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HOW DO I MAKE MY RENTAL HOME, HOMELY?

With Covid we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home and looking at our bare walls, twiddling our thumbs wanting to improve our homes where we can! When you rent a property, it can be hard making the place feel like home or make any home improvements without breaking any terms of your rental agreement or waiting for a reply from your landlord!

Luckily, there are some simple, non-permanent ways to add a little personality to make your rented place feel like home without busting your budget – and no, it’s not a waste of money. At the end of the day, just because you don’t own your home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend any money on it.

Before you start always review your contract to see what is and isn’t allowed, and ask your landlord’s permission if anything isn’t clear! The majority of the time, terms about decorating will usually say “you can, but it must be painted back to it’s original colour before you leave”

1. Pick up LOADS of plants!

Let’s start easy. Plants and flowers are a no-fail tip to liven up any living space. Not only do they look great as living organisms, many also help clean the air and remove toxins. While plants are a common addition to living areas, don’t limit yourself to these rooms. Many plants would love the microclimate of a humid room and, due to their small size, are a perfect addition to bathrooms. Although any plant will look good in a white pot, dare to be a bit adventurous and add so colour and texture with different style pots!

 

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2. Throw in some textiles

After plants, textiles must be the easiest, quickest way to make a space yours. Scatter some cushions and a chunky throw; cover a chair with a sheepskin; find a funky upholstered stool; use colourful towels in an all-white bathroom… When it comes to textiles, the possibilities are endless!

3. Add the art without the holes

Worried about hanging framed photos on the wall? Prop them on walls placing them on an end table or nightstand, or even prop an oversized work on the floor in your living room.

4. It’s all about lighting.

Even the best-styled room will look flat under inadequate lighting. Don’t rely just on ceiling lights. Add floor lamps, table lamps or even candles. Embrace the natural light you have by using mirrors to reflect it around the room. A great tip as well is to play with different brightnesses. Read our 9 top tips on improving light in a rental here!

5. Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise!

It’s the small touches that take a room from drab to fab and allow you to really express your personality and taste. Books aren’t just food for the soul they look great as well. Soft furnishings also add to the room to make it feel cosy, from rugs, to cushions and blankets! Have a browse at your local charity shop or vintage market as well for any quirky unusual items.