How to Make Yourself at Home in a Rented Flat

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  • Among the many perks of renting flats like freedom and flexibility, there’s that obvious disadvantage – rental apartments often don’t feel homely. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to transform the anonymous character of your rental apartment into a comfortable and functional space that feels like home. Here are six decoration tips to help you make your rental apartment feel more familiar and homely.

    1. Repaint your walls

    If you get the permission of your landlord, it’s a great idea to repaint your walls. Choose a color that feels homely to you and add a breath of new life to your apartment. Rental means that there’s no harm in trying things out. If you have always wanted an aquamarine wall, this is the best time to do it!

    If you get fed up with a color, another round of paint will completely change the look of your apartment. Sometimes landlords don’t give permission to repaint walls, but you can always hang colorful curtains to build a warmer atmosphere in your flat.

    2. Invest in quality furniture

    Lots of people who rent flats consider investing in expensive furniture slightly risky. You need to break this habit and replace the existing pieces of furniture with those you really love. Adding cheap, disposable furniture to your rental apartment, you’ll be recreating the atmosphere of your college dorm rather than home. Invest in a solid piece of furniture – to be on the safe side, choose classic design.

    3. Revamp your kitchen

    Since kitchen is the most homely area of the house, it could benefit from a fresh and personalized look. Carefully check your shelves and drawers – if needed, add new shelf liners. This is also where you can organize the contents of your drawers and shelves, as well as properly clean them.

    Here are some ideas for personalizing your kitchen:

    • Replace the faucet
    • Update your hardware, like knobs or pulls
    • Add more storage space using drawer organizers or small wire shelves
    • Cover an ugly counter top with a large wooden cutting board
    • Change old switch plates to those made of stainless steel
    • Buy a nice dish rack
    • Add small decorations – pictures on the walls or a small herb garden on the counter top

    4. Change your lighting

    Light and lighting are more important than you think – they practically create the whole atmosphere at your apartment. Get rid of ugly lighting fixtures and add new ones – they’ll give you lots of light and simply look great in your rooms. Store the original fixtures – you’ll need to swap them back when moving out, otherwise you risk not getting back your deposit money.

    5. Hang mirrors

    This tip will be perfect for those of you who rent very small apartments. Mirrors have been used for ages to enhance the visual volume of space and trick the eye into thinking that a room is way bigger than it actually is.

    Go on a shopping spree to find beautiful mirrors for your room. This Pinterest board is simply bound to inspire you: You can also look for decorative mirrors on local flea markets, saving you lots of money on decoration.

    6. Spice up your space with room dividers

    A smart use of space dividers can turn a boring small apartment into a functional and fun place to stay in. Purchase decorative room dividers to completely redefine your space and transform the look of your apartment. If you’ve got something to hide, for instance a storage, you can place it behind a room divider.

    Follow these tips and you’ll transform your rental apartment into a great space that feels familiar, homely and reflects your personality.

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