A RENTAL PROPERTY THAT FEELS LIKE HOME
HOW TO MAKE IT YOUR OWN WITHOUT FORKING OUT A LOT OF MONEY
“The Australian Dream or Great Australian Dream is a belief that in Australia, home-ownership can lead to a better life and is an expression of success and security.’’ This was absolutely true during the aftermath of World War II, but we now have so many different options and choices available to us. People choose to rent and spend their income on travel, their family, save for other things or simply because they don’t want to be tied down or can’t afford it. There are ways you can turn a standard rental property into a beautiful space that you love and feels like home. It’s all about having a large impact without changing anything structurally, and products like artwork and mirrors are a great start. Gone are the days where hanging wall art required hammering a nail into the wall. There’s a great range of removable hooks that you can use and remove when you eventually leave the property. Ageing rental properties more often than not have interior colours that aren’t ideal so large pieces of art are a fabulous solution to break up the wall colour and complement your styling. Rugs are another sensible and trendy way not only to add colour, texture and pattern to an otherwise lacking space, but to cover outdated flooring. To get the most out of your rug by creating the biggest impact, go large. In a living room, for example, ensure all lounges, coffee and side tables sit within the borders of the rug. This gives the illusion of an entirely separate floor covering, almost like a carpeted room. Adding large interior plants into your space is like a double whammy hit to your outdated rental property – it covers partial sections of flooring and walls. If you’re feeling adventurous and creative, paint a large pot in a chic colour to complement your existing interior space (remembering to waterproof inside the pot of course). Place it in the corner of a room with a large fiddle leaf fig, strelitzia nicolai or a fern as a feature and a focal point of your interior. Last but not least, if your rental property is a long-term plan and you’ve got a super cool landlord, perhaps you could offer to paint the interior yourself providing your landlord pays for the paint. If the current interior colours are really old-fashioned and you suggest and a white, bright and fresh makeover, this would be appealing solution for most reasonable landlords.