Have you just moved into a new rental property and are looking for ways to make it feel homely without breaking the bank? Or wanting some ideas to spruce up your home without breaking any rental property rules? It’s not as hard as you think; here are a few easy and cheap ways to make your rental property feel more like home:
Firstly before we get started, the main worry when decorating any rental property is what you are and aren’t allowed to do. It is always a good idea to contact your agent or landlord before doing anything as a lot of the time hammering nails into the walls are a big no-no. But there are many great ways to add fixings onto your walls or ceilings now without destroying them in the process. Pop down to explore your local hardware store or supermarket and you will be able to find many alternatives that won’t lose you your deposit.
You also have the option to lean if you don’t want to risk sticking to the walls at all. It can look just as good and it won’t leave any potential wall damage. It also allows you to move them around easily if you change your mind or just fancy a re-arrange.
If you are lucky most rental properties are usually a blank canvas, with most likely white walls and some form of neutral flooring it gives you the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. Light or neutral walls and flooring are great for opening up the space but adding colour and patterns back in will bring warmth and personality into to your new home. Try a statement piece of furniture as your centre-piece, this will be a good place to start decorating. Once you have chosen your focal point you can work colours and styles around it.
On the other hand, if your new property already has certain unchangeable qualities, like a brightly coloured wall, or if it is a certain style period. Don’t fight with what you have, as this can sometimes work against you. Try to incorporate the colour into the textiles you choose or try adding some items that match with the time period.
Plants are a great way to liven up a room, especially if your property doesn’t have with any outside space. High or low maintenance – take your pick! Bringing the outside in doesn’t need to be hard work, and they are great for softening up any space. No matter what type of property you live in, you can find plants to suit your needs. For example, if your property is lacking in light there are many types that will suit low light settings. Or if you are looking for some plants to brighten up your bathroom, try plants that like or thrive on a bit of humidity.
Plants are also good for the body too and help improve the quality of indoor air. Why not try growing some herbs for the kitchen too, these can make great fresh ingredients to add to your cooking!
If you are struggling with a boxy room or draughty flooring, try experimenting with textiles to make your home as cosy as possible! Or if you aren’t able to paint your walls the colour you’d really like, why not try a wall hanging? Textiles can be an easy and non-permanent solution to personalise your rooms. Try purchasing some rugs too, these will cosy up any hard flooring and help to keep it feeling warmer in the colder weather.
Textiles are also a great cover for any pre-furnished properties; especially for sofas. Try layering some throws and cushions, these can easily modernise or hide any tired furniture pieces – and are definitely cheaper than buying a whole new suite!
Lighting can make all the difference in your rental property, a top tip is to try to avoid any bright white lights as these can sometimes make your home feel cold and uninviting. Try using warmer white bulbs to add a cosier atmosphere to your rooms. Also why not experiment with a variety of different lamps, fairy lights or even candles as they don’t only add ambience to your property, but also allow you to control your use of electricity a lot more easily – only using what you need!
Photos are one of the easiest ways to personalise your new home, as we’ve all got old ones lying around and you don’t need much to make them look nice either. Get some textured, colourful frames or simply a cheap pin board will do to display all your old photos. Art doesn’t have to be hard to find either, it is a lot cheaper and more accessible these days with an abundance of online print sellers. A lot of them even offer budget framing services too, so get online to find out more.
If you’re moving or thinking of moving into a new rental property anytime soon, find out how we can help you with your move here on our Removals page.