It is in our nature to try and make any living space feel homier and more comfortable to spend time in. Living in a space that doesn’t feel your own may cause mental strain and lead to overall dissatisfaction. That’s why most of us dive straight into decorating as soon as we move into our new home.
However, if you’re renting your living space, chances are you won’t be able to make all the changes you otherwise would if the place were yours. And even if you have an amazing landlord that truly doesn’t mind having the place redecorated, you still may want to keep the changes minimal and damage-free. That being said, here are some amazing ways you can make any living space feel homier and add a personal touch without necessarily damaging anything or making huge structural changes.
Clean the house thoroughly
The first thing you can do to instantly feel more comfortable in any space is clean it thoroughly. No matter how clean the house is once you move in, chances are you won’t feel entirely comfortable in it until you give it a good scrub yourself. This particularly applies to areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom. Once you clean everything – even though it may already be clean – you’ll instantly feel much more comfortable.
Change the color scheme without actually painting
The next thing you can do is change the color of your living space. Now, when changing the color scheme of living space is mentioned, people instantly assume we’re talking about repainting it. But you can actually do so without ever reaching for a paintbrush. Instead, you should get your hands on different colorful furniture covers, throw pillows and blankets, and similar décor elements. If the base of your décor is neutral, you can easily add any color into the mix and have it entirely transform the space. What’s more, some design experts actually encourage this approach over repainting the room, as it leaves more room for creativity and potential upgrades later on.
Warm up the floors
Similarly, you can also add more warmth, depth, and interest to any living space by simply throwing a couple of comfortable area rugs into the mix. When considering the type of rugs you wish to go with, it’s always best to choose natural materials. For instance, New Zealand wool is one of the softest and comfiest options on the market, which is why area rugs from NZ are such a popular option across the globe. They have tons of sheep, which makes sense why the wool is so great. Don’t be surprised if you see this material around your house in the United States. Wool is not only super comfortable and easy to maintain, but it’s also hypoallergenic and can even help you improve the indoor air quality.
Play around with different lighting options
Lighting is another element of interior design that can instantly change the vibe of the entire space. Adding new lighting fixtures to a room doesn’t necessarily have to be intrusive. Floor lamps, table lamps, and LED light strips can help you with creating a stunning mood in your interior without having to drill any holes and mount new fixtures on the walls. When organizing these fixtures, make sure you go for a layered look that will enable you to control the amount of light you have in your space at any given time. You can even go for the options that feature a lighting dimmer so that you can lower or increase the brightness as necessary.
Add interesting window treatments
In the end, to even further boost not just the comfiness but the style of your rental living space, you can easily achieve so by adding window treatments. Chances are that your rental already has some sort of curtains installed. However, if you don’t like them or you simply find them clashing with the rest of the design, feel free to change them. Ideally, you should try to layer different curtains to not only add more visual interest to your room but also increase privacy.
For instance, you can hang light and breezy curtains in any color of your choice and thus add more vibrancy to the space. You can also layer opaque drapes over those curtains – and potentially add even more color – so that you can block your windows and have more privacy whenever you need it.
These were just some of the ways you can decorate your rental and make it feel homier without necessarily changing or damaging the property in any way. And the best part is that you can easily take all of these décor elements with you once you decide to move.
By Mike Johnston