There are always things that you can do to make a home your own, even if you’re only renting. Sure, when you don’t own your new place, there are some restrictions but from experience, if you ask your landlord before doing anything, there’s normally no issue. I’ve put together a list of eight ways you can easily make a house into a home that aren’t too expensive and are easily done.
- Photos One of the easiest and quickest way to make a home your own is by adding photos. They don’t have to be on the walls necessarily, they can be on your shelves, windowsills, etc. Choose photos that make you smile. We have a photo wall up the stairs with photos of us which I love but we still need some more.
- Paint In rented accommodation, this may be more difficult but depending on your landlord. They’ll often let you paint as long as under contract, you return your home to the way it was when you moved in. Putting paint on our walls has been our way of putting a stamp on the house. It’s made it feel like home and has been our first venture with decorating.
- Plants We bought potted plants pretty much as soon as we moved in. Curt got some online and we also bought a fair few from Ikea, with this being my favourite. Plants help to purify the air and can create a really relaxing atmosphere in the rooms.
- Artwork This particular piece was actually gifted to me and I love it! Artwork can be a great way to give a room a bit of character and change the atmosphere in there. I have a few subtle pieces but adore this larger piece above our bed. Typography prints are really popular at the moment, but they are some of my favourites.
- Candles There’s nothing better for me than curling up on the sofa with the lights off and candles burning in the evenings. I love my wax melts and always change up the scents I’m using. I love fruity and tropical scents downstairs and then tend to go for more relaxing or musky scents upstairs.
- Cushions & Blankets Another easy way to make a home your own, especially with rented accommodations is with blankets and cushions on your sofas and bed. Not only do they make them that little bit cosier, but you can bring in accent colours
- Rugs We don’t actually have any rugs because we have carpet in our main room. I want to get a patterned runner in the hallway to add a bit more of an entranceway. That being said, it’s a little bit difficult with a puppy who we can’t stop eating our doormat at the moment!
- Upcycling Again, this may be more difficult if you don’t own your furniture but this is so simple to do. I’ve used sticky back plastic to wrap our kitchen sides and the tops of our bedside tables. It’s made our bedroom look so much nicer and finished. The aim is to do the kitchen cupboards in some grey wrap too but we wanted to make sure Luna wasn’t going to eat the cupboards first!
- Mirrors Until I put a feature mirror in our hallway, I never realised how much they can change a room! I love that it’s become something that your eye is drawn to and completely helps shape this non-room area. Once we sort out our landing area, I really want a big, portrait mirror there too.
I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for some of the easy ways to make a home your own. It doesn’t have to take much effort or money to put your stamp on somewhere, especially if you’re only renting your place. If you’re looking to get a new print, canvas or wall mural, Photowall has been kind enough to give my readers an exclusive discount using “missdanielle25” at the checkout. It’s only valid until 18th June 2020 so make sure you check them out. The frame we got with ours is great quality and it has been framed really well.