If you live in a rented home, then you may feel somewhat limited as to how much improvement you can make. Those living in rented homes tend to feel bound by the rules and regulations of their tenancy agreement, or they feel like any improvements they make will be a waste of time and money, because the home is not their own. Both theories do not have to be true. There are many ways to decorate a rented home, without feeling like you are wasting your money and whilst working within your limits, so here are our top tips for decorating your rented home.
1.) Take pictures before you start and check with your landlord.
Landlords aren’t always the horrid, miserable creatures they attract a reputation for. The reason most tenancy agreements outline what is allowed and not allowed in terms of décor is generally to protect nice homes from being given a heavy metal makeover that cannot be easily rectified. If you have a good relationship with your landlord, a simple conversation followed up with a written permission to decorate as you intend could mean that you can paint your rented home, or wallpaper your rented home without too much worry of any negative repercussions you think may come because of contracts and permissions.
2.) Adjust your attitude
Living in a nice environment, however temporary, is a significantly better experience than living in an environment you do not like, and therefore if you are not decorating because you feel that decorating a rented home is a waste of time and money: its time to adjust your thinking. Time spent looking at walls and carpets you detest will upset you far more in the long and short term, than spending some cash on a few, tasty alterations that will give your home that personalized home feeling.
3.) Decorate in a disposable way
There are items in every home that can be amended and changed without altering the basic coloring and structure to make a home feel warm, cozy, modern or majestic according to your taste. Those things are blinds, curtains, rugs, pillows, seating, bedding, soft furnishings, and decorative items such as lamps, vases, TV stands and coffee and dining tables. Basically everything that is not the actual floor, or wall of a home can have its appearance temporarily modified to suit your taste. If you have a furnished home, and you can’t swap furniture, then throws, cushion covers, and other coverings can have the same affect as changing the sofa entirely. If you have a carpet you cannot replace, then a rug can hide anything you dislike, whilst adding something that you like at the same time. If you hate the lighting, then lamps, candles and lanterns can replace the lighting in a new and creative way.
4.) Pay attention to details
Details can make all the difference when it comes to creating a lovely environment, and this is also true when living in rented home. Details on cups and saucers, pots pans, cutlery types, photos, books, shelves, bedding, and pillows all add something to the home and so by focusing on these details you can give our home a new image without having to amend any of the fundamentals.
Ben is a property expert for Guernsey estate agents Livingroom. He gives advice on a wide range of rental, open and local market properties and loves to share his knowledge with his readers.