There are many advantages to renting a property before owning one, for example, it can give you more flexibility. When renting a property, you cannot decorate which means it can sometimes be harder to make it feel like a home. In this blog, we’re giving you some tips on how to make your rented property feel like a home.
Top tips for making your property feel like a home
Use lights to your advantage
Lights can help to make your rented home look more spacious, so you can definitely use them around your property. Additionally, lights can make a place feel more cosy and comfortable, which are things you need from your living space.
A floor lamp, table lamp or LED strips are a great way to add some style to your home and brighten up the room. You don’t want the home to feel dark, so you should also encourage natural light where you can – use curtains that can be pinned back.
Highlight areas you like
Your rented accommodation may not be decorated to suit your taste, but that’s ok! In this case, why not highlight the aspects that you do like and cover things that you maybe don’t. For example, you may choose to use mirrors, rugs or other items around the property. This is because you cannot paint walls in a rented house.
Keep in mind that you cannot put nails into the walls in rented living spaces, as this will be labelled as damage. You could have a chat with your letting agent or landlord to see if there are other options, or simply lean your items against the wall. This can add more dimension and style to your home.
Wall art and wall hangings can also be placed on shelving units around rented homes. These can make a huge difference to your home.
Focus on your furniture
This one may be easier if you have an unfurnished property, but can still be used in some ways in a furnished property. An unfurnished option gives you more creative freedom as you’re starting with a blank canvas. Consider how much floor space you have and start planning!
Try to ensure that your furniture follows a certain style in terms of colours and design. This will help you to bring everything together.
You should also ensure that all of your furniture is freestanding and does not need to be attached to the wall. Remember that drilling holes in the wall will land you in trouble with your landlord. This will all be outlined in your rental agreement.
New furniture doesn’t need to cost the earth. Why not look into flat pack options, head to the charity shops or look on an online marketplace. Don’t forget you’ll need to think about soft furnishings too to make your rented flat feel like home.
House plants are a great addition to any home and they can actually be beneficial to you too! There are so many plant options, you could look into potted plants or even trailing plants.
Consider adding plants of different colours, and be sure to check their optimal conditions. Many plants can be used in any room, even the bathroom.
Accessories are a great way to make a rented space feel more like a home. They allow you to really add character and your personal taste to a home. Adding items like mirrors can also help to make the home look bigger. Position them carefully so they add depth to the room.
Rooms you’ll need to consider include your living room, bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom. Think about ways that you can add colour and inject personality into these rooms.
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