Five easy tricks to turn a rented place into home

Millions of us Brits live in rented places, but there’s no reason they can’t feel like home. Discover our best quick ways for settling in.

Couple celebrating new home with glass of champagne amongst boxes

In fact, in 2014, home ownership in Britain fell to its lowest level in 25 years, while the number of renters went up.

Many renters are perfectly happy in their home. But for others it can mean living in a house they don’t own that never feels quite like home – not a nice situation.

But if you are a tenant, there are things you can do to make your rented home feel more like your own, without breaking your tenancy agreement or risking some of your deposit.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Add colour without paint

Even if you can’t paint your walls, it’s easy to add colour to any room.

Throws, rugs, cushions and bold, colourful paintings can make a huge difference. Nails can leave unsightly holes in walls, so steer clear, but picture-hanging strips are strong and sturdy enough to hold your frames up without leaving marks on the walls.

Brighten up your rooms

If your rooms are a bit dark, adding mirrors boosts the perception of light and space. Try putting one big mirror in a central area of a room – ideally opposite a window – or add a collection of smaller mirrors to create an interesting feature.

Create space

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are great for books, of course, but they can accommodate your knickknacks, ornaments and photographs too. Creative organisation and storage options such as these keep your home tidy and add interest. 

Add familiar faces

Talking of photos, you can quickly and easily make your place feel more like home with pics of your family and friends.

Even if you can’t paint your walls, it’s easy to add colour to any room

Whether you create photo feature walls or more traditional displays, nothing says “I’m home” like seeing your loved ones’ faces when you walk through the door.

Check before making changes!

It’s always best to check in with your letting agent or landlord before making any changes to see what restrictions there might be.

And remember, while the property isn’t yours, a lot of its contents will be – so you’ll need a good contents insurance policy to make sure all your belongings are safe against loss, theft or fire. Our home insurance channel will help you get started.

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