and full of life. Your home should reflect that.

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A pair of metal planters so good at ~hanging~ out, you won’t be surprised to find your houseguests admiring them instead of your new haircut. Sorry.


Promising review: “These are the perfect addition to your mid-century modern, boho, farmhouse, or whatever style you’re rocking indoor jungle! I love the versatility of hanging them alone or connecting two or more together! They fit a standard 6” grower pot inside which allows you to remove the plant for easy watering. I highly recommend these!!!!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in one or two).


A fun and quippy neon sign to playfully illuminate your home. You could just get one OR — since they easily connect to one another— you could get a bunch and spell out your favorite words and affirmations!


Get it from 2Modern for $72+ (available in 30+ letters, numbers, and shapes).


An industrial rolling bar cabinet with mesh double doors that’ll add a nice ~kick~ to your entryway, living room, dining room, or kitchen. Really, what room couldn’t use a little more spirit(s)?!


Promising review: “We needed a coffee cart for the upstairs office. This is a sturdy piece and was easy to put together. Besides that, it looks great. It’s rustic and modern with an industrial flair. The doors open and close nicely, and it offers plenty of storage space. We put a Nespresso machine and a small microwave on top. In the cabinets, we had enough room to fit a mini fridge and all our coffee supplies. Perfect for our needs!” —WitchScott

Get it from Amazon for $250.46+ (available in two finishes).


A set of thick velvet slip covers to help bring your vintage ’80s-style couch into the 21st century. This set includes nonslip straps so you won’t have to worry about constantly adjusting your new seats.

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Promising review: “I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and love seat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE.” —Brian/Liz

Get it from Amazon for $43.49+ (available in eight colors).


A set of plush velvet curtains – they’re a must-have for anyone looking to add some drama to their space. The perfect pop of color and texture!

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Promising review: “Ah-maze! They’re super soft and luxurious feeling. The color is great and jazz up any room. Great value for the money. They do a great job at darkening the room, too.” —Nayonna2001

Get them from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in six sizes and 11 colors).


A faux-marble surface cover because your laminate countertops have been begging for a glow up. All you have to do is peel and stick for a glossy, easy-to-clean surface that’ll elevate the look of your space.


Check out our write-up of this inexpensive and super cool marble adhesive surface cover!

Promising review: “I do not have the money for a new vanity right now. Insert DIY project to cover my ugly pink bathroom vanity with marble contact paper. It looks 100% better and it’s super durable. It’s a little tricky to work with at first and then you get the hang of it. I’m buying more for my half bath! My vanity looks so great that I decided to do the tabletop in my laundry room, and that looks great, too!” —Natalie Evans

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes).


A giant clothespin towel holder for a surefire way to make a statement in your bathroom that doesn’t leave guests with a ~foul~ impression.

Barwood Shop/Etsy

A small shop out in the Adirondacks, Barwood Shop handcrafts whimsical and functional home decor.

Promising review: “Adorable! This is such a creative idea for hanging towels in the bathroom. I am very happy with how they turned out. They look awesome in my guest bathroom!” —Meghan Purdy

Get it from Barwood Shop on Etsy for $28.97 (available in eight colors).


A white herringbone vinyl mat that will breathe new life into your home (and cover any pre-existing scratches in your hardwood floor that your landlord won’t pay to fix). These high-quality and durable mats are the perfect blend of polished and practical.

Birds Echo/Etsy

Birds Echo is a small business specializing in custom vinyl mats, rugs, and artwork to help refresh your home.

Promising review: “We love our vinyl mat. We had been looking for so long for the perfect piece for our sunroom, and this was it. Wlade was so wonderful at keeping in touch throughout the order and delivery. We are so pleased!!” —Jen Fitzgerald

Get it from Birds Echo on Etsy for $52.66+ (available in nine sizes).


A funky freestanding bookcase with industrial details that’ll help you create visuals full of fun angles and lines.


Promising reviews: “It was so easy to assemble, and it doesn’t look like a basic shelf or bookcase. It’s just what I was looking for to complete the empty corner of my room. The wood is also prettier in person than in photos.” —jagmit sekhon

Get it from Amazon for $99.99.


