Living in a rented apartment can be difficult at times, especially when your creative side gets the best of you and all that you want to do is repaint the walls, tear down the entire kitchen, and change everything when that is simply not an option. On the other hand, there are some options that you can consider regarding upgrading your apartment on a smaller scale, and we think that these upgrades can end up making a big difference. Here are our four simple, but effective, ways to upgrade your apartment.

Install a Rain Shower Head

An easy upgrade that can make a huge difference in your apartment is installing a rain shower head. This type of shower head will make you feel like you are standing in the rain, but in the best way possible. This shower head will not only make you look forward to using your shower, but will also make you feel like you are spending a day at the spa rather than in your own apartment.

Add Funky Lamps and Light Fixtures

Even though you are renting your apartment, it is important to make it feel as “you” as possible. Adding in unique light fixtures is a great and easy way to add character to any room in your apartment. For example, adding modern light fixtures can make your apartment feel more stylish and and sleek.

Invest In An Area Rug

Covering up a dull stretch of carpet with an area rug is the perfect way to add color and excitement to your apartment. Bringing in an area rug will definitely be okay with your landlord (we promise!) and can be a fun item to shop for at a flea market or furniture store.

Try Out Window Boxes

Adding planters to your kitchen window, or really any indoor window space, is a fun way to incorporate indoor plants in your apartment. A scientific study even found that working in an environment near live plants increases productivity.