Moving into a rental home can be a wonderful thing. You finally have your own space, some privacy and can invite your friends around when you want. All rental leases come with restrictions, like no picture hangers on the walls or no use of double sided tape. As you place your furniture and knick knacks around the rooms, it would be nice to put your personal stamp on this newly rented home. This is, in fact, easier than you think.
How to Display Photos
There are many ways to display photos without hanging them on walls. For a large quantity of photos, you could buy a large tri-fold room divider which is capable of holding A4 size photos, as well as numerous smaller ones. For single photos, use frames of assorted sizes. Photo flip books or coffee table size books printed with your personal photos are another great idea.
Choose your favourite colour theme and incorporate it into lounge cushions, tablecloths and placemats, floor rugs and curtains. In fact, your preferred colour can be used anywhere to accessorise and personalise your rental home.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask The Landlord
If the wall colour scheme is not to your liking or is a little drab, perhaps you could ask the landlord if they would give permission for you to paint it. The landlord would have to approve the colour of course, but most landlords are quite happy for you to do this. Sometimes they are time poor and have just not got around to doing it themselves. Often they will deduct the cost of the paint from your rent.
It’s Too Dark
Rental properties can often be dark because they are filled with older light fittings. The use of free standing floor lamps and table lamps can brighten up the rooms to bring a totally different perspective to a dingy dark area.
If you are a collector, whether it be Star Wars or Batman memorabilia, tea pots, teddy bears or antiques, display these in a glass fronted cabinet or open style cube display case and you will have a great conversation starter when visitors call around.
Let Your Home Reflect Your Lifestyle
If you are dedicated to reading or watching dvds or if you love house plants, keep these things on display. It is important to reflect your lifestyle in the décor of your home.
With the hundreds of photos that you would have on file, why not turn some of them into personalised wall or desk calendars? You could also have photos printed onto mouse mats or custom mugs to bring an extra personal touch to your rental home.
Bear in mind this is a rental home. You may live in it for a long time or you may only reside in it for a short time, but it should reflect your personal touch and style. If your home doesn’t suit your personality, it could have negative effect on you. Make sure everything you use to add your personal touch to this home can be taken with you.