We’re all renting for longer, lugging our furniture from flat share to apartment to house and making do with what’s already there. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to put your own mark on your home, which can be quite tough when you’re tied to renting restrictions.
Whether bedding down for a few months or several years, we want to make our humble adobe as homely as possible. Here we’ve got ten tips on how to make your rental home feel more like your own.
- Embrace the existing aesthetics – Work with what you’ve got. Whether it’s a Georgian property, a Victorian mid-terrace or a modern flat – use that basis to create something of your own.
- Follow the freestanding furniture trend – It’s simple. If you’re on the move, your furniture is too. So pick up easy-to-move pieces that will add a sense of style to your home.
- Stylish storage – You might not be lucky enough to find that walk-in wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of. So why not put your belongings on show with a quick DIY shelf or flat-packed unit.
- Keep it simple – When looking for furniture and key decorative pieces, opt for something simple – something modular that you can reconfigure to fit in your next home.
- Shine bright – Lighting fixtures are statement pieces, so once you’ve got this right your home will look lighter, brighter and much more appealing. Say goodbye to dull shades and bring in a simple bulb, embracing the industrial, warehouse trend.
- Buy what you love – When renting, it’s hard to decide whether to splash out on furniture you love, or whether to opt for the cheaper ‘trial and chuck out’ pieces. We advise that you pick up pieces you love as you go, and soon anywhere will start to feel like home.
- Display art with a difference – There’s nothing to say that art has to be hanging on your wall. Make use of what’s already there by resting artworks on windowsills, fireplaces and storage units. It’s effortless but still so effective.
- Flower power – Bring your property to life with decorative plants and flowers. It’s a top tip for livening up any space.
- Be creative with colour – A splash of colour will brighten up the dullest of apartments. So whether it’s a cosy rug, a cool cushion or a piece of art, it will add a little personality to your rental home.
- Removable wallpaper – White walls are a blessing in a rental property, but sometimes a feature wall can really make a statement. So why not try out the new temporary wallpaper trend – adding instant style to your room. They’re easy to install – simply peel and stick.