Make a rental feel like home
Perhaps it’s because a number of us now have children old enough to have moved out of home into rental properties that our lunchtime conversations turned to the days when we were renting ourselves. A major theme of the discussion was how difficult it was to make your own stamp on the house / apartment without painting or drilling or any other major work. This is our list of the best ways we found to make our rental property feel more like ‘our home’.
Move the garden inside
The greenery and colour of indoor plants can really brighten a space, and the immense variety available means there is always something for every taste. Adding plants is especially important for apartments that may not have access to any outdoor space.
Colour doesn’t just have to be on the wall. You can make a real statement with a rug that adds sparkle to the room. There is a wide range of fabrics, sizes and styles available, so the rug doesn’t just have to be for the main living area. You can really stamp your personality on your rental by using rugs and mats throughout.
Let there be light
A simple way of adding atmosphere to a rental is experimenting with the lighting in the different rooms. Brighten a dark space or change the mood with cool lighting. This can be done simply with globes and if you are more daring, try the app controlled globe systems, like Phillips Hue.
Don’t weigh yourself down
Key to making the space feel your own is your ability to change to with your mood. You can’t do this with wall paint but, if your furniture is modular or easily moved, you can reconfigure a room when it suits you.
Wall to wall
While you may not be able to hang pictures or change the colour of the wall, there are a large range of removable wall decals that provide you the opportunity of creating a feature wall that is both colourful and reflects your impeccable taste and personality! These are reasonably inexpensive for the effect and come in all types of designs from the highly artistic to the quirky.
The inside of cupboards or drawers can be lined to create a ‘clean and brand new’ feel. This one is probably more relevant if you are renting an older home or apartment but it can work anywhere. Liners can provide colour but, if you are using ones that are also offer antimicrobial protection they have a practical use as well, preventing the growth of mould or mildew.
Home among the gumtree
One thing that wasn’t available to us when we were renting was Gumtree. This can be a great resource to pick up the rugs, mats, modular furniture or anything else you might want to turn your rental into ‘home sweet home’.