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Tips & Tricks to Make Your Rental Feel More Like Home

May 3rd, 2019

Tips & Tricks to Make Your Rental Feel More Like Home

Renting can sometimes mean living in a place that never really feels like home, especially if you’re struggling with an incredibly outdated space that’s in desperate need of change. Getting settled into your new home is not an overnight process; it takes time and effort and can be hard to achieve. However, these tips and tricks can help to ease the stress and help with adjusting to life in your new rental whilst making sure all time spent there is enjoyable.

Unpack Everything as Soon as Possible

The idea of unpacking a whole home sounds tedious as is, but it’s one of the first things you should do after moving into a new rental. The longer the boxes stay cluttered around the house, the longer you’ll feel unsettled and like you’re not fully moved in. By unpacking and finding a place for all of your belongings quickly, you’ll be able to have a fresh start and organise the home how you like it, and I can guarantee you’ll instantly feel better once the mounds of boxes are out of sight.

Add Some Life with Plants and Greenery

Plants and flowers are a sure way to liven up and give the space a comforting feel. Along with brightening up a room, many plants also help to clean and remove toxins from the air, which when moving into a home previously inhabited by strangers, can bring peace of mind to those struggling to feel at home in a new rental.

Another trick is to not limit yourself to only putting plants in the living room; many plants would love the climate of a wetter room like the bathroom and would make the perfect addition to a counter or bench. Don’t forget the kitchen either, as plants placed on a windowsill can brighten up the space without cluttering it.

Get Creative and Make It Personal

Putting hooks in the wall is usually not allowed, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have mirrors or art works that inspire you around your new space. Large floor mirrors can be a great choice if you’re looking to open up a room, as they create the illusion of space.

Another trick to personalising your space is to add meaningful trinkets and treasures around the place as having the things you love on display will make the space feel lived-in. To do this you can utilise existing shelves, benches or maybe even add in a bookcase or two to display photos and other meaningful items.  Make sure to bring the items that inspire you and fill you with joy; not just the bare essentials, as these will increase your attachment to your new home.

Throw In Some Rugs and Textiles

Layering rugs is a great way to conceal a not-so-good-looking floor, as well as add some much needed texture and colour. Adding a nice rug is an easy way to reduce the coldness of a space and warm the whole room up.
Textiles are probably one of the simplest ways to make a space yours. The possibilities are endless and can range from scattering a few cushions or finding a nice thick throw, to using colourful towels in a simple bathroom.

Change Up the Lighting

Floor and table lamps are a great way to make your new home feel more spacious and inviting. Buying some cute matching lamps will not only help to tie the room together, but will also bring in some much-needed brightness and warmth to the space. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on all new décor, you could always try and liven up lamps you already own by switching out the lamp shades or the bulb for a different feel. By making these small changes to your rental, you’ll start to feel right at home.

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Isabella Zeck