Most landlords forbid changes such as restructuring, decorating, and hanging pictures on their property. There are still some things you can do to personalize your temporary abode. Here are 5 ways to make your rental property feel more like home.
It’s All About You
The best way to make your house seem more like home is to surround yourself with your possessions and special objects. Stick photographs of friends and family or memorable vacations to your fridge or onto a pinboard which you could lean against a wall because you cannot hang items on the walls. Use your furniture as backdrops for your art. You could sit free-standing frames on desktops or attach a painting to the side of your bookcase.
If your rental accommodation is unfurnished, at least you will have your own furniture around you to make yourself feel more comfortable.
Save Some Space
Whether it’s condominiums in Toronto or apartments for rent in North York, most places are always short on one thing – storage space. Having a clutter-free living space ensures a more comfortable home. Buy some chic and colorful storage crates for your personal belongings. These will add some much-needed color to your rental if you are not permitted to paint the walls.
Bathrooms in rental properties are often short on storage space. Smart storage solutions include using lots of hanging storage such as a door hanger with lots of pockets for bottles, face creams, and face wipes. A shower or bath caddy is also great for storing shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel neatly. Hang a funky new shower curtain to add color and roll towels up and keep in crates or baskets on the floor, just make sure you focus on estimating construction costs before adding this to your property.
Look for items that double up as hidden storage, like chests that can be used as coffee tables or hollow stools and benches that can be filled with blankets and linen.
Merry and Bright
There is nothing worse than being in a dark, dingy house that isn’t yours. Ensure you let as much natural light into the property as possible. If this isn’t always possible, make sure you have plenty of tables lamps or floor standing lamps with soft hue bulbs to give a calming, warm ambiance.
Softly Does It
Soft furnishings are one of the best ways to personalize your rental. Cushions will add color and texture to your rooms as well as making it soft and comfortable. If the sofa and chairs are part of the property, you may want to cover them with soft, fluffy throws. These will disguise any marks, tears, and ugly colors.
Damaged floorboards or ugly flooring can be disguised with plush, colorful rugs. Throws, cushions, rugs, and blankets will all make your house more homely as well as saving on heating bills during the winter.
Having lots of potted plants in the house will cheer the place up and purify the air. Indoor terrariums require little upkeep but make an attractive focal point. Fresh flowers will provide color and release their perfume into the air – which can be rather stale in a rental apartment. Using plug-in air fresheners are another way to remove foreign smells.