There is no denying the fact that getting to feel at home in a rental house can be a bit challenging most times. This is especially so within the first month that you moved into the apartment. You are likely going to feel awkward when you step into the shower, cook in the kitchen, or navigate through all sorts of new drawers and cabinets. However, you can speed up the process of adjusting to your new home by just applying a few helpful tips. Here are a few ideas that might be helpful:
1. Start by painting the walls if you can
We all have that color scheme that appeals to us the most; if your new rental house does not have your preferred colors, then you may consider repainting the house. Remember, most homeowners will not allow you to repaint their house; so, you need to make sure it is allowed. Some other homeowners do not care as long as you are not using dark colors. In addition to painting the house, add some photos in beautiful frames to your walls. Personalizing your rental house this way helps make it feel like your own.
2. Add some life with plants
Having either natural or faux plants in your rental house can make all the difference and make the place feel incredibly natural. Check out a local nursery near you and find some lovely hanging or potted plants which you can use to decorate your home. Some places where you can place the plants include your kitchen, windows, sitting room, tables, etc.
3. Non-permanent décor
Something as simple as changing some of your décors can go a long way to make your rental house feel more like home. You don’t need to break the bank before you can make the required changes – just adding a colorful blanket here or a rug there can make all the difference. Make your bed a bit cozier and throw in a few more pillows for some added comfort. A comfy bed is one of those things that can make your rental house feel like home.
4. Be strategic with lighting
Most times, people complain their rental house do not have sufficient lighting or that there is no overhead lighting at all. If you find yourself in such a situation, you can take advantage of the opportunity and use the proper lighting to make your rental house feel more spacious and inviting. You can purchase some cute matching table lamps to make the room have a uniform look and also add the needed illumination or brightness.
5. Line your cabinets and shelves
This particular tip comes in handy if your rental house is an old apartment. Many old apartments have built-in wall-to-wall shelves, and you want to personalize those with the use of liners. All you have to do is to buy some rolls of liners, measure the space you want to cover, cut the liner to fit and lay it in.
Note: even if you are moving into a house you purchased, some of the tips here will still help you to settle into the new apartment faster.