Renting a property is an option that many of us go for, but sometimes it can be hard to make a rental property feel homely when you aren’t allowed to decorate it to your own taste. However, there are still many things you can do to make the home feel more like your own and inject some of your own personality.
Most landlords will have certain rules and expectations from their tenants, so painting and hanging wallpaper probably won’t be allowed. You can always inject some colour into the rooms using colourful textiles such as blankets, throws, cushions and rugs. These are all things that can be easily moved around and places in various rooms to add a touch of colour.
Prop up your pictures
You most probably won’t be allowed to bang picture hooks into the walls but it doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Whether they are propped up on a shelf or a coffee table, combining prints such as posters, typography and photos will add your personality to any room. Tools such as command strips also work well for hanging things on the wall and can be easily removed without leaving a mark or damaging the wall.
Another simple way to add your touch into a room, when decorating a rental property, is using plants. Whether you choose an over-sized palm in a pot, a cactus, or a vase of flowers, it will brighten up the room as well as helping to purify the air.
There is no reason why you couldn’t change the curtains in a rented home. Curtains can easily be re-hung so you could go for a sheer voile with a heavier black-out curtain to help block out the light in the summer months. Remember to check as some landlords can be very fussy about certain things being hung in the windows.
Your property may have carpets or wooden floors, add some rugs to add some cosiness to your home. These can be large ones that almost cover a whole floor if you aren’t happy with the flooring you have. Rugs are versatile and can easily be rolled up and moved with you when you decide to move on.