Tuesday, 18 April 2017

5 tips on how to make a rental property feel like home

making a rental property feel like home

I've been living in my new house for exactly one month now and it well and truly feels like home now. We got quite lucky with our little house as it's decorated very much to my taste and as it's quite small it was really easy to put our own stamp on it. 

When it came to buying furniture and decorating the house we didn't have a very big budget but I feel  we've done okay with the money we had, making the house feel cosy, comfortable and extremely welcoming.

It might not be to everybody's taste but I personally love it (although looking at that photo ^^ I do need to rearrange my mantlepiece as it's looking a bit cluttered!) and coming home to my house after a hard day at work fills me with so much joy.

So how did I make a rented house feel like home?

Ikea photo frames

Fiskbo 10x15 -65pFiskbo 50x70 - £5

Create a gallery wall somewhere in the house.
The best way to make a house feel like a home? Plaster the place in photos of your face. Jody and I ordered a load of Photos from Photobox (5p a pop) then bought 15 Fiskbo frames (65p) from IKEA in various colours. We then stuck the frames up with some Unibond no more nails tape so we didn't lose our bond by destroying the walls with nails and ta-da we now have a gallery wall (or the start of one anyways, we ran out of tape and the photos haven't arrived yet).

If you aren't a fan of photos then you can also do the other thing we did - We bought yet another Fiskbo frame (Can't remember what size it was but it cost a fiver) and filled it with gig, attraction and travel tickets as a nice little reminder of all our past adventures.

primark bedding

Get yourself to Primark and buy some jazzy bedding.
Most homes are decorated in neutral colours and a lot of landlords aren't game for your re-decorating so what can you do to make your bedroom feel like your own? Well go to Primark and pick up some of their cute, colourful and cheap bedding. This king size duvet cost us £14 and the undersheet was £7 - Absolute bargain and look how much it brightens up the room!

ikea furniture

Brimnes bookcase -£55

Co-ordinate your furniture (if possible) and have colour themes. 
In our living room the furniture is all black (bought from Argos), our kitchen appliances are purple (A mix of Argos and Wilko) and our bedroom furniture is white (Ikea). Having a colour scheme running through your rooms doesn't have to be expensive and it can really pull a room together, making it feel more like home.

dfs sofa

Matalan Mongolian faux fur cushion - £8, Primark leopard throw, DFS sofa.

Make your living room a cosy den that you can't wait to get home too. 
In most houses the living room is the central hub, where you sit and talk about how your day was, cuddle up to watch tv or chill our after a busy day at work. it's important to make it a safe haven, a place where you can shrug off your worries and stress and just relax.

My living room is full of candles and lanterns (you can see them below) so aswell as smelling devine it has a really lovely ambience, especially when the curtains are closed and I'm all snuggled in my jammies.

Wether you decide to treat yourself to a brand new sofa or stick to your budget and go second hand you can never go wrong chucking a few blankets and throws on their to turn it into the perfect den - I've gone for a lie down on my sofa five times and five times I've fallen asleep: It's just so god dam cuddly!

primark planers

Primark animal planters £6, Socker plant pot £1.50Succulents £2

ikea lantern

Rotera lantern £2, Primark sea salt and lavender candle £2

hanging hot air balloon

Remember that furnishing your house and making it look good doesn't have to be an expensive do.
At the end of the day the most important thing to remember is that you don't have to spend loads and loads of money to make your house feel like your own. Pretty much everything I've featured in this post comes from Ikea, Argos, Wilko, Primark and Matalan and I think my house looks pretty nice despite the low price tags of its contents.

So there you have it - How I've made my rented house feel like a home. If you rent how did you put your own stamp on your pad? 

This post was written in collaboration with Satsuma Loans but all thoughts, opinions and love for cheap homeware is my own.


  1. So many good tips! I've been struggling with this a little bit lately as our landlady won't take out any of the furniture in the house, which means we're pretty much stuck with what we have. Lately I've been buying a lot of cheap beddings, cushions & throws to make it a bit more like us and so far it's been working. I think next I'm going to try out that gallery wall! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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