Five ways to make a rental house a home

When moving into a rental home it can sometimes feel difficult to add your own personal touch.

The rise in property prices in recent decades have made it even harder for first time buyers to get a foothold on the property ladder. It is predicted that 59% of people aged 20-39 years old will be renting properties by 2025.

It comes as no surprise that when it comes to renting a home one of the most frustrating elements can be feeling a lack of control over how the property should be decorated. So how do you make the house a home?

Here are some top tips to help decorate a home without upsetting the landlord or spending money you won’t see again.

Fill your home with things that you love

Surround your home with objects that have a significant meaning, or remind you of a special memory. This can vary from small items brought back from trips or gifts that have sentimental value to you. You can place these items on surfaces such as desks or window sills to display them and add a little insight into your life and fill a room with memories.

Add Art and Mirrors

The most difficult thing to accept when renting a property is that the way in which it is decorated may be the complete opposite to any design ideas you have contemplated. Even the simplest of colour schemes can feel cold and impersonal. Luckily this issue can be easily fixed without the need to reach for any paintbrush. A large canvas or oversized mirror propped against a wall makes a showstopping focal point and adds depth to a room. Framed photographs or paintings can add immediate pops of colours to any wall whilst also allowing you to add your own style to the room. Make sure to double check with landlords if picture hooks are forbidden, if so picture hanging strings can be an alternative option.

Have fun with colours and different textures

If the flooring or furniture of your new home is not to your taste, do not panic. Big statement rugs are the perfect solution for flooring you would rather not have on show. Similarly if the sofa and chairs are the main issue of a room these can easily be camouflaged with cost throws, loose covers, and even vibrant pillow cases. If you have a favorite colour why not make this the main theme for the room?

Freestanding furniture is your new best friend

Rented homes often lack storage space which can increase the likelihood of clutter gathering. Creating shelving isn't always the perfect solution so why not research into freestanding storage, which you are then able to take with you when you leave. Bookcases are a winner for offering a perfect combination of both storage and decoration, offering space for ornaments and accessories.

Bring the outdoors in

House plants are a low-cost way to make your home feel warm and loved. If you don’t think you have time to maintain real plants, fake ones work just as well.

Try not to be too disheartened by the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can. With a bit of attention your rented house can soon become home!

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