A set of peel-and-stick tiles to make renovating your bland kitchen a whole lot easier (and cheaper)! These eco-friendly tiles are easy to install, clean, and maintain. HGTV is shaking!

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Each pack comes with 10 11.8″ x 11.8″ self-adhesive sheets.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this backsplash!! It was easy to install and looks like real tile once it’s on the wall! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to add backsplash to an area of their house while staying on a budget. It will turn out looking great! JUST A NOTE: we used an adhesive spray to to make sure the tile stays in place. Better safe than sorry!” —Anna

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in five styles).


Promising review: “I have planned to install a backsplash in our kitchen for a long time now but I hate tiling and grouting. I did a ton of research on vinyl peel and stick tile and knew it would be the best product for me. No mess, quick install, don’t have to seal any grout, and overall a simple process. I watched a lot of install videos and purchased a cutting mat, a good box cutter, and a straight edge. The most tedious part is overlapping the grout lines, you do have to be a perfectionist and patient for this part or the tiles will look off. I knew I would be caulking around all the edges so I didn’t focus on making the edge tiles straight because if they were uneven at the bottom they would be covered by caulk but you have to keep them as level as possible. Overall the project took about half a day and I do get compliments on it.” —xliu

Get a 10-pack of 12×12 panels from Amazon for $31.99.


A foldable 3D storage ottoman made to resemble a chopped tree trunk. Out with the clutter and in with the cuteness.


Promising review: “Oh. My. Word. It’s a stump…it’s an ottoman…it’s storage! They are shockingly sturdy, especially considering the price. The top is cushioned enough for a comfortable footrest. The design is super cute and whimsical. And since the walls are thin, this thing can hold a LOT of my daughter’s toys. It’s like Mary Poppins’ bag, y’all!” —Carla J Alston

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).


A set of floating shelves offers storage space without taking up square footage. These rustic shelves will also warm up your landlord-white walls.


Promising review: “Amazing!!! Just what I wanted!!! I was able to organize my makeup with these cute shelves! It was a perfect match for our bedroom interior!!! I ordered three more for our bathroom!” —Ekaterina Nemtseva

Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).


A fluffy shag rug with carved and colorful geometric shapes that’ll upgrade your basic flooring tenfold.

Rugs USA

Promising review: “This rug exceeded my expectations. It is beautiful, soft, and colorful. I’ve received several compliments on how great it is! I’m so obsessed with it! The white of the rug brightens up the room. Now all I have to worry about is keeping it clean.” —Grace S.

Get it from Rugs USA for $28.90+ (originally $37.69+; available in eight sizes and three shapes).


A bath mat and shower curtain combo whose playful colors and message will make your bathroom feel the exact opposite of basic.

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “I adore it! It vacuums super well and dries fast. It’s surprisingly easy to keep clean. A must-have for trendy bathrooms!!” —Olliivviiaa

Promising review: “Love, love, love it! I bought this shower curtain and the bronze shower curtain hooks set to cover up ugly slider doors in my apartment and they’re great!” —Hopie

Get the bath mat from Urban Outfitters for $26 (available in four colors) and the shower curtain for $39.


An industrial hanging cage pendant or globe pendant for a room brightener with enough charm to make your home feel like its got a character of its own.

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Bulbs are not included with either fixture!

Promising review: “We needed a swag style fixture in our home office, because we don’t have space for a table lamp or floor lamp. This light fixture fit the bill perfectly. We bought the bulbs which were recommended and are happy with the soft Edison bulb lighting. We had no problem attaching the bottom grill with the clamps. Great light fixture. Highly recommend.” —Babs

Promising review: “I’d been looking for a light to hang in my studio for some ambient light, but didn’t want it to look utilitarian. This looks like some of the ones in the lighting stores but with a much friendlier pricetag.” —“Kahului Shopper” Adrienne

Get the cage pendant from Amazon for $18.99 and the globe pendant for $27.49.


An elegant moon cycle garland that’ll look ~heavenly~ above your bed, couch, or hanging from your mantlepiece.

