Small home decor ideas that can have big results for renters

By making small, subtle changes to your rented home, you can make it feel like you own it, and hopefully one day you will.

Owning a home is a dream for many, but may take a while before you can buy a home . If you are going to be renting for the next couple of years, you can still create a homely feel. Here are some inexpensive ways to make your house feel like a home.


 


Before you start:


Any major renovations are out of the question. You cannot change the structural integrity of the home that you're renting, so don't start knocking down walls on a whim or deciding that you immediately need a bar in your dining room. Before you start being an interior designer it is best to check with your landlord or property manager first. Sometimes the smallest of changes can soothe the soul and make you feel at home.


 


1) Smell and lighting


According to interior design specialist Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy, the first thing people notice when they walk into someone's house is the smell and the lighting. Smell invokes memory and if you have a nice-smelling home, you will associate it with something positive. Lighting is also a huge factor in making people feel comfortable, as too much light can impair your vision and make it difficult to relax. Installing a dimmer will allow you to control the lighting for yourself or for whoever pops in.


 


2) Floor decor


After walking in, smelling the room and adjusting to the light, people generally look down. It is a natural inclination to cast your eyes downwards as not to trip over things. It is up to you to decide what you are going to see when you look down.




Buffing the floors may be out of the question (unless you ask your landlord), but why not try a colourful rug? It can inexpensively change the dynamic of the room. Homes Nine notes that when choosing the right rug for your home you must factor in size, texture, style and interior colour of the walls Choosing the right rug is based on "principles of proportion".


 


3) Curtains


Curtains are the eyebrows of the room and they need to be kept tidy, shaped and attractive. Good Housekeepers acknowledges that blinds and curtains are incredibly important to the style of the room, and the main considerations are if they are safe, will give you privacy and are easy to clean.


First National Real Estate Burnie can lead you in the right direction when renting a house, but it is up to you to make that house a home. Sometimes the smallest of changes can soothe the soul and make you feel comfortable wherever you hang your hat.