Ways to improve a rented home

Ah, renting. What a joy. There's nothing I love more than yellow walls and single glazing that costs more than a kidney on the black market. Okay I'm not sure where I was going with that, but you get the point- renting can suck. Obviously you can rent beautiful places and you can get really lucky, but the reality for most of us will be something like what I described above. Obviously the changes that you can make to a rented home are often extremely minimal (if they weren't I sure as hell wouldn't have yellow walls!), but there are a few things you can do to make it feel more like home.

Put art on the walls

By this I mean art, things in frames, and not a wall full of your photos from uni. I used to have one of those and it was great, but it feels like a very temporary solution. Actually putting framed artwork on the walls makes such a difference to how your home feels. This doesn't mean you should run out and buy lots of random art pieces just because I told you. Even just taking the Justice League poster you have hanging up and putting it in a frame can make such a huge difference- no need to spend tons of money on art. Homesense also have a really great selection of frames and artwork that I like to raid every once in a while. If you're worried about putting nails in the walls (we all know how landlords feel about that), use some Command strips. Literally everything on my walls is on there with command strips and they don't leave any marks but hold extremely well.

Display a collection

Unless you're a complete minimalist, you probably collect something, be it nail polishes, shoes or photography books. Displaying your collection neatly adds a lovely element of personality to your home and just makes it feel so much more you. Plus, if you're proud of the things you own, why not display them?

All the cushions

You may be stuck with that horrible brown sofa from the 80s, but a few decorative cushions will change up the whole look. My sofa is covered in cushions and I like to switch them up seasonally to give my home a fresh feel without having to spend lots of money. Cushion covers are pretty affordable (I love the ones from H&M in particular) and don't take up a lot of space when they're not currently in use.

Move things around

The first thing I've done every time I've moved into a rented house has been to move the furniture. Get creative with where to place things to make the most of the space, instead of having all the furniture pushed up to the walls like it usually is when you move in.

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