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How to Make Rented Accommodation Feel Like Home

Tue 19 Aug 2014

Although you may not own your property, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your rented accommodation feel like home. It can be very frustrating when the list of things you can’t do when decorating your new home is longer than the things you can do.

Whether you have a 12 month contract or plan to rent for a few years, there are some easy enough ways to turn your property into a comfortable and homely place to live:

Paint the Walls

In the majority of cases, a landlord won’t mind if you paint the walls, and if they do, they may simply just ask you to paint them back to their original colour again when it comes to moving out.

The colour of the walls in most rented accommodation is bland and boring, so adding a splash of the colour of your choice can really make a big difference to the whole vibe and make your property feel like home.

Lighting

As with the walls, lights tend to come with the same boring covers in each room, making your property feel like a hotel instead of a home. It is easy enough to buy lampshades and light fittings though, and they will make a world of difference when it comes to your overall decoration.

You can also buy your own additional lamps and even change the bulbs to create a softer glow in some of the rooms. There are tons of different lighting options available so check out sites like Pinterest for some inspiration.

Invest in Furniture

Whether you choose a furnished or unfurnished rental property, investing in nice furniture is a great way to make your house into a home. You can always ask your landlord to remove any pieces of furniture you don’t need, or if you have some bits and bobs already then you can arrange to have your property part-furnished.

The great thing about investing in nice furniture is that you will be able to keep it for years down the line, and when you do finally get round to buying a place of your own, it will feel like home right from the beginning.

Furnish the Floor

As with walls and lighting, the floors in rented accommodation tend to be plain laminate or beige carpets, but they don’t have to stay that way. Rugs can usually be found at quite a reasonable price and will help transform a room.

Choose rugs that match your colour scheme and help give your home a bit more personality. You can put one in the middle of your sitting room, a couple each side of your bed and even one in the bathroom to keep your feet warm while you are getting ready in the morning.

Greenery

If you are renting a flat, you may not have access to a garden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a bit of greenery into your rented accommodation. Bring some of the outside in.

If you have a balcony you can buy planters or hanging baskets and fill them with bright and colourful flowers to give the area some character. If you don’t have any outside space, then you can buy a range of different houseplants that will give your room an extra flourish.

Pictures and Mirrors

You may be worried about putting stuff on the walls, but holes are actually very easy to fill in, and if you aren’t allowed to put holes in the walls then you can always use picture hanging strips – just don’t hang anything too heavy.

Hanging mirrors in a small room will help make the space feel bigger, and hanging pictures of friends and loved ones around the house will make your property feel more like home than ever.

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