How can you make your rental feel like your own while still abiding by the strict rules some properties impose? Neale Whitaker shares his tips to help you leave a (non-permanent) personal mark on your home, inside and out.
The good news for renters is that there are so many removable solutions for decorating your space, which didn’t always exist.
You can hang your lightweight art on easy-to-remove hooks to hang your art, but it’s also perfectly acceptable (and looks great) to lean your prints or mirrors against walls and not hang them.
Chances are, if you’re taking out a long-term rental it’ll be unfurnished, so you can bring in all your pieces. It's all about what you bring into the home that will help you inject personality.
However, if you really are opposed to some of the design features, there are a few things you can do to update the space:
Bunnings has all sorts of floating floors that you can fit over floorboards, tiles, vinyl or carpet, but that is quite costly.
Instead, you can invest in a beautiful rug to cover any flooring you don't particularly like. There’s no need to put down a new floor when you’ve got so much choice at your fingertips. Best of all, a rug can go with you when you decide to leave.
Take the doorknobs and handles off doors and drawers and replace them with cheaper alternatives - just remember to keep them somewhere safe as you'll need to restore the property to its original condition when you move out.
If you’ve got ugly blinds, ideally you could take them down and replace with new window treatments and blinds. Try talking to the landlord to see if it’s possible to replace them - you might find they're amenable to the change. If not, my advice is to keep them open.
There are some great partition screens that can be used to create little zones, but it all depends on the floorplan of where you’re living. Just remember, there are great solutions out there for everyone.
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