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How to make your rental more homely

Despite the British obsession with owning your own home, there are actually more than a few bonuses to renting a property – especially in London. Rental contracts give you the flexibility to move around and explore one of the world’s greatest cities, there are no long-term mortgages to worry about, and when maintenance problems arise, you can contact your landlord to fix the issue, rather than having to fork out money from your own pocket.

If there is one drawback to renting a property, however, it’s that making it feel like your home can be challenging. That’s why we have come up with a few tips to help you turn your generic rental into a loving home full of life.

Don’t be a cowboy builder

There are a few things you need to know before getting too excited about completely redecorating your rental property. Always check the tenancy agreement or rental contract for information relating to changes that you can make to the property. You don’t want to be liable for any damage caused, potentially losing your deposit in the process.

Paint me a picture

Now the boring bit is out of the way, let’s see how you can go about sprucing up your rental. A good place to start is by adding some pictures and wall art that can contribute colour and life to what is normally a bland background. Just make sure you use commercial hooks when hanging so the walls won’t get damaged.

Light up your life

Lamps can be another way to add a bit of extra flair to your rental – and we’re not just talking about spicing up the mood. Go for some snazzy floor lamps if you have restrictions on changing the main light fittings. Think about using table lamps to add an extra touch of brightness and style to the room.

Removable wallpaper

So you can’t do a complete refurb of the property, does that really matter? Of course not, because you can always buy removable wallpaper to add some flair to your front room or bedroom. It easily peels on and off the wall without leaving any marks. You can even take it with you to your next rental home.

Plant life

Having green friends like a small orchid sitting on the window seal or a large houseplant in the front room will help your rental feel more home-y. An added bonus is that they also clean the air and remove nasty toxins. Just remember to give them plenty of water.

Double the space with magic

Ok, so it’s not quite magic, but mirrors can help create the illusion of more space. By adding a large mirror to your wall, or using mirrored cupboards, you can make your room feel almost double the size.

You can also buy ‘attractive storage’. The kitchen is a good place to use storage items like cake stands, glassware and mug holders that will add a bit of charm and practicality.

Tone it up

Adding different colour tones can help to create an ambience in your rental. Buy drawers from antique shops and add a lick of paint to them to create different tones, or replace curtains with colourful drapes. Other ways to add extra tone is by purchasing a colourful sofa throws which will help to brighten up the property.

Whether you’re already living in a rental property or thinking of moving into one soon, with these tips we think you can go a long way to turning your rental property into a homely, vibrant place to live. At a reduced cost, too.

August 23, 2016 rentonomy Moving to the Capital