Make your Rental a Home
One of the biggest downsides to renting is making a place truly feel like home. It can be tricky enough to find a property that ticks all the boxes, let alone one that suits your personal design style. From carpet in questionable colours to bathrooms from your nanna’s era, your average rental is often far from fresh and modern.
Add personality with art and accessories
It might not be your permanent home but it should feel like ‘yours’ so display those family photos and treasured knick-knacks. Add pot plants by your front door, grow a veggie patch and hang fairy lights in the garden – make the space feel like you’ve been there all along. These little things can really make a space feel more like a home.
Surprisingly easy updates
Hate that pendant lamp shade? Replace it! Tie it in with matching floor or table lamps in the room for a cohesive style. Artwork is an easy, affordable – and instant – way to bring your own style to a space. Even leaning artwork against a cabinet can have an impact. Windows are also easy to update: Replace daggy curtains using the existing curtain rods.
Be wary – it’s not your forever home
Save yourself the hassle of patching up holes left by nails. Instead, use some of the really strong sticky hooks on the market to hang art. Also, opt for modular furniture – Remember: You might have moved into a spacious new rental property but don’t go out and buy an extra-large sofa: Your next home may not be the same scale!
- Plants in every room of the house will add a lovely fresh vibe.
- Set the mood with task lighting to make a room feel welcoming and cozy.
- Display all the art you can. Check your rental clause – you may be allowed to drill into walls, as long as you fix it up before moving out.
- Cover up flooring with a big, plush rug. If you can’t find one big enough, layer two or three for a bit of bohemian swagger.