Saturday, January 28

Decorate Your Rented Flat With These Easy Tips

Moving out of your family home and into a flat of your own marks a new phase of your life. It’s a transition where you’re getting the chance to discover who you are and how you want to live. So, it’s only natural that you want to decorate your home to reflect your personality. But when you live in a 1BHK flat on rent, you might not be able to make any major changes to your surroundings without permission from your landlord. Luckily, this doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to live in a bland and boring apartment forever. It just means that you need to think smart and plan your home decor well. And that’s what we’re here to help with. Here are our simple and easy tips to decorate your rental flat without putting your security deposit at risk.

Compartmentalise

If you want to make the most of your flat and decorate it the way that it deserves, you need to compartmentalise. Designate different areas of the apartment for different purposes and place the appropriate items there. Even if you have an open kitchen and living room layout, you can easily demarcate the divide by putting up a curtain or a wooden partition between the two. Similarly, if you want to divide your bedroom into a space for sleeping and a home office, divide the space accordingly. Place the items that you’ll regularly need for work like your laptop, charger and other material on your desk so that it’s easy to stay organised and keep yourself on track. Having designated areas for different activities will create a mental association of space and task, making it easier for you to focus when you need to.

Choose the correct lighting

Lighting makes a huge difference, just ask your Instagram feed. Not only can it completely change the aesthetic of your flat, it can also have a huge impact on your mood. If you only have incandescent bulbs or tube lights in your home, you’re not going to be able to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Instead, opt for more energy efficient LED lights, and invest in some classy or colourful lampshades to create a unique ambiance in your apartment. Of course, if your flat has a lot of windows and receives plenty of natural light, make sure that you make the most of it, by keeping your windows open and replacing heavy curtains with sleek blinds. All of these simple steps can make your home seem bigger and brighter, more comfortable and inviting. 

Go green

Who says you can’t bring some of the outdoors indoors? Just because you’re living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you need to give up your connection to nature. Indoor plants are a great way to brighten up your flat. They’ll add a pop of colour and make your home seem a lot more welcoming too. In fact, science even says that looking at plants can ease the eye strain from excessive screen time and make you feel calmer. Plus, taking care of your plant babies will give you a sense of responsibility and added accomplishment along with their aesthetic advantages. There are plenty of low maintenance indoor plants that you can start off with if you’re not confident of your gardening skills. So, don’t be afraid to give this one a try!

Add some character to the walls

If you’re living in a professionally managed accommodation like Stanza Living, you’ll have a home that’s bright and well-designed and waiting for your unique touch. But in most other rentals, you’ll have a blank canvas. And since your landlord probably won’t allow you to paint your apartment, you might worry about being stuck with white walls all year round. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can easily add some colour and character to your walls without damaging them. Putting up pictures and posters can add an edgy, graffiti-style look, or you can opt for a damage-free accent wall by using peel-and-stick wallpaper. Simply choose a bold colour or pattern and paste the wallpaper on to give your home an immediate makeover. If you’re someone who likes to change their decor often, you could opt for a wall tapestry instead. You can buy some inexpensive ones online or DIY your own out of a brightly patterned bed sheet.

These simple and easy home decor ideas will help you take your rented accommodation to a whole new level. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try them out!