How to dec­o­rate a rented home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

Cost of ren­o­va­tion: High

Leak­age from a wa­ter sys­tem or IF there are rules that you as a renter must fol­low, make it these 10 com­mand­ments. Be­cause, while pay­ing your rent on time is im­por­tant, so too is mak­ing sure your place is per­son­al­ized and stylish. Work­ing within the bound­aries of your land­lord, it’s lit­tle things like a new light fix­ture that will make an im­pact with­out cost­ing a lot of time or money. And, the best part about this en­tire list is that you’ll leave with your se­cu­rity de­posit in­tact once it’s time to move up and on.

Do get writ­ten per­mis­sion It’s you ver­sus the land­lord. With your agree­ments spelled out in ink, chances fare bet­ter that the lord of your manor will re­mem­ber your pact, and you’ll move on to your next castle with peace of mind and, hope­fully, a de­posit fully re­turned.

Do be thrifty Your home is nei­ther a youth hos­tel nor a five-star ho­tel. If you’re on a bud­get, or tem­po­rar­ily placed, do­mes­ti­cate your rental by mix­ing qual­ity with fru­gal­ity. Com­bine newer, lav­ish items with sec­ond­hand fur­ni­ture. Show off your cre­ative flair with unique pre­owned ac­ces­sories. Scour es­tate sales, garage sales and flea mar­kets for one-of-a-kind finds to adorn your book­shelves and coun­ter­tops.

Dis­play art and photos An ob­vi­ous sug­ges­tion, but do­ing so can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. If you have pic­ture rails, you can hang and re-hang pic­tures to your heart’s con­tent. If not, Com­mand does a range of no-hole pic­ture hang­ing strips. Char­lotte Love sug­gests fram­ing fab­rics and vintage scarves: “I in­vested in a pic­ture ledge from Ikea. It’s a great way of pre­sent­ing your favourite prints & art­work, and it also min­imises the holes in your walls.”

Add a black­board From shop­ping lists to doo­dles and in­spir­ing quotes, a black­board pro­vides space for cre­ativ­ity. If you can’t paint a wall, con­sider adding a stand-alone black­board or paint­ing a sec­tion of the fridge with black­board paint.

Colour your space If it’s out of the ques­tion to paint the in­te­rior walls, add colour to your space by paint­ing your book­shelves and cof­fee ta­bles in colours of your choice.

Change cup­board door­knobs For an in­stant up­grade, swap cheap, nasty­look­ing cup­board door­knobs for bet­ter look­ing ones. This is one of the eas­i­est ways to up­date built-in cup­boards and cab­i­nets. And of course you can take the pretty cup­board door­knobs with you when mov­ing to a new home.

Lighten up Use dec­o­ra­tive lamps to dis­tract from bor­ing rental light fit­tings. Al­ter­na­tively, change bland rental home light fit­tings for pre­ferred light fit­ting, store the rental light fit­tings and re­turn them to their right­ful place be­fore you

move out.

Prac­ti­cal plus pretty Brighten up a dull kitchen with pretty, pat­terned dish tow­els and hide less than the best floors with a pat­terned kitchen mat.when cup­board space is lim­ited, use match­ing glass jars to store non-per­ish­able food items, like rice and pasta, which you could then dis­play on an open shelf or counter top.

Do ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tive Cre­ate stor­age and max­i­mize space with a wall shelf. Line shoes, books, hats and fash­ion ac­ces­sories across DIY shelves to get those hard-to-reach and pretty ne­ces­si­ties out of tan­gled piles and into view. Look for un­used corners of your home nor­mally re­served for dust bun­nies, and give them new life. Cre­ate a liquor cart or cor­ner ta­ble to show­case those cov­eted items that you snagged at dis­count. Dec­o­rate your home like you dec­o­rate your­self: Ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tive and elim­i­nate the neg­a­tive. — Front­door

If you’re on a bud­get, or tem­po­rar­ily placed, do­mes­ti­cate your rental by mix­ing qual­ity with fru­gal­ity.

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