You have just moved into a new rental property and you are keen to do things to make it feel like home. But you are restricted a bit because you do not own the property, so you cannot do just what you like. So what do you do? Here are 8 ideas to make your rental feel like home.
- Change The Lighting
How any room is lit is a very important factor to making it feel homely. You can transform your rental space by making some adjustments here. It may not be possible to change the existing light fittings (you could ask your landlord for permission to do this). If you can do it, then adding skylights or dimmers is a good idea. If you can’t change the existing fittings, then you can find a really nice floor lamp which will change how a room feels.
- Go For Impact Bedding
It is unlikely that you will be able to make floor to ceiling improvements, so you need to look at items that you can add to a room to make it special. The bedroom is very important, so look for some new bed covers that will transform the room. You can choose different styles that are really eye catching, and they will distract visitors from looking at cracks in the walls and other problems.
- Change The Curtains
If your rental has old and drab curtains then you can make a real difference here. You can take the old curtains down and replace them with new and vibrant curtains. You can choose patterned curtains, or just go for plain white for a really fresh look. If you are good at sowing, you can choose your own material and make your new curtains yourself.
- Be Arty And Add Pictures
Do you have a lot of pictures that would brighten up any home? If you have then you should hang them in your new rental. If not go out and buy some nice prints. You will need to use whatever is available to hang your pictures. Your landlord will probably not want you to drill holes.
- Use Free Standing Furniture
It is unlikely that you will be able to add custom cabinets to your rental property, so think about some alternatives here. You can go for free standing bookshelves and use tables in certain rooms. In the kitchen you can use trolleys or bench carts. If you need more storage in the bedroom, go for a free standing wardrobe.
- Brighten Up With Plants
It is very easy to make your rental more like home by using plants. They will add colour and bring a touch of life. You can use plants in pots and place them almost anywhere. Tall plants that sit on the floor in a pot are a nice touch. If you have a veranda, you can drape plants there which are easily removed.
- Carpets Are A Good Idea
A lot of rental properties have carpets dating back to the war. You should hide these with inexpensive cotton rugs that are colourful and have nice patterns on them. A big rug will transform the room and make it feel warm.
- Temporary Wallpaper Will Change Things
Did you know that temporary wallpaper is available for renters? Well it is, and if you are faced with bare walls, you can use temporary wallpaper to make a rental feel like home. It is easy to hang this wallpaper by just peeling and sticking, and there are some great styles available. When you take the wallpaper off of the walls it will not damage anything.