When you live in a rented property, it may seem like you have limited options when it comes to updating its decor. Often times, you aren’t allowed to paint walls or hammer in nails, let alone knock down a wall to create more open space or let in more sunlight.
Fortunately, however, you aren’t as limited to changing things as you might think. There are still some updates you can make to your home or apartment that will help you feel more like a home, a place you are proud to live in and happy to come back to.
On the front, Genevieve Rosen-Biller, founder of the Australian interior design company Bed wiresshares six tips for improving your rental’s décor that don’t require the prior approval of your agent or landlord.
Swap out blinds, doorknobs and obsolete light fixtures
It’s almost obvious that the light fixtures, window treatments and doorknobs that come with a rental property will either be a bit dated or just not to your liking, says Rosen-Biller. What many people don’t realize is that these are often easily removable and can be replaced inexpensively, without the need to call in an expert.
“Opting for simple, neutral curtains, handles and light hues can quickly modernize the overall aesthetic of the place,” she says. “Remember to keep the old ones so you can put them back when you move, taking yours with you to your next home. “
Get rid of the clutter
One of the biggest challenges that rental people face is a lack of storage space, which leads to clutter, which can make even the largest room feel small and messy.
If this is the case, Rosen-Biller advises against many small pieces of furniture and prefers instead to choose more substantial and functional pieces, such as a bed frame with built-in storage underneath and large wardrobes with doors to hide everything will allow better use of the room. space and make sure it doesn’t look cluttered.
“It will be much easier to maintain order and avoid being overwhelmed with simple storage solutions that ensure everything has its place,” she says.
“When it comes to personal touches, organize what you have on display to feel like you have more space and instill a sense of calm. One trick used by many interior stylists is to group objects in similar tones but different heights and textures to create odd-numbered vignettes such as 3 or 5. Using a consistent palette of more colors. clear will also give the illusion of a more open space and a calming effect “.
Invest in quality bed linen and towels
Good quality bed linen and towels can do wonders for enhancing a bedroom and bathroom. Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary, especially if you are sharing a flat share, and choosing comfortable, breathable, and luxurious pure linen bedding will ensure you always sleep well, says Rosen-Biller.
“Our Bed Threads French Linen Bedding comes in a wide array of hues that can be styled in single tones or mixed and matched for an effortless chic look,” she says. “Go for a matching set of our super plush 100% linen waffle towels and bath mat to make even the smallest bathroom feel like a 5 star hotel.”
“One of the best ways to inject your personality into a place and feel right at home is to display your favorite works of art,” says Rosen-Biller. “Plus, an art collection is something you can build over time and take wherever you go.”
She suggests adding hooks to the walls if you are allowed to (most reasonable homeowners will give you permission), otherwise get creative and lean oversized artwork against the walls on the floor and line up more rooms. small along wardrobes, mantels and shelves.
Cover the ground
Another thing we would expect when renting is ugly patterned tiles, stained carpet, weathered hardwood planks, or daggy lino in at least one of the rooms. The good news is that a quick, non-permanent fix is to layer large rugs on top of it, says Rosen-Biller.
“Add a design element and cover all kinds of sins at the same time by mixing patterns, colors and textures. If you’re on a budget, browse the Facebook Marketplace, thrift stores, and yard sales which are often a gold mine for interesting rugs at an affordable price.
Bring some greenery
An easy way to add style and tranquility to any space while keeping you connected to the natural world is to bring in indoor plants.
“A large towering plant like an olive tree or a fiddle leaf fig in a bare corner and cascading vines like devil’s ivy hanging out on a shelf will make a statement and as a bonus will clean the air,” says Rosen-Biller. “If low-maintenance plants are more your thing, go for succulents and cacti in unique pots – they’re almost impossible to kill. “
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