At some point in our lives, the majority of us have had to fork out a ton of money for rented accommodation to get out of the family home and gain some independence. However, it doesn’t always have that homey feel that you get when you’re back in the comfort of the nest. We figured that even though you’re unable to afford a property of your own, you shouldn’t have to feel like a stranger in your new overpriced pad. We have devised five top tips for decorating ideas on how to make your temporary rented accommodation feel a little bit homier at the lowest possible prices.
Get Crafty With Mason Jars
Mason jars are a very popular and cheap method of decorating your home as they can be used for multiple purposes. Our favourite is putting battery operated fairy lights inside to use as a nightlight or mood setter in the living room. They are the perfect alternative to using dull built-in light shades. They can also be used as a flower vase, photo frame, or candle holders.
Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Astroturf
If you’re fortunate enough to possess a private little yard with your property but unfortunate enough to lack any grass area, then Astroturf may be the ideal solution to brightening up the front/back of your house. It gives you an area to sit in the sun during summer with guests you won’t be ashamed to invite over and offers a more pleasant view than the concrete surface that was there before.
Plant Pot Tins Make The Perfect Garden Accessories
Even though you might not have the most spectacular garden, that doesn’t mean that you should leave it to wither away. Using old tin cans to plant a variety of plants can instantly boost your gardens spirit. Cactuses are really in at the moment and are easier to care for than a goldfish. Plant some of these babies and you’ll rule the garden.
Memories Fade But A Picture Will Last A Lifetime
A house isn’t a home without any pictures, but landlords are not always best pleased when you start hammering holes in the walls. That doesn’t mean to say that you can’t hang a picture of your mum, dad, and dog up to remember the good old days. Removable wall fasteners make it easier than ever to hang pictures, clocks, inspirational quotes, and whatever else takes your fancy without leaving a trace of your rebellious behaviour.
Just Throw A Throw Over It
There’s nothing like throwing a cosy new throw over a battered old sofa to make you feel at peace and snuggly. If your landlord is adamant that the shabby sofa used for over five years is still in good condition, just find the softest throw you can find and chuck it over the stains and frays. So sit back and relax on your newly vamped couch.
Words: Steph Hazlegreaves
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