Tuesday, 27 January 2015

5 Ways To Make Your Rented House Feel Like Home

When you live in a rented home it isn't always easy to make it feel like your own, even when you move into an unfurnished property.  This is because you are often subject to the landlord's choice of decor, which can sometimes be a little questionable!

We've always been quite lucky in that the houses we've lived in have been fairly neutral or we've had laid back landlords who haven't been too bothered about what we've wanted to do but I know that this isn't always the case.  Some friends of ours moved into a flat and weren't even allowed to put a picture on the wall without prior written permission!

However, I believe that even if you can't change the wallpaper in a room, or the colour scheme you can still put your own stamp onto a place and make it feel more like the kind of place you'd want to live in.

We have been in our current house for a year and are now ready to start making some changes to make it feel more like our home rather than just a place we happen to be living in and we have started with the lounge.  Although neutral in colour, the wallpaper is like something out of the seventies and the fireplace has lovely, erm, gold and brown colours which are definitely not something I would choose to have.

But that doesn't mean we can't still make the space feel more like ours!  
I've been busy gathering ideas for our lounge which is the first port of call as it's the place we spend the most amount of time.  Rodgers of York have a fantastic selection of furniture, soft furnishings and floor coverings which I could easily incorporate into my new room.  What do you think of my choices?

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And if you are living in a rented house and want to make your rented house feel like home, here are my top tips:-

1. Furnishings
If you are moving into an unfurnished property then, of course, one of the easiest ways to make a house feel your own is to bring your own items.  You can change the whole feel of a room by simply adding your own furniture into it.  If the house is furnished but bits are looking worn, consider asking the landlord whether you can replace them.  You never know, they may even contribute to the cost if something is no longer suitable for use.  If you are purchasing new items then consider buying neutral colours so that no matter what the decor of your rented house (current or future) you won't clash.  Alternatively, invest in throws to cover things up!

2. Rugs
Rugs are a brilliant way of covering up dingy or worn carpets.  There is an unattractive burn mark where the owner dropped her iron in the middle of our lounge carpet at the moment but by purchasing a large rug we have successfully covered it up, as well as brightening the room up by choosing a rug which suits our preferred colour scheme of duck egg blue.

3. Hang drapes over blinds
In our old house we had an ugly dark brown blind in the bedroom which was just an eyesore.  Using drapes we were able to cover up the blind and change the feel of the room; and we just took the drapes down when we moved.

4. Radiator Covers
If the radiators in your house look old or tatty, then invest in a cover.  These are usually easy to install and remove and can transform a tired looking radiator into an attractive and useful space which could be used for photo frames (ideal if you aren't allowed to hang any pictures on the walls!)

5. Flower Pots and Hanging Baskets
Upgrade the exterior of your property by adding hanging baskets or flower pots.  These can bring colour and vibrancy to an otherwise dull exterior; just make sure you keep them alive!

Have you any tips for how to turn your rented house into a home?

Disclosure: This post was written in connection with Rodgers of York.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

2 comments:

  1. A timely post! I am getting fed up of our rented house, but whilst we save to buy a house it seems pointless to do much about it! I am going to have to start getting crazy inventive and find free ways or cheap ways to make it 'ours'.

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  2. Some great tips here. I like the rugs idea!

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