How To Transform Your Space When Renting
If you’re currently renting, you will be well aware of all the restrictions on what you can change within the home.
And with the prices of homes increasing, it’s a dilemma that many of us are facing on a daily basis.
But, we may have a few solutions that will get you through!
We’ll show you how to transform your space when renting…from styling to storage, we’ve got all the hot ideas for creating a beautiful, functional space.
With more and more of us gravitating towards major cities, it’s not hard to see why apartments and townhouses are becoming more and more popular.
And with the price of an average home increasing day by day, the rental market doesn’t seem to ease.
While it can be difficult to create a dream space in your rental property, we’ll show you a few clever ways to style it up, without breaking the rules!
If you ever wanted to know how to transform your space when renting, you’re in the right place.
One of the most common issues in rental homes is a lack of storage. Perhaps you’ve moved from a larger place and there is limited space in your new rental property.
Let’s start off with the biggest dilemma of all – the bathroom! Bathrooms are normally small spaces to begin with, so unless it has been carefully considered, it usually lacks storage.
One easy way to sort out your storage is to buy a few storage baskets or wire racks that can be accessed easily in your vanity. Firstly, have a spring clean of all your bathroom necessities. And sort them into a few categories. Daily items that you use, should be the easiest to reach. Then things like spare soap, shampoo & conditioner and fresh hand towels can be stored at the bottom.
Another hot tip is to check out the office and kitchen departments at some popular retailers. You’ll be amazed at what you can utilise in the bathroom – think of pen holders for things like makeup brushes. Things like clear Pantry or fridge storage containers are great for organising under your bathroom sink!
They come in various sizes and shapes, so you are sure to find some that will fit perfectly. The added bonus of clear containers is that you can see straight away, what’s inside.
Design Tip – If you want the ultimate streamlined look though, go for non-transparent storage. This will make the entire space look neat and tidy at all times.
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All About The Base
When you’re searching for rental homes, it’s important to try and find a space that has a great base palette.
Neutral colours and flooring is the best choice where possible. This allows you to add in your own furniture and flair. It’s more difficult to work your existing furniture and styling items into a space that has strong colours on the floors or walls.
Most landlords have realised this, and generally speaking, most rental properties are quite neutral. You don’t have to go out and buy all new furniture, try and optimise what you already have. Once you have moved all your furniture in, try your existing styling pieces and see how they look.
If you’re not 100% happy, this is the opportunity to grab a couple of things that will compliment the walls or floor colour. And you don’t have to spend a lot, some of the big retailers have amazing homewares now.
You can usually even change out the curtains, add some rugs if you don’t love the flooring, put up some beautiful artwork or mirrors. And don’t get us started on things like cushions, candles and pot plants!
Also try and add in a few items that have dual purpose. Say for example a side table. It can be used in the bathroom to show off some cute styling pieces, but then can also be used in lounge room for entertaining when you have friends over.
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Let’s be honest, the laundry isn’t going to be one of those rooms that puts you off taking a particular rental.
As long as it’s functional, that is all that really matters at the end of the day. But there’s nothing to say that you can’t do a few little upgrades to make it look more appealing and maybe increase functionality.
Open or floating shelving is the perfect way to create storage space without breaking the bank. And usually your landlord won’t be against you putting a few screw holes into the wall (but please, make sure you check with them first!!).
And they don’t need to be fussy or made by a cabinet maker. There are plenty of shelving and storage options that come in flatpacks, so you can easily DIY this little project.
Maybe try and get your hands on some versatile and decorative containers. Pop in your laundry powder, pegs, delicate’s bags and hide them away in a cute container. Again, these don’t need to be specifically made for the laundry. Shop around in the kitchen, bathroom and office departments and you’ll be amazed at what’s on offer.
Because the laundry can be a little dull, including a plant can create so much life in this space. It doesn’t need to be large to have an effect. So try and choose something low maintenance that will give you impact as well.
Design Tip – If your laundry is tucked away or doesn’t have any natural light and you still think some greenery is in order, go faux! There is an abundance of faux plants available in gorgeous pots. The hardest part will be choosing just one!
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Open For Display
Now, the kitchen is one of the spaces in a rental that can be the most important for some. Generally thought of as the heart of the home, it’s important for you to feel comfortable and at ease in this space.
If you have opted for an open plan rental, your kitchen will be on full view. And while most kitchens have mainly closed door cabinetry, if you feel it’s lacking storage, contact your landlord. Ask if you can install a floating shelf, or two if you have the space.
They really are an amazing option for your rental. They are inexpensive, DIY and so functional. Plus if you choose something like a timber accent, you can make a feature of it.
Line it with beautiful bowls, wine glasses, cookbooks, even a clock. There are so many things you can do here to transform your rental space, and really make it your home.
Now if you have a designer looking kettle or toaster, don’t hide it away in the cupboard. Noooo, make sure you keep it front and centre on your kitchen bench and make it the star of the show! There’s an array of gorgeous, expensive looking appliances available, people will think you’ve spent a fortune on that coffee machine!
Also try introducing things like round timber chopping boards, detailed salt & pepper grinders, and potted herbs to make this space homely and interesting.
Design Tip – If you are interested in having herbs in the kitchen, try an easy growing and versatile herb. Something like basil, parsley and rosemary are great options and need little attention to thrive. Pop it near a window to make sure it get’s some natural light and you’ll have herbs on hand everyday.
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Field of Dreams
While the dream is to own your own home, we hope we’ve shown you some nifty ways to make the most of your home while you are renting.
And it doesn’t take an interior designer, or thousands of dollars to make a few simple changes that can totally transform your rental home.
Once you move in, play around with certain furniture layouts and live in the space to see what you would like to change.
Make it feel like your own home, and make the most of what you already have. And always remember to contact your landlord to make sure any changes are approved before you start drilling!!
We hope this has given you some inspiration to work within the limitations of a rental home, and to create your ‘temporary’ dream home.
As always, don’t forget to tag us into your rental styling hacks and tips!