How to customise your rental property
Anyone interested in interior design knows what powerful effect a tastefully styled and artfully decorated home can have. It can inspire, motivate and comfort us every day and offer a true oasis of enjoyment and relaxation.
Designing such a space can be a challenge if you’re living in a rental property. We all still want to showcase our personality and customise the space so it feels more cosy and homey. To help you transform a bleak rental into your own unique space, here are several useful tips.
Address the empty walls
Decorating the empty walls is probably the best way to start customizing your rental space. For starters, hang some artwork such as paintings, framed movie posters or your own work. You can also do a wall with a cluster of pictures in vintage frames and create a gallery of your own.
Wallpaper is a great way to transform the look of your home. Make it a feature wall that will automatically draw the eye and add a ton of interest to the space. Choose removable wallpapers and you’ll be worry-free about removing it when the time comes to relocate.
Replace the light fixtures
Lighting is a crucial element of any design and it can carry a lot of importance in the overall look. If your rental presently has outdated light fixtures or the ones that simply do not meet your aesthetic requirements, replace them with contemporary pendant lights or a vintage chandelier. These pieces can completely transform the space and you can take them with you next time you move.
Add original details
Most of the times, the cabinets, shelves and bookcases that come with the rental leave a lot to be desired and often you won’t be able to buy new ones. The solution lies in improving their looks by adding details that won’t change them permanently, just for the time being.
For instance, replace the old hardware with crystal knobs or elegant pulls, but store the old ones so you can put them back when you decide to leave. Line the backs of cabinets with a patterned contact paper and it will give them a touch of luxury. Add plants that will purify the air but also add texture and splash of vibrancy.
Use the bookshelves not only for your book collection, but display original items you have brought from your travels or inherited from your grandparents, such as sophisticated porcelain tea sets, a Matryoshka doll, decorative plates, sculptures, vintage clocks and ordinary items collected in elegant glass jars.
Treat the windows
Window treatments are a fail-proof way to enhance the look of your rental space. You can opt for a light and breezy feel with soft, white curtains, or go for something more dramatic with heavier material in bold pattern that will inevitably command attention. If you live in a smaller place, put up your curtain rod a little higher above the window and you’ll maximize the space by making it visually higher.
Warm up with rugs
Colourful, soft, rich and layered rugs have the capacity to instantly warm up a space and they’re also an amazing tool to showcase your personality. They are extremely useful if the floor you’re dealing with is not in the top condition or there’s an unimpressive wall-to-wall carpet.
Living in a rental should pose no restrictions to customising it so it becomes your safe haven. There’s no need for an expensive, full-on renovation, just follow the tips here and you’ll transform your rental space successfully.