When you rent the place you live in, it can be hard to make it feel like home. Restrictions on decor and permanent fixtures can prevent you from putting your stamp on your space.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to inject a bit of personality into your rental property without making any permanent changes. From brightly coloured furniture to temporary wallpaper, here are our top tips for making your rental property feel like home.
If you’re not allowed to hang paintings on the walls, utilise your shelf space or window sills instead.
A simple artistic sculpture can add interest or even a pop of colour to a room without being too permanent. Framed artworks can also be stood on shelves instead of hung on walls.
Not got the budget for a new artwork? Why not try book arranging instead? A bookshelf with colour-coordinated books can look just as stylish as a new painting.
When you don’t have fitted storage, it’s hard to keep a living space looking clutter-free and welcoming.
Opt for moveable storage instead, like a stylish display cabinet. It’ll give you room to tidy everything away but can be easily packed up and moved out if you need to leave the property.
If you don’t have very much space, it’s a good idea to look for furniture that doubles up as storage as well. Choose bed frames with built-in shelves or pick up some clever under-bed drawers to make the most of existing space.
Nothing makes a space feel bright and fresh like some greenery!
Whether you love fresh flowers or you’re a plant aficionado, filling your living space with flora is a guaranteed way to make it feel like home.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb, either. Modern-day artificial plants are so well-made that your guests won’t even know the difference.
Bright and Beautiful
Feeling held back because you can’t paint your rental property? Don’t let those artistic talents go to waste, there are plenty of other ways you can bring colour into your rented home.
A brightly-coloured sofa like this trendy mustard Debbie Chaise sofa will add some eye-catching interest to the usual neutral tones you find in rented accommodation.
Pick up your chosen colour with other accessories around the room to complete the look. Think plant pots, cushions, dining accessories, and chairs that all match the same colour-scheme.
If you really do want to add a bit of colour and personality to your walls, there are some temporary options to explore.
Lots of retailers are now supplying temporary adhesive wallpaper for rental properties. It’s quick and easy to put up and simply peels off when it’s time to move on.
You can choose from a whole range of colours and patterns to suit your furniture and it’s a lot cheaper than getting the decorators in every time you fancy a change.
Perfect for renters and also for the indecisive!
Snug as a Bug
If your rental property doesn’t have nice flooring, it can ruin the whole feel of your living space.
Rather than getting into a debate with your landlord about the merits of beige carpet, why not throw down a rug or two instead?
Rugs are another great way to inject some temporary colour into your bedroom or living room. They’ll also act as a barrier between your carpet and any spills.
A touch of style and some protection for your deposit; it’s win-win.