Whether you’re planning on being there for the short-term or see your rented place as being your long-term address, it can sometimes be difficult to make the house feel like a home. Neutral-styled interiors which although please all, can seem cold and bare when they’re the full colour palette of your house. However, there are a few simple tweaks you can make to help your house feel like a home.
Update your lighting
Lighting can be a great way to change the mood of a room, whether it’s a task light for the living room, or a bedside table lamp in the bedroom. If you’re able to change the main ceiling lights in your property, brightening your room up with a statement chandelier or new colourful shade can add a burst of style to a blank design. Alternatively, create layering with floor and table lamps used to create different zones in a room. You can create your own style by mixing and matching lamp shades and bases, giving your space that extra boost of personality.
Change your curtains
People can forget the importance of good window dressing, and the difference it can make to a room. Changing your rented curtains to something more colourful or stylish can help to really frame your windows. If you are able to, a curtain pole adds a modern touch, whilst removable rods are great for adding voile curtains to give you additional privacy. Blinds can also easily be changed – whether you have a roller or a venetian blind, just make sure you keep the original fittings for when you move out.
Add some personality with home accessories
Vases, wall art, and rugs are all great ways to inject some personality into your home. Whether you opt for a large rug to frame your coffee table and add some comfort to a laminate floor, or add a focal point to a blank wall with some canvas prints. What’s great about this form of styling is that you can look to change it with the seasons, add blue nautical cushions to your sofa during the summer for example, whilst opting for berry-toned vases in the winter months.
Style your kitchen with statement kitchenware
Kitchens are often the most expensive room to upgrade, and so as a renter you’re unlikely to want to put too much money and effort into this space. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own style in to a rented kitchen. The easiest way to do this is through small appliances and accessories. Opt for a cool chrome kettle and toaster set, or add a vintage style with bread and cake tins.
Spruce up your garden with removable items
You should put just as much love and attention in to your outside space as you do on the inside. Although you might not want to invest in a whole host of border plants and trees for example, plant pots and large containers are a great way to add colour and life to your garden in a moveable way. Garden furniture is another good way to help make your garden feel like a true extra space, you can style this up with outdoor cushions and make it a comfortable space for your next BBQ or garden party!
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