How to Make a Rental House a Home

We all want to live in a space that represents our personal style, but that be a little tricky in a rental. But even if you’re not allowed to paint the walls or hammer nails to hang paintings there’s plenty you can do to make your rental house feel like home.

Make the lighting more welcoming

The light fittings might not be to your taste or be particularly flattering, but you don’t have to use them. Go shopping for some beautiful floor and desk lamps to bathe your home in a warm glow at night, or buy new shades or fittings for ugly ceiling lights.

Change the curtains

If you have boring white rental walls paired with bland white curtains the overall effect is pretty sterile. Take down the old curtains and carefully store them to put back up when you move out. Then pick some curtains with personality – maybe a bright colour, a dip dye job, or a great pattern.

Replace kitchen hardware

You can give your kitchen a cheap and reversible upgrade by replacing cabinet knobs and pulls. As with the curtains, be sure to keep the original ones somewhere safe and put them back on when you leave.

Put up removable wallpaper

Yep, removable wallpaper is a thing! Get all the patterned goodness with none of the permanent commitment.

Get some great rugs

If your carpet is a depressing shade of stained beige the best way to make that liveable is with some gorgeous rugs. See which rugs we’ve been eyeing off over here.

BYO kitchen island

If your kitchen is lacking in bench space but has enough floor space, you can buy a freestanding kitchen island. If your rental is lacking in storage space, be sure to get one with cupboards or drawers below.

Stock up on command hooks

Not being able to hang art on the walls is a common gripe for renters. Make use of removable command hooks and the problem is instantly solved.

Add some greenery

Plants bring life into a space and do wonders for purifying the air. Add little plants to desks, bigger ones in pots to add interest to the corners of the room, plants in hangers in windows or on the balcony.

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Author: Stacey Jacobs

Stacey founded Tidy Me, the easiest way to book a cleaner in Sydney. Tidy Me is much more than an online booking service, it is an online platform allowing professional, independent cleaners to connect with people and homes in need of their services.

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