Tips for Designing a Stylish and Durable Rental Property

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The best landlords offer their tenants more than just a great place to live – they also provide them with an apartment that feels like home, with features that make tenants want to stay put. Even easy-to-install details, like mirrors and upholstery, can elevate a rental property to feel more upscale. Whether you’re renting out your first property or looking to remodel your current rental, these tips will help you design a stylish rental property that will attract tenants and keep them year after year.

Living Room Lighting

Layer Lighting

One of the most important things that you can do to improve rental property design is to ensure that you have enough light in every room. This might require installing additional windows and built-in lights, or it might be as simple as adding a few floor and table lamps. If you are really looking to infuse the space with more light as well as character, consider adding in a chandelier, pendant lights, or elegant wall sconces, like our xx, pictured here above the fireplace. 

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Install Wood Flooring

While wood flooring is an investment, it is a great choice for those looking to rent out their property because it adds aesthetic value and is far more durable than carpeting. Wood flooring will give your rental home a warm, welcoming feel while also providing that wow factor prospective tenants will remember. For example, high-quality hardwood flooring in either oak or maple will make your rental look instantly more appealing—and prospective tenants might be willing to pay more to live there.

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Paint the Walls Eggshell

When it comes to the colors of your rental property, the safest choice is always to keep things neutral. You don’t have to go completely white though – a lovely, soft eggshell will provide a clean slate for tenants without being too bland. Your tenants will likely bring in colorful bedding, pillows, and artwork to add their own touch. If you do want to add a bit of color, consider painting a smaller room like the bathroom or kitchen cabinets in soft sage green or navy – colors that most people would be happy to live with.

Living Room Large Mirror

Hang Large Mirrors

Instead of installing artwork that may or may not appeal to tenants, a popular option for rental property design is to use large mirrors in your space. Mirrors give rooms an open, airy feel and help make them seem larger than they actually are. Plus, installing a new mirror takes up very little time and money on your part while adding significant ambiance. A gold mirror, like our Hayes Mirror, is the perfect way to add artistry with a permanent fixture that all will admire.

Durable Chair

Invest in Durable Upholstery 

If you are furnishing your rental property, it pays, in the long run, to invest in high-quality durable upholstery. As the furnishings will be shared by many over the years, avoid fabrics that are too lightweight or precious. Performance fabrics with a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers are advised because they are soft without being flimsy. We can help you find upholstery that looks beautiful but can survive the wear and tear of having multiple tenants use it over time.

Decorate Your Rental Property at GDC Home

Making your rental property feel like a true home for your tenants will not only be more profitable in the long run, but you’ll avoid many of the common problems that can make owning rental property tough. For all of your design needs, from new construction to putting the final finishing touches on your space, our Charleston home stores are a one-stop-shop. Our team of interior designers is trained to assist with designing both residential and rental properties, so we can make suggestions on how to reap the most reward from your unique space.

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Coastal Living Perennial Sconce

The Perennial sconce is a perfect choice for bathrooms or hallways that are in need of some rustic charm. Hand lathed from solid wood and distressed for a rustic chic effect

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Harrison Slipcovered Sofa

The Harrison series is a classic, no nonsense frame. It comes as a three-cushion sofa and a swivel or stationary chair. All frames can be upholstered or slipcovered.

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Hayes Mirror

This mirror features a hand forged metal frame finished in a lightly antiqued gold leaf with an organic, scalloped edge design.

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Summer Hill Lift Top Cocktail Table

With a soft white or gray finish, charming panel details and a convenient lift-top mechanism, the Summer Hill Lift Top Cocktail Table is a delightful addition to any living space.

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