Many people feel that renting a home comes with a list of negatives, from not being able to decorate, to having to live in a home that feels like more of a house than a home. These negative points may well be valid, however they don’t need to be. Many landlords today will allow you to make small changes, usually reversible ones, especially if your tenancy is a longer period. Jumping on to the property market can be quite daunting, especially if you’re not quite ready. This is where renting really is the best option, giving you an idea of living independently, managing bills and having a home, yet not quite having to worry about ALL of the extras that come with being a first time home owner. There are so many easy and effective ways in which you can inject your own personal style into your rented property, without going against any landlord rules or regulations.
Making a house a home is really down to personal style, and functionality. With any home, it’s key to combine both practical and functional elements, with the stylish and charismatic design. There’s no point in purchasing loads of large pieces of furniture, if you only have a small space to place them, similarly you don’t want to place two small chairs in a huge living room, making them look lost and out of place. Making the most of the space you have is so important. Think about what you need, what will work best for you and what you like, because you’re the one who will be living in this home and you need to be comfortable and happy.
You usually find that rented properties are generally decorated with a neutral theme, made up of whites, creams and browns. By doing this, you are given the chance to express your personal style through accessories and furnishings. A neutral palette gives you plenty of room to play with, as many colours will compliment this particular theme well and you can experiment with colours that you like. Try and stick to a theme, if you want to go bold and make statements, why not add large statement cushions to your sofas and beds, or colourful throws and blankets to add extra character. You could also look at replacing your kitchen cabinet doors (if your landlord is comfortable with you doing so) to incorporate a little more personal style to the room, keeping the same kitchen but adding a little extra. Adding colour is the perfect way to create a homely, inviting feel to any room in your home, and it also enables you to show off your inner style and fuse both style and character together.
Lighting is, as weird as it may sound, another great way to make your home homely. If you are someone who likes to be wide awake and on the go, you may want to add some fluorescent lighting to the room, bright white lights are great for keeping a room lively and awake. If, however, you are more of a relaxed person who wants to come home to a calm, soothing atmosphere, then you may find that lighting with a gentle yellow tint will suit you better. Having different strengths of lighting makes a big difference to the feel of a room, ultimately effecting how you feel and can relate to the room. Having smaller lights dotted around each room will open up your home, helping it to feel cosy and warm.
No home is personal without personal touches. This may go without saying, however adding your own individual detail to any room is key to making it suited to your style. Adding features such as bookcases, house plants, DVD shelving and photographs are the perfect way to embody your personal style. If you’re an aspiring baker and just love baking cakes, why not add a shelving unit with recipe books and items to help with your baking. This will show off a little of your personality as well as be a functional feature to help you with your daily routines. Artwork is also a really good way of injecting style and personality to any room. Artwork can be hung (or placed) in almost any room, as a focal point, catching the eye and adding extra detail. Having artwork placed around your home can really brighten up a room, making it feel inviting and exciting.
All of these little ideas can really work for you when it comes to putting your stamp on a rented property. It’s not always easy to incorporate personal style when you currently have a certain style to work with, however once you do, the impact can be amazing and you can really work on making your home feel as inviting and welcoming as possible.