Published by: Mathilda Edel Boyle
The limitations set by landlords regarding changes to the infrastructure of their property can result in a lack of personality throughout your rental apartment. So, learning how not to break the rules whilst implementing a homely feel is vital for renters.
Maintain the major elements of the home
Many elements of a home can create a large amount of upkeep but it is truly important to retain the quality within the original features. If the property contains wood flooring, frequently oiling can help to revive the brightness. The same can be said for kitchen counter tops or any other wood elements within the property.
Windows can acquire a layer of dirt and marks so rapidly that the tenant may not even realise. Cleaning and polishing windows can help bring light into the property and open the internal space.
If you are lucky enough to have found some outdoor space within London, maintaining the greenery or walkway into your property can help improve curb side appeal, keeping the exterior fresh and lively. It is important to treat the main elements of your rental property as though they are your own home, in this way, you can retain the life of the property giving it more of a homely feel.
Mirrors and/or Reflective Items
Reflective items are a very effective way of creating the illusion of a larger open space. This can be achieved via marble work surfaces, cleaner windows panes, mirrors, metallic gold coffee tables & even the addition of brass doorhandles. By implementing these within the design of your home, they work as a surface to reflect light off, brightening the space & drawing attention to the featured items.
To soften the edges of your environment, add furnishings onto the original framework. Not only does this work as a way of adding texture, colour & personality, you are also able to disguise the features of the property you are unsatisfied with. This can be seen when adding; a throw to an old sofa, a rug to an unattractive laminate, patterned curtains to rough window-sills or a table runner to an ikea discount piece.
A rental property is generally curated with a lack of personality as a way of pleasing the masses. This retains the interest of the general public without narrowing the customer base. As a result, walls are generally a neutral tone, carpets are plain, flooring inoffensive and blank cotton curtains.
Although this may appear rather tedious or boring, it is the perfect blank canvas to begin with & allows room for a variety of additions to be made.
The lighting of a property is essential to create the desired homely feel. Supplying a room with multiple lighting sources in a variety of shapes and sizes is definitely superior to the harshness of one direct light. Rather than a bright white bulb, go for a warm cream / yellow to soften the atmosphere and add comfort to your residence.
The addition of statement lights can work as a decorative element, changing the aesthetic & softening any room.
How better to add life to a room than with living greenery?
By choosing a variety of different plants, you can add textures, shapes and colours to your setting. Trial an ivy hanging plant alongside a peace lily to add detail to your living space.
Not only this but the addition of plants can improve the air quality within your residence, removing any stuffy feel you may have.