7 Ways To Make Your Rented Property Feel Like A Home
Renting can often feel a little restrictive especially when compared to buying your own home. But getting on the property ladder isn’t easy and many people simply prefer the fluidity and versatility that renting brings. If you are renting, there are still plenty of ways you can make your property feel more like home. Take a look at our top 7 ways to make your rented property feel like a home:
Little Personal Touches
Renting a home may well have some restrictions with things like decorating (check your tenancy agreement), but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the freedom to showcase your own unique style. If you can’t decorate then focus on the little things instead. There are plenty of ways you can do this, add soft furnishings like curtains, rugs and pillows in a bold colour or pattern, add some ornaments to your living room, or why not get a funky welcome matt? You don’t have to decorate a whole room to showcase your personality sometimes you can achieve a lot by working on a small scale.
Wall art whether its photographs, drawings or paintings can be a great way to make any rented property feel more like a home! Because wall art encompasses so many different things you can showcase your personality in a wide number of ways all-around your home. A landlord friendly way of hanging your favourite wall decoration is to use Command Strips, these reusable adhesive strips allow you to hang even bulky items and best of all leave no marks when it comes time to take everything down. Another creative option to stamp your personality on a room is to use a notice board to display photographs, children’s artwork, postcards etc.
Decorating is a sure-fire way to add your own personal flair to a property however, you will need to check your tenancy agreement to see if it is permissible. As with all home decorating it’s best to start small and scale up. You may want to try painting an accent wall, or add a feature wallpaper, for those more adventurous check out these stunning photo murals from Photowall.co.uk
Plants and Gardening
Plants are much more than a traditional housewarming present they are a great way to make your property feel more like home. Indoor plants improve air quality, add colour and a warm lived in feeling. If you are not sure how green your fingers are why not try a low maintenance option like the currently popular terrarium, there are plenty of terrarium ideas and good advice in this article that should get you started.
Light Things Up
Light is a very effective way to transform a room sometimes simply switching lightbulbs to make them brighter or dimmer can achieve great results. You can easily add some personal touches to your home lighting and make things feel much more homely. Use freestanding lamps for bedrooms and hallways especially if they have mirrors to make rooms feel larger. And remember sometimes simple things like changing shades can have a huge impact. This fun feather Lipsy lampshade from Next will add some frivolity or try this elegant chandelier type pendant from Dunelm to add a touch of opulence. Play around with your lighting to create a look that is as unique as you are!
Proudly Display Your Belongings
One of the most effective ways to make a rented property feel more like a home is to make sure your personal belongings are proudly on display. Everyone has a few personal belongings, from treasured family heirlooms to children’s finger paintings, so showcase them around your home to make it feel more like your own space.
Celebrate Your Hobbies And Interests
Create a space where you can enjoy your hobbies or interests. Do you enjoy drawing or painting? Then transform part of your bedroom or living space into an artist’s spot, you could even set up an easel and have some canvas on display. If you enjoy reading have a bookshelf set up and a big comfy chair for you to rest and relax in. You might need to get creative if you have a more unique hobby or don’t have a lot of space to work with but where there is a will there is a way for you to create a space just for you.
Finally, our last tip to help make a rented property feel more homely is to clean it.Yes, I know… cleaning the house is not on most people’s list of enjoyable things to do, but it is nonetheless true. If you clean your new home, it does make it feel more like your own!