You’d be surprised how often I get engaged to work on a property that is a rental. The brief is of course more focused around decoration, but you can still make a big impact on a space in this way. Often clients whilst renting want to invest in nice pieces and build up a good collection of furniture and artwork for their dream home when they do buy. And often while renting clients will have more budget to put to things like artwork, rugs and seating.
So how can you make your rental feel more like home? And how can you invest in transferable pieces that will work when you do eventually take the plunge and buy your own place? See my ideas below to ensure you are making the right choices.
So first up making your space feel more cosy and like home. Well some of the Hygge tricks come into play here. Indoor plants are so important and have become so popular of late. Splash out on beautiful pots that will go with you later, and commit to placing green in every room. I love floor standing plants that are at least 1.6m tall. They can really fill a corner and tie in with shelving, sideboards etc. The most popular plant at the moment is still the Fiddle Leaf, it can be beautiful and so easy to look after. I also like ferns, these are great for bathrooms and areas of low light.
I touched on shelving above, just because you are renting doesn’t mean you can utilise shelves, think portable freestanding pieces. Ladder rails/shelves in bathrooms, freestanding pieces of furniture that aren’t just a standard book case, there’s so much around that can really bring your space to like if dressed well and will be a good investment for your next place.
Lastly area rugs are a must for creating comfort and homeliness, especially if you have tiled or timber floors in your rental. You can also bring in a real design style or direction for your colour palette with a good rug. I’d keep to standard sizing around 2m x 3m as this fits so many rooms nicely, and will work when you move. Invest in rugs that have natural fibres therefore will steam clean well. They will stand the test of time.
And secondly investing in pieces to take with you, I’ve mentioned a few above that will start off a good collection, however there are a few more things to think about. Like investing in artwork that means something to you and starting a collection. I know that some landlords won’t let you put holes in the walls, and not all artwork can be hung using the 3M sticky system, so use a mantle, sideboard, console or shelving to lean your artwork up against the wall. It’s so easy then to style around your feature piece. If your artwork is big enough there’s no reason why it can’t stand on the floor like this piece in a recent project I works on.
Think about your beds and sofa’s/occasional chairs. If you are going to spend well anywhere it’s here. We spend most of our time either sitting or sleeping when at home so buy the best your budget will allow. I recently invested in a great sofa, and I know when I move to our next place with a large living space I’m going to get a 2nd one made I the same fabric. It’s often worth going to a supplier that can custom make and you can extend your collection as needed. Then having one or two occasional chairs will transfer well into your next home, either in the main living areas, a separate sitting area or as bedroom chairs, I can always find a great spot for an armchair.
The rest should be left until you know what your home needs from a space and function perspective.
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