How To Make A Rented Property Feel Like Home

One of the difficulties in living in rented accommodation can be making it feel truly like home. It may be that you’re not going to be there for many years, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to feel at home and put your stamp on the place while you are living there.

While there is a lot of inspiration for making a new rented flat or apartment to make it feel like home, the issue can be not wanting to waste money on furnishing and fittings that you can’t take with you, as well as making changes that can be easily reversed or that your landlord agrees to.

We have some tips for where to start with decorating your rental home.


Use house plants to fill empty corners

Plants such as a ficus tree or rubber tree are generally on the lower end of the price scale for house plants but are tall enough to adequately fill bare corners.

If you’d prefer a plant that produces flowers, then go for there Hoya plant. It doesn't need constant attention, is forgiving if you neglect to water it occasionally, and will produce fragrant pink flowers.

Adding plants, natural materials and vintage pieces to your interior will allow you to incorporate the top trend of 2020 and 2021, biophilia, into your living space. Biophilia is about connecting living spaces with nature and creating calm, wellness-promoting, and uncluttered living environments.


Cover up old carpet with a statement rug

If your rental has carpets, wooden floorboards or linoleum flooring that’s seen better days, then an on-trend rug can cover a multitude of sins.

It’s important to protect the floors in a rented property to protect your deposit. A statement rug can offer protection in high traffic areas while changing the look of a room. Furthermore, you can take the rug with you when you move.


Create a cosy atmosphere with lighting

If you are lacking natural light, then you should consider investing in some lamps to place in the corner of a room. But it need not simply be a functional piece, you can choose a lamp that stands out and becomes more of a feature.

An elegant lampshade will add some flair, and the eye is naturally drawn to light sources, so a lampshade is a must-have to add personality to a room.


Give the walls a lick of paint

Incorporating some colour in your home adds style and personality, and enables you to have that homely feel instead of boring plain walls. Don’t forget to make note of the original colour of the walls as you may have to put it back to its original colour when you leave.


Use soft furnishings to create depth and layers easily

Simply adding soft furnishings, such as cushions, curtains, rugs and throws, adds interesting layers, and a range of layered fabrics, prints, colours and textures will bring warmth and character to a room.

If you’re not sure what to go for, find one dominant fabric that initially takes your eye, perhaps the curtains or rug. Then start layering by adding smaller-scale fabrics like cushions and lampshades.

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