Buying and decorating your own home is the ultimate exercise in pride. It’s part of the American dream. However, not everyone can afford to, or wants to, buy a home right away.
Some people have to rent while saving, because they’re not expecting to stay particularly long in the area, or because it’s all they can afford. If you’re renting but you want to make your rental feel more like home, here are three simple tips that will help.
1. Add a decorative rug
There’s something special about the look and feel of a soft, comfortable, area rug. Perhaps it serves as a reminder of happy days you spent at your grandmother’s house as a child or your own livingroom growing up.
You probably don’t have permission to redo the flooring in your rental house, so the use of an area rug can make your home feel a bit more like your own instead of a space you’ve contracted to stay in for the next few months.
2. Personal touches
What makes a house a home is the personal touch you add to it with your own taste and imagination. This could mean anything from gorgeous curtains to vintage furniture, or live plants and flowers that brighten up your space.
By adding a few personal touches to your rental and actually treating it like home instead of thinking it’s pointless to unpack personal items just to pack them up again in a year, you can quickly turn your rental into a home.
3. Personal artwork
If you’re afraid to hang anything on the walls because that would require nails and you don’t want to leave holes, talk to your landlord. Most are happy to let you hang whatever you like, as long as you’re willing to putty the holes and cover them with paint when your lease is up.
Letter perspectives are a great way to add a personal touch through art and turn your rental house into your home. Choosing to find pieces that spell your last name can make a big difference when it comes to feeling like home.
Each piece is different, meaning that it provides not just a personal touch, but artwork that’s appealing. These are conversation pieces that can lead to many lively discussions on the subject of art and home decor. Most importantly, it’ll instantly transform your rental into your home.
A rental house or apartment might not equate to your idea of dream living, but as long as it’s your reality you might as well make the most of it. Small, personal touches make a big difference.