If spiralling rents and the current ‘rental crisis’ mean that you have to settle for somewhere that isn’t really your style. There’s no reason why you can’t make simple changes to make a rented house feel like home.
We have spent years renting and we have both owned too and in many ways, renting can be preferable to owning your own place. The dishwasher breaks, call your landlord and hope they fix it quickly. Need a new boiler? Not your problem. Well, at least not for your bank balance; it might be a bit cold there for a bit.
If you are wanting to make decorative changes to your rental house, talk to your landlord. You might be surprised at how keen they are for you to do some basic things that will improve the overall quality of the property.
Here are 9 easy ways to add your own style to make a rented house feel like home …
Mirrors can make a small space look larger and help to bounce light around a room. You can either prop them on the floor or if hanging them, just make sure to use something like Pollyfilla to fill the holes before you leave.
Wall stickers are great for rented houses as they can be added and removed with no fuss. With so many designs to chose from you can completely and quickly change the look of a room.
If like me you manage to kill all living plants, try some succulents or go for fake. Fresh flowers can also easily and quickly, brighten up rooms and hallways.
Art and photos
Think favourite quotes or photos printed onto canvas. If you aren’t allowed to make holes by hanging anything on the walls, instead use what you already have. A mantelpiece, shelves or a window ledge. Or even the floor to prop up pieces of statement art and mirrors.
Carpets not to your taste, don’t despair! Use the current trend of layering rugs to your advantage. In the living room place rugs under sofas and coffee tables. In the bedroom, try runners on each side of the bed.
It’s amazing how a few new cushions and a throw can totally change the look of, or update a tired room. In the bathroom if there is a shower curtain, replace it and then add some complementing coloured towels.
Light fixtures can be a simple and inexpensive way to change the look of a room. Take down dirty old pendants and replace with new, fresh ones. Switching shades and lightbulbs is a great way to change the feel of a room with the lighting.
Candles are amazing for creating a cosy atmosphere. You can also use them to add decor to hallways and other areas. Think floor lanterns in the hallways and tea lights on bathroom ledges.
Blinds and Curtains
When we moved in we had some hideous blinds that made it feel like we were waking up in hospital. You can either take them down or hide them under curtains. Again, just make sure you keep them somewhere safe as they’re essential if you want your security deposit back.
So there you have 9 simple ways to make a rented house feel like home. Then the biggest #rentingrule is to look somewhere like HomeLet to make sure you have insurance in place to protect all your belongings and new decorative items.
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