Ever since I can remember I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home so I can release my creativity and have a home to be proud of. I’ve not quite reached my goal of owning my own home YET so I am currently renting.
When I first moved into my rental property I didn’t feel overjoyed! Of course, I feel blessed to have a roof over my head but it didn’t feel like home.
To me it looked like brown paper thin carpet, magnolia walls and a mustard 70’s bathroom, for someone who loves color and pattern I felt a bit unsatisfied.
Shortly after moving in we were fortunate enough that the landlord decided to update our bathroom!
I was constantly looking through home style magazines and online for inspiration. I decided to talk to my landlord to see what I could and couldn’t do to the property, this is always a good idea as at the end of the day the property does belong to someone else so you don’t want to overstep the mark!
For me making a house a home is bringing out your personality. Just adding that personal touch to a home improves your mood and helps you relax after a long day.
You deserve a home that makes you feel happy!
For someone who loves different interiors, I loved the challenge of turning an empty shell into a home (within the landlord’s wishes)
Even if it’s shopping the high street, second-hand shops or online! Make it fun and enjoy adding your new items to your home.
The great thing about a blank space is the fact that you switch different styles around and nothing’s permanent!
Here Are A 10 Tips On How To Decorate Your ‘Shell’ To Make It A Home You Will Love!
1. Get Some Plants
Plants are a great way to brighten up a space, if you like color you can have fun with different pots also.
I know some people (including myself) may not be good at keeping plants alive but there are plants out there that look great and are easy to look after i.e a cactus or a succulent plant that don’t require much watering or maintenance.
Plants also purify the air in your home which is always a bonus!
2. Create A Picture Feature Wall
Feature walls are great as you can really have fun with them!
They are perfect for those walls that are big and bare and you’re not really sure about what to do with the space.
Putting photos, artwork you like and even your child’s drawings will help make a space feel so cozy and special to you.
If you’re not allowed to hang pictures with nails you can get some command hanging strips which are very easy to use and don’t ruin the walls.
3. Upcycle, Upcycle, Upcycle
I’m all about saving the environment and being eco-friendly and believe it or not this is a great way to do your bit for the environment.
By upcycling an old piece of furniture you’re minimizing used materials going into landfill, reduces the need for production which means less pollution!
I would give all my furniture a lick of paint if I could!
Not only is it relaxing to have a project on the go but it can also be fun going out and hunting around for that perfect piece of furniture for your home.
You also end up with a one of a kind piece to display.
You may even be lucky enough to get a new piece for free!
4. Give Your Windows An Update
The more natural light the better!
A home can be so much happier just by having more natural light. However, having a good set of curtains or blinds to suit your style really makes a room feel warmer.
When we moved in our home, the living room had old office blinds up which I HATED, we eventually invested in a set of faux wood blinds and then dressed the window with some curtains to prevent the window looking too harsh.
We love the look of it and it has transformed the room.
5. Wall Stickers And Decals
Wall stickers are amazing to renters. They’re easy to apply and even easier to take off!
We wanted something fun for our son’s room as his room felt cold, we bought some simple black spots for the wall and I made a feature wall by simply sticking the spots randomly on the wall.
It has brought the room to life, it looks stylish but also playful which is exactly what you want for a 7-year-olds bedroom!
Here’s what it looked like.
It was just simple wall stickers that brought this room to life. (My son made me add the flags as he’s a flag fanatic 😉
6. Update Accessories
When I’m having a spring clean I think to myself ‘do I love this?’ ‘is this my style still?’ ‘is it making me happy?’
I’m not one to waste and throw stuff away ( anything I don’t keep gets given to family or goes to charity) but the beauty of renting is that you CAN change stuff around as you haven’t committed to one color or theme for the room.
When I think of accessories for the home I think ornaments, mirrors, candles, cushions etc.
These are all things that can be updated and if you’re not happy just mix it up and have fun.
7. Update Appliances
I find the kitchen can be a bit forgotten at times.
It’s a place that’s used a lot and can be trickier to add your personality. Updating your appliances can freshen the room and you can also add a splash of color.
Just by doing this it can make you feel happier as you enter the room!
8. Tile Stickers/Fablon
This is another great thing to add to your tired, bland kitchen. There are millions of colors and patterns to choose from.
The Fablon is great for putting on kitchen cupboards to give the kitchen a makeover that won’t break the bank or get you in trouble with the landlord. (however, it’s probably best to ask first!)
If your landlord is happy you could change the handles on your cupboards to finish off the look!
9. Invest In A Rug
I know rugs can be a tad expensive but they really give a room more life. It’s best to have a shop around and make sure you’re happy with the color and style.
Not only do they look attractive but they’re also practical as it protects the carpet!
Great for when you need your deposit back!
10. Work With What You Have On Offer!
It’s best to think about the property you are living in. Are you trying to go for ultra modern in a Victorian terrace house?
I find that not only do you want to add your own twist on your home but also go with what suits your surroundings.
Take advantage of the features!
If you’ve got a fireplace dress it up.
If there’s a picture rail add some funky frames.
It’s fun to use your imagination and if something doesn’t quite work, nothing is permanent so you can always change it.
So there ya go.
10 ways to decorate your rental to make it feel like home.
If you have any other ideas then feel free to drop a comment and let me know. I might update the list and add it.
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