Feeling a little underwhelmed by the prospect of moving into an impersonal rental property? Here are a few tips that could fill you instead with inspiration and excitement to transform that property into your own vibrant space.
First of all, check your lease or with your landlord what changes you can and cannot make. Then set some goals. Set an amount you would be willing to spend on upgrading the place. How much time and effort too, including returning the property back to its original condition when you move out.
Time now to stamp your own personality on your new pad.
Whether your flat is furnished or not, you might want to invest in something to your liking. And it needn’t be expensive if you’re prepared to scan Gumtree and eBay for second-hand furniture and lighting. You can give your new home real character. Also, sign up for email alerts with your preferred interior brands. Swoon Editions stage regular warehouse sales with big discounts on furniture.
Ask yourself, what sparks joy when you walk into your home? Plants and lots of them enliven and brighten a space, in colourful pots too. Try experimenting with different varieties of house plants that vary in style and shape. Check that they are species that are at home with the level of light your place receives. Hardy, attractive and cheap varieties of houseplant include ivy, spider plant, aloe vera, rubber plants, Sansevieria, Zamioculcus zamifolia and any succulents or cacti. Make your kitchen smell incredible with a range of edible herbs.
Transform your floors with large rugs. Check eBay and Gumtree for some beautiful colourful designs at real bargains. Alternatively try La Redoute, Urban Outfitters, Holly’s House, IKEA, or Next.
Similarly add colour, snazzy designs and texture with scatter cushions and curtains you can take with you to your next home.
Personalise your walls with your travel and family photos and your favourite art. Art gallery shops, like the Tate and the V&A, sell very affordable prints (both at their sites and online). You can hang pictures without damaging the walls with damage-free picture hanging strips.
If you’re really going to town, you might find it very worthwhile painting your walls. A bright white to offset all those colourful plants and designs you’ve introduced. Wickes and B&Q often offer deals on paint. So you can do it on the cheap.
More excited now? If you’re looking for Swindon letting agents to rent a place, call us at Moovahome. We’d love to show you what we’ve currently available.