Don't let liv­ing in a rental stop you from mak­ing it feel like your own, writes

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT -

If you’re one of the many Ki­wis liv­ing in a rented home or apart­ment, it can feel like an im­pos­si­ble task to per­son­alise your home with­out up­set­ting your land­lord or your wal­let.

Don’t let rental re­stric­tions stop you from cre­at­ing a home that feels like yours. Here are eight af­ford­able ideas to help you cre­ate your dream home.

Faux fin­ishes

Auck­land-based renter, An­drea Warm­ing­ton, didn’t let liv­ing in a rental stop her from cre­at­ing a stylish home.

‘‘Sheet vinyl is an af­ford­able way to change your floors; I bought ‘‘Ca­jou Oak’’ vinyl from Bun­nings for my kitchen and bath­room,’’ Warm­ing­ton said. ‘‘It’s not even stuck down – once cut to fit, it sits on top of your ex­ist­ing floors with­out slip­ping.’’

Want to cover a plain bench­top? In­vest in re­mov­able con­tact pa­per or add a rus­tic touch to your home by cov­er­ing an ugly bench with large chop­ping boards. Not only is this in­cred­i­bly prac­ti­cal when it comes time to cook, but it can also eas­ily be moved from house to house.

Lean art in­stead of hang­ing

Lean­ing art against a wall can look chic and avoids hav­ing to put nails in

SHAN­NON MCGRATH

In­tro­duce some green­ery by in­cor­po­rat­ing in­door plants into your home.

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