A rented space can feel far from homey, especially when some units come furnished in styles that don’t suit you. It can be a minefield manoeuvring through what can be changed and what can’t be altered.
It’s always best to clarify what you can or cannot do to the place with your landlord before you start anything. Once you’ve got the green light, think about the time and money you want to invest and consider these tips to make the most of your space.
1. Do decorate
No matter how small, how occupied, or how much your rental rate is, always do your best to decorate your space. You may not be there for too long but your space needs to feel like your retreat so add some of your personality into your place.
2. Turn away from trends
Trends are timely things so when you’re renting a space it may seem like a good idea but we beg to differ. It may be trendy for your current space, but would a suede couch be a piece you’d like to carry along with you to your next space, perhaps 3 years later? The answer is probably no, so we suggest you pick up timeless pieces that you can see yourself owning 5 years on. This especially applies to higher-priced items.
3. Invest in versatility
Versatile pieces are great for rented and small spaces. When picking décor or furniture, it’s important to pick pieces that work well with different rooms and that can be moved around or used for other purposes. Things like multifunctional furniture, multipurpose rooms, and timeless pieces will give you your money’s worth.
4. Upgrade the fabrics
Some living units come semi-furnished, often with curtains, cushions, and bedsheets but we suggest you go out and pick up some new ones. You wouldn’t want dirty or dreary curtains and fabrics that don’t suit your style. So pick up some ready-made ones from Ikea or retail stores that look good and won’t cost you a bomb.
5. Consider art pieces and rugs
For furnished rental homes, you may not be able to make major changes to the space so add smaller additions like rugs, art pieces, and décor. These additions bring with them colour and texture that resonate with your style and personality, thus making the space more you.
This article was originally published as Inject personality into your rented home with these tips by atap.co and is written by Lydia Lohshini.