Despite the obvious decorative restrictions that come with renting, there are still ways of making your rental property feel more homely. Whilst you may not be able to repaint an entire wall or retile the bathroom, there are some things you can do without compromising your let agreement:
Add some plants
A sure fire way to add a more homely feel to your property is to scatter around some plants. Apart from being easy on the eye, they also help clean the air and eliminate toxins. Plants are common additions to living rooms, but why not add them to your bathroom and kitchen as well? This can work due to it being a humid room and the small size of the plants.
Beef up your storage
Many rented homes can come with a lack of areas for storage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add extra furniture and/or accessories that act as storage.
Bookcases for example are great for blending storage with style, but to achieve optimum style with this you need to create balance. Ensure you’re displaying items of different shapes and sizes, as well as colours that mix well together.
Yep, there is such thing as temporary wallpaper! Coming in a range of various designs, temporary wallpaper adds to all styles and also adds a sense of fun. When you’re done with that wallpaper, or you’re moving out, you can remove it with ease and it doesn’t leave any mess behind!
Does your rental home have flooring that you’d prefer to stay hidden? That’s easy to do by introducing rugs. Rugs can also add some extra texture and colour to your home as well. Luckily there’s a wide range of rugs to choose from, so you why not try having a variation of which throughout your home to create a bohemian feel? If you’d like a more modern look, consider neutral coloured rugs that match the rest of the room’s style and colour.
Fresh lighting can sometimes make all the difference; even the best looking rooms fall flat without quality lighting.
When you consider lighting, normal advice would be to have no less than three layers throughout a room. Ambient lighting is the common layer, usually displayed through ceiling lighting. The second is task lighting, designed to act as light for a particular use, like a floor lamp for instance. And the third is accent lighting, which is there to draw attention to a particular area or object; examples include candles, table lamps and downlights – all of which can still be decorative even when switched off!
Will you be implementing any of these changes in your rental home? If so talk to us on Twitter @haart_uk and let us know your plans!