Apr 23, 2012

by English Muse

Good day friends. It’s Lelanie from of Beauty and Love here again. I hope you are all well. How was your weekend? Today I’d like to chat a bit about rentals. So many of us rent our homes. Landlords and ladies can be pretty strict with their rules and regulations. This translates into no painting and contending with the weird light fixtures and other oddities of your rental- or does it? Many of us are not happy to just let it slide; letting the décor of our dreams wait until we finally own the house of our dreams. We want a nice place- now. And who can blame you? We spend hours of our lives in our homes. They should be a sanctuary and a place of joy, a place that reflects who you are. How can you achieve this while renting? Well, read on dear friends, it is easier than you think.

1.    Wall papered panels.

You might not be able to create that feature wall in your dining room the way you wanted, by why not try this alternative instead; Buy rectangular Masonite, hardboard or pressed wood planks from your local hardware. Simply apply the wall paper you desire as you would have done to the walls and voila’- you have a feature. Go for one large one or go for three smaller panels to create a feature. Hang this on the wall, lean it against it, stand it on a dresser or prop it up behind a couch.

2.    Give your furniture personality.

If you can’t personalise the wall colour, than go for the furniture. Introduce colour by painting old wooden furniture in bold colours. Alternatively, apply pattern and texture to a few pieces. This will liven up the room and give it your personal stamp of approval.



3.     Amazing bedding.

So, your dreams of a stony grey feature wall behind your bed, has been tossed out the window? Why not get the look another way? Invest in amazing bedding; go for colour, texture, pattern or plain. This is an easy way to add the colour you wanted without making your landlord’s blood boil. Make sure it is something extra special; very soft, comfortable and totally you. A bedroom is the most sacred place in your house and should be a retreat. Consider investing in custom bedding; knowing it was made just for you, gives it that something extra.

4.    Statement lighting.

Why be stuck with that old fashioned, weird or just plain unsightly light. It is very simple to replace light fittings. Mr. Price always has a large variety of chandeliers and other lights that are reasonably priced. You could even consider Chinese lanterns front the China mall in Braamfontein. Just make sure you keep the original light and all its’ pieces safe, so you can put it back when moving out.

5.    Wall décor: framed collections or wall stickers.

Consider spicing up your walls with a framed collection. Frame items that are of sentimental value to you, things that remind you of good times. It doesn’t all have to be photos. Use frames to add interest and depth. Or consider a wall sticker. These are very cost effective, come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are fully customizable.

Highly framable

6.    Loose carpets and mats.

As mentioned in this post, these are key elements to any décor scheme. A simply mat can completely transform a room.

7.    Multi-function storage.

As mentioned here, a nice room divider can do wonders. Most rentals have an open plan dining and living area. A modular unit is ideal for defining this space. Plus, it adds extra storage and is a great way to exhibit special items.

The joy of decorating.

These simply suggestions can turn a rental into your own personal sanctuary. Let me know if any of these work for you. What have you done to personalise your rental?




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5 Responses to “How to make a rental your own.”

  1. Raji says:

    Such great tips and gorgeous photos!
    So very inspirational

  2. Naomi Bulger says:

    These are great ideas. I’ve been dying to decorate our house as we’ve just moved in and have a baby on the way, but feeling restricted as we’re renting. I’m going to try out some of your fabulous tips!

  3. Ceri says:

    I’m favouriting this because I do move every six months in and out of different rentals and everything always seems to bare and unpersonal, not being able to change anything properly.

    Will definitely be taking a few of these tips. Excellent! 😀

  4. Hey guys. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips. I hope they can be of some help to you.

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