4 Ways To Make Your Rental Property Feel Like A Home
When living in a rented property, it can be a difficult task trying to make it your own, and with most tenancy agreements only allowing minimal changes, it can be a frustrating feeling having a lack of control over the decoration and look of your household.
So, how can you make your property feel like yours without losing your deposit, or wasting money you won’t see again? We’ve sourced our top four tips of how you can spruce up your property without breaking your bank or annoying your landlord. Take a look…
Experiment with Colours
Being surrounded by neutral toned walls and beigey-brown carpets can feel pretty dull to live in. Whilst changing the flooring isn’t always possible, an inexpensive way of adding colour and excitement to any room is investing in a few home essentials. Statement rugs are a great way to hide any wear plus they’re also a fantastic method of protecting your floor to ensure you get your deposit back in full. Camouflaging dated sofas and chairs with cosy throws, loose covers and lots of cushions will also instantly brighten up a room. If you have a favourite colour, make it a theme for the room by adding pretty glass bottles, vases and candles. Just be careful to not get carried away – sometimes less is more!
Light it up
Lighting has the possibility to change the whole look of a room and is one of the key elements to make a space feel warm and inviting. You may not be able to change the positioning of the ones on your ceiling but adding other lights such as lamps, candles, fairy lights and stylish lampshades can drastically adjust the mood and atmosphere in a space. If you don’t have the budget to splash out on new lights, switching incandescent bulbs for LED light bulbs will illuminate your home, whilst consuming less energy and saving you money in the long run.
There’s a number of things you can do to personalise and customise your living space to make it feel homelier. Photo frames, memorable treasures and personalised art are just a few suggestions that will transform a bare space into a memory filled home. Adding frames or using a pin board that you can stand rather than hanging items on walls will allow you to add your own touch without risking your deposit.
Buying storage can be an expensive business so why not make your own? Wooden crates, old boxes and vintage shelves work well to keep items contained and out of the way. Charity shops, car boots and antique markets are great places to look for unique and affordable alternatives. If you’re struggling for inspiration, exploring the world of Pinterest and Instagram for storage DIY ideas will easily find you a hack for any storage idea you have in mind.
There you have it! Our top tips for making your rental house feel more like a home. If you have any tips, hacks and advice for other renters looking to improve their living space just drop a comment in the box below!