5 Ways to Make a Rental Feel Like Home
“Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never question that it will be there when you return” – Leo Christopher
I have always dreamed of having my first home out of living with my parents, and with our move to London we had just that, a fresh start. What I have had to learn though, is how to make our rental feel like home. While I so badly want to paint the kitchen cupboards white and change the floors, there are so many other things that have started to make our space feel like home. At the end of the day, it’s been the smallest things that have made me truly happy, like adding lots of plants and little pieces from South Africa, these small additions have made our apartment truly feel like home.
Here are 5 ways we have made our rental feel like home:
Hang Pictures. Making sure our family and happy memories are displayed in our home makes the biggest difference. Our lease had a clause that we may not hang pictures, however we simply asked and we were given permission. We decided on a picture shelf because we have low ceilings and felt this was the best way to get in a lot of pictures without having to drill too many holes!
Add Plants. I am a huge plant lover, and feel my happiest when I’m surrounded by greenery. Maybe my African upbringing has something to do with this, but I’m sure to always have a fresh arrangement of flowers in a vase, my gorgeous Monstera and Lilly plants in my living room, and we have started a collection of pot plants on our balcony which will only grow into a small little garden in the summer!
Change the lighting. Lighting is everything. When we first moved in all the light fittings had huge shades over them. With our low ceilings the shades hung very low and made the house very dark. The first thing I did was take the shades off and leave the bare bulbs. My fiancé had his eye on this fitting since our first trip to Ikea, so eventually we got this light (to make him happy) and I have grown to love it’s uniqueness! We also added a standing floor lamp for extra light!
Bathroom. We have a lovely large bathroom but it had a tiny little mirror on the wall and no storage space. We swopped out the little mirror for a large one and added a blue storage unit to bring in some bold colour to the very white space.
Floors/carpets. The only downside to our apartment is our floors in the living room/dining area. They are laminate flooring that has been painted over a horrible brown colour and I have hated them since I came to view the apartment, but they were the ONLY con so I had to accept them. What has made the world of difference though is adding this gorgeous rug that covers most of our living room floor and lightens up the rest of it.
I still can’t wait until one day we own our own home and can paint and drill holes as we please, but for now we absolutely love our rental and we have definitely made it feel like home!
Some items that have transformed our rental: