We all want our homes to feel... well, like home! With rented properties, this is easier said than done, and limits on decorating, gardening and wall hangings stop us making some much needed improvements. Here are some ideas to help you personalise your rented property and make it feel like it’s your very own home, without having to give back your deposit.
Pieces such as bookcases and ladder shelves give you room to display your books and trinkets without needing to drill holes into the wall. As decorative storage spaces, they are versatile and stylish, allowing you to show off your favourite books, CDs and ornaments, filling up wall space that would otherwise be empty. This also applies to mirrors. Freestanding mirrors are not only perfect for rental properties, they’re a popular and attractive option, even for those homes that can hang them on the walls! They usually feature decorative frames and lean against a wall or on their own stand.
A simple yet effective way to add warmth and atmosphere to your home is through the lighting. Update any outdated lamp shades with new ones, adding floor lamps into dark corners and attractive table lamps to surfaces to create ambient lighting. Fairy lights draped over fireplaces and mirrors also add a cosy and pretty touch to any room, not to mention they can be found in a variety of designs.
Making the most of your soft furnishings can update even the blandest room. Matching cushions, pillows and throws are a great way to add personality and character, while large rugs can hide unsightly carpets and give your space an entire new look. Replace tatty curtains with fresh light linens, or even add voiles for a cheap but elegant look.
It’s the little things that will make your house a home. Place free standing photo frames on your surfaces, such as bedside tables and windowsills to remind you of special memories and your loved ones. Flowers and houseplants bring a bit of life to rooms, and are also great at purifying the air and keeping your rooms fresh.