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Opinion: How to personalise a rented property

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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By Laura Harrison, SEO assistant, Fountain Partnership Ltd 

If you rent your property, it can often feel like a challenge to make you house feel like a home due to the restrictions that landlords put in place on the changes you are allowed to make to the interior design of your house.  

However, putting your own stamp on your rented property is possible without meaning you have to sacrifice losing your deposit when the time comes to moving out of your temporary home. Here are just a few simple, semi-permanent ways of how you can make your rented property feel more homely that won’t break the bank…

Alternatives to painting the walls/wallpaper

The majority of landlords will not allow their tenants to wallpaper or paint the walls to their taste. If this is the case for you and you’ve had enough of those inoffensive off-white walls, there are ways to overcome this. For example, a great way to create a feature wall is with Wall Stickers. Unlike posters, they do not require blue tack (so you won’t have to worry about peeling off the paintwork as you take the poster down) and they can simply be removed by heating them up with a hairdryer, so your landlord will not have anything to complain about. There are lots of different designs available, or you can even design your own, helping you to create a sense of personalisation in your house, making it feel more like a home. 

Lighting

It’s amazing how much lighting can change the look of a home. Add ambient finishing touches to rooms by positioning lamps and candles around the rooms in your house to add a warm glow to dark corners. Paper lanterns can be a great feature piece to give a room warmth and are cheap to purchase. Furthermore, if you’re the creative type, it is easy to customise paper lanterns, and is a great way to add a personal touch to your rented property. 

Soft furnishings

You can completely change the look of your furniture by dressing them with soft furnishings such as throws and cushions. So whether you are in a property that already has furniture or if you don’t fancy spending lots of money on new furniture, add some accessories and it will completely re-vamp the look of any tired looking furniture.

Add a textured rug to the centre of rooms in your home to help give the room more structure as well as create a more cosy and homely atmosphere. Furthermore, balance the hardness of wood furniture and stoneware accessories with tactile curtains and covers.

Plenty of accessories

Nothing makes a home more personalised than lots of photos displayed throughout the house. If your landlord doesn’t allow you to put nails in the walls, then stick to standing frames and choose various colours to brighten up the rooms in your home. 

It might sound simple, but flowers are an excellent way to make a home feel more homely- whether they’re fresh or artificial flowers, they will immediately add a warmth to the home.

Upcycling

If you’re looking to get new furniture to spruce up your rented property, but don’t want to spend too much money on it because you are worried it will not necessarily fit in your next rented property (or permanent property, if you choose to buy), then perhaps upcycle some of your existing furniture to create something completely different and unique to you. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if your creativity is lacking, or alternatively if you’re not the creative type, keep an eye out on websites such as Gumtree and Ebay, or hunt down local car boot sales or charity stores for some recycled furniture at a bargain price.

You’ll be surprised at how implementing just a few of these tips into your rented property, will completely change the look of your rented property and make your house feel like your own home, without jeopardising losing any of your deposit.

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