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Promising review: “I was pretty nervous ordering this because there weren’t a ton of reviews on the gold moon phase. When this arrived I thought I would have to assemble it but it was already put together and nicely packaged so the chains didn’t tangle! The quality is so much better than I expected and you can see in my pictures the moons are pretty thick/heavy. They gave me gold matching screws to hang it but I just used a thumbtack instead. Love this!” —Holly Grote

Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in two sizes and three colors).


A lustrous handmade ceramic dinnerware set if your kitchen cabinets are open or have glass doors and you need something out of this world to put on display.


Decobate is a small business that partners with artists who handcraft gorgeous and unique home goods in Egypt.

Promising review: “This is a very striking dinner set, and I absolutely love it! Thrilled doesn’t really cover it. Now I need to collect another four place settings and the cups. Pease don’t stop making this beautiful set!” —Jeannie

Get it from Decobate on Etsy for $94.


A pack of copper and brass or satin nickel switch plate covers featuring classic colors and designs so you know that they’ll definitely age well (or, I guess, not at all).

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Promising review: “So happy I found this! I replaced a solid brass wall plate which constantly had to be wiped down and re-shined from fingerprints. I live in a home that was built in the ’90s so it has gold accents EVERYWHERE. This has enough of the brass in it to match with everything without being too much. It came with the hardware and was easy to install.” —MB!
Promising review: “I installed these in an older bathroom (much of the 1950’s decor remains) and they add a nice, classy vintage touch. The metal is not highly reflective and is closer to a brushed look, which is great for disguising fingerprints. When the light switch is frequently the first thing someone looks at and reaches for in a room, having a quality cover like this gets noticed and enhances a room very easily. I can’t believe I’m still writing about how much I enjoy a light switch cover.” —Tom Generic Dude

Get a pack of three copper and brass covers from Amazon for $12.09 (available in four sizes and six styles), and the satin nickel covers for $14.64 (available in four sizes and six styles).


An inspiring print that reimagines the famous “Girl With A Pearl Earring” as a Black woman with a bamboo hoop earring. Everyone will ask where you got this joyous piece.

Pin Franklin/Etsy

Pin Franklin is a Black woman owned art shop creating magnificent line art pieces that showcase the varied looks, experiences, and icons of Black and brown communities.

Get it from Pin Franklin on Etsy for $35+ (available in 13 sizes and two styles).

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Promising review: “With the new normal of 2020, I find myself finding ways to enjoy my surroundings at home. This project was a lot easier than I expected and brings a bit of fun inside. I did buy a yardstick and angle ruler (I think that’s what it’s called) to help with the measurements. We also had a measuring tape for the stairs. We live in a split level home so our steps are split. The pack was one short so we used contact paper for the final step. This was just what I expected and we enjoy the indoor artwork.” —Samantha Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 16 prints).


A tin of toxin-free wood polish made with beeswax, olive oil, and essential oils to give your new furniture and old floors a natural shine!

Pardo Naturals

Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned business based in Georgia that began as a way to naturally treat eczema. Their line of toxin-free beauty and home products will help you live your best life!

Get it from Pardo Naturals for $9.99.


A comfy faux leather accent chair that provides 360-degree swivel action so you can use it as a desk chair or to watch TV on one side of the room, and you’ll still be able turn to another so you can join in on a fun convo.


Promising review: “These chairs are very impressive in every way, shape and form. They are very high quality, especially when you consider their price. They are also a very nice mid-size, in contrast to a lot of these types of chairs, and fit in a smaller space. The color is very rich, the fabric is soft, and they are comfortable with good back support. They also swivel well. Highly recommend. Great value!” —Aileen Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $164.99 (available in three styles and 10 colors).


A decorative turquoise mirror with metal lace detailing will help ~reflect~ your exquisite taste!


Promising review: “I really love this little mirror! I needed to get a lot of wall decor to fill in some of the blank white space in my new apartment and I know mirrors are great for making a space seem bigger while also adding some flair. The main issue is that many decorative mirrors are so expensive, so I was excited to find this one at a great value that also looks great in my space! I was thinking it was going to be pretty tiny, but it’s about the size of a charger plate or a larger dinner plate. Super happy with this find!” —Carlee L Halbert

Get it from Amazon for $19.47+ (available in two colors).


