When renting a place to live, it can often seem like we’re limited in our options to do what we want with the place. There are many rules about what you can, and even more-so can’t, do with a rental house and definitely consequences if you break those rules. This is the time, however, to think outside the box and really put your creative insight to the test!
Start from the bottom up
One initial step you can take into making a rental house your own is by laying down your own flooring. You may not be able to install that warm walnut hardwood flooring that you desire but you can add your own touch with some intricate area or throw rugs. Adding this simple touch can warm up your space and make it feel a lot more homey. Plus when you add a rug, this gives the original floor an extra layer of protection so you don’t have to worry about any damage to the owner’s floors!
A touch of green
Another element you can add, whether you have a yard or not, are planters. They provide a sense of nature and bring people down to earth. Having plants to take care can also be very therapeutic for some people. Whether you put them inside or outside of your place, planters are great temporary décor.
Set the mood
Whatever mood you’re trying to set for your home, lighting is key. A lot of times when people think of changing the lighting in their place, images of ladders, several hours at the store, and a daunting installation process come to mind. However, sometimes it can be as easy as changing a light bulb. Adjusting the color and/or type of bulb you use can make all the difference in the feel of the room with very little cost and no permanent changes. And if you really want to get creative you can even choose a colored light bulb.
Wallpaper is in
Painting is often one of the big no-no’s when renting a place to live. And usually if it is allowed, you are either limited in color choices or must paint it back once your lease is up. In comes wallpaper. This once permanent choice of décor can now be a temporary makeover for your walls. And now with more styles to choose from, this quick fix seems like the better choice over painting even in a permanent home.
Adding your personal touch
Finally, wherever you live or spend the majority of your time, rental house or not, one of the best ways to make a space your own is to add personal items. Placing pictures of loved ones, friends, or memories are things unique to you and will put a smile on your face even if you’re having a hard day. Also placing some of your own trinkets or ornamentation around the house will put you in a place of comfort and make you feel welcome and at home.
Moving from place to place can sometimes leave us feeling we are not in our own space. Just making some simple adjustments however, can create an environment we can call and feel like home.