Owning a house to call their own is something many young professionals aspire to have; but a high cost of living means it is a dream that may be in the works for a couple of years before becoming reality.
Most independent adults will spend at least a few years of their life renting in order to satisfy their need for independence, something which is both a blessing and a curse. The pros? No need to fork out for maintenance issues, flexibility and freedom from parents while saving for a deposit. The cons? High cost and, more often than not, somewhat displeasing decor with limited options when it comes to renovation possibilities.
Although gutting out and remodelling your rented home is not an option, there are plenty of ways to ‘do up your place without risking your deposit.
Use washi tape instead of blutack
If you’re trying to avoid drilling holes in your wall, it can be tempting to stick to blutack to put up your pictures. What a lot of people don’t realize is that blutack leaves greasy residue, something that is even harder to cover than holes at the end of your tenancy. Washi tape is inexpensive, fuss free and, most importantly, super cute, making it an ideal material to hold up your photos and posters.
Brighten up walls with vinyl decals
If you are lucky, your landlord will have chosen neutral wall colors such as whites and creams to decorate. While this is much better than other options, it can leave your home feeling a little lackluster. Vinyl decals can be bought online in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and are easily removed, making them the perfect way to enhance your home without damaging the walls.
Cover up ratty furniture
If you’re in a furnished flat, chances are the furniture has seen better days. Use throws, rugs and cushions to cover up stains and tatty material while bringing in color and patterns that reflect your personal style. Changing the headboard is a good way of making your bedroom seem more homely without costing the earth.
Create cute storage space
A common problem with rentals is the lack of storage space, particularly in one-bedroom houses.
Small shelving units can make an attractive option for housing books, ornaments or files while giving yourself more space. If you don’t have wall space for storage, try installing towel rails into cupboard doors; this adds extra space for clothes, shoes and even pan lids.
Line shelves with material
If you already own shelves, cabinets or glass fronted cupboards, a quick way to make them attractive is to line the backs with patterned material, wallpaper or fabric.
Replacing worn out hardware on cupboards and doors, and even replacing taps and showerheads in bathrooms, can go a long way to making your home look and feel new.
Replace the window coverings
Rentals often have unpleasant curtains or blinds. Choosing your own can make a world of difference, and if you store the originals safely, you won’t even need to leave your new ones behind when you move.
Click here for some fabulous DIY window treatments, courtesy of Brit + Co.
Rearrange the furniture
Rearranging your furniture can create a dramatic difference in space and is a great way to refresh the layout of our home. Moving furniture can also inspire new color palettes and design ideas.
Create a mood board
If you are reluctant to hang decor, creating a mood board can add blocks of color to your room, as well as the opportunity to hang photos and mementos. For those wanting something more practical, creating a chalkboard with chalkboard paint from Jewson Tools and resting this on a table is the perfect method of organization.
Speak to your landlord
If you’re planning on renting your space for a few years, you might find that your landlord is flexible in letting you decorate. They are often open to you painting, especially if it’s in neutral colors. You may even find an open mind toward more drastic decorating efforts as long as you’re willing to fill in holes and address any resulting damage before you move out.