A Persian-inspired medallion runner full of fun and bright colors that will help you create an elevated hallway or entryway. Because every last inch of your home should feel unique to you!

Rugs USA

Promising review: “It’s very bright and vibrant! Soft even though it’s low pile. The colors are beautiful and so far no shedding!! I’m obsessed with this rug and so glad I picked it! Perfect pop of bohemian style in our neutral multi purpose room. Will for sure be ordering from here again although I will be keeping this rug forever most likely!! Lots of pink but equally as much blue to even it out. We plan to get a thick pad to go under it bc we have two small kids and we have tile flooring. Very satisfied!!” —Angelea

Get the runner from Rugs USA for $55.70+ (originally $129.99+; available in five sizes, four colors, and four other shapes).


A simple wire basket side table because a minimalist storage option that also manages to be chic and complementary to any kind of aesthetic? Yeah, that’s a no-brainer. It’s open-ended design allows for storing from either side.


Promising review: “This side table is stylish in my southwestern style home, is sturdy, and practical in terms of allowing us to place drinks on it when on the sofa. I love its unique shape and materials. It’s in a small space but because of its open design, it seems like it doesn’t take up much room.” —ETG

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in 11 colors).


A blossoming rose lamp to help turn any room into the whimsical garden you read about in a children’s book and have wanted to recreate in your home ever since.


This lamp can be powered by batteries or by plugging it into a USB port!

Promising review: “It was absolutely beautiful in person when I opened it. And it was also packed with great care, so the petals on the roses weren’t damaged or bent! It’s also not heavy, so I feel better about having it since I live in a house with children. It’s the perfect nightlight of sorts too, so it’s great for having on while I wind down at night. All in all, it was exactly what I needed and wanted in a lamp, and I’m very happy that I bought it!” —Sarah Williams

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four styles).


A mid-century Sputnik chandelier that’ll orbit above you, shining a light on your impeccable style. All arms come pre-threaded and pre-wired, so you won’t need to have an electrician at the ready.


Promising review: “I’ve wanted to change out our kitchen light for forever but have been hesitant because I didn’t want to spend a few hundred bucks to change it out if we already had a working one. But I’m glad I found this light for such a great price. I wish I found it earlier. It comes almost fully put together and hanging it up was a breeze. Just keep in mind that it does not come with lightbulbs so you should place an order for that along with the light.” —Susan

Get it from Amazon for $61.99+ (available in three sizes and finishes).


A pack of assorted hand-painted ceramic knobs to sprinkle your dressers and desk drawers with a touch of eclectic sophistication.

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Promising review: “These knobs are stunning! They are very well made and no two are alike. The ceramic is sturdy and the colors are very vibrant. They bring a multitude of colors into the room without overwhelming the space.” —Tammy S.

Get it from Amazon for $21+ (available in two pack sizes).


A velvet memory foam futon tufted to perfection. No one will think this swanky and cushy sofa turns down into a crash pad.


Promising review:The blue is a bit lighter than it shows, but it’s a really beautiful color and I love it. The comfort isn’t anything less than I expected, but it’s not terrible. Folded out into a futon isn’t bad at all; my teen son wanted to sleep on it three nights in a row and thought it was comfy. You can fold it down if you feel like lounging for a movie night — then you have lots of room to spread out, kinda fun. It was easy to assemble. So far very happy with my purchase!” —amajyn

Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $386.79+ (available in six colors).


A lightweight tapestry full of bright and pastel colors to mimic the magical quality of nature. Go ahead and take a deep breath of that fresh, mountain air.


Promising review: “Beautiful tapestry! Nice stitched edges, good quality print of the design. It was going to go elsewhere in the house but it selfishly ended up by my bed because it’s so pretty.” —s.black

Get it from Amazon for $13.51+ (available in four sizes).

You now that you’ve done a little redecorating:

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The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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