Guest Post in Partnership with CIA Landlords
It’s one of the main gripes for renters – how do you make a house feel like a home? The list of things you can’t do to a rental can often be pretty long; no paint, no wallpaper, no wall mounting. You get the picture. So, how do you add a splash of personality to your space? Here are some of my favourite rental decorating tips for updating your home-for-now.
Cushions, rugs & throws
Cushions and rugs make everything better. Lumbered with an ugly carpet? Invest in some beautiful rugs to cover it up – the bigger the better. Ugly sofa? Disguise it with the cosiest, most textured cushions and throws that you can find. Not only will this create the cosiest spot in the house, it’ll save you on those heating bills come winter.
Buy a bookcase
A freestanding bookcase can serve a few different uses and works particularly well in a living room. It’s a great way to cover bare spaces and a good alternative to putting things up on the walls, which may not be allowed in your rental. A bookcase provides a little extra storage, somewhere to display books, prints and plants and also adds height to a room to create that all-important balance.
Light it up
The right lighting is so important when creating a homely and cosy atmosphere. Where possible, add table lamps to surfaces and free-standing statement lamps in corners. Again, they’ll bring a bit of height that really pulls a room together. Are you able to burn candles in your rental? If so, there’s no better way to add some homely ambiance. If you aren’t allowed candles, opt for LED battery operated candles instead. Used in the right way, they can be just as cosy and warming.
All white everything
Chances are, the walls in your rented house are painted a neutral colour of some description. If they’re not already white, it’s worth asking your landlord if you can paint them white. After all, how much more neutral can you get than white? It’s clean, airy and bright and most importantly, goes with everything so if it’s the foundation colour throughout the house, you can add interest with accent colours through your furnishings and accessories.
Mirror mirror on the wall
You don’t need me to tell you the wonders that a mirror can do for a room. Often in rentals, wall mounting anything is a no-no. However, there’s nothing stopping you from propping mirrors up instead – be that a big tall free standing mirror or a wall mirror propped up on a mantle piece. The same goes for artwork, prints and photos. Be creative with placement and you won’t have to go without the little touches that make a house a home.
If you’re looking for more rental decorating tips, check out my home decor category for stylish ideas on how to update your home-for-now.