3 ways to make a rented flat feel more like a home


Like most people of my age, especially in London, I have moved around A LOT since I left home for university. At one point, there were 5 moves in 5 years. 5 different times my dad had to hire a van and help me lug all my stuff up different ends of the Northern Line, 5 flats where I felt like I hadn't really settled and never felt at home, regardless of where I was or who I lived with. Everything was just temporary.

Fast forward to 2012, I found a gorgeous flat with my best friend and I haven't left yet. Although my friend has since moved out, the boyfriend has moved in and we even got a cat (like a little family!), it still felt like just a rented flat and nothing like our own.

Obviously when you rent, there is very little you can do to make your mark. I'm pretty sure I have had the same white walls and cheap beige carpet in every place I have lived to date. Gary and I decided that we're going to finally try little things to make our little place more homey. So far, I am much happier

Star Wars Canvas

Obviously, as much as I wish we could, we're not allowed to actually paint. It's sad and makes things feel a bit soul-less. We've recently got our hands on the biggest Star Wars canvas you have ever seen from Photowall (seriously, it's bigger than me) and it's already made the room feel brighter and more like ours. That with the bunting and family pictures (yes, we're those people) scattered all over the joint have added our own little touch that I'm in love. Who wouldn't want a 5ft Star Wars canvas on their wall? I know I'm not the only one who has gone down this route either; Little Miss Katy has recently moved into a new place and is planning a canvas wall.


can we please appreciate Dobby 'helping' Gary hang the canvas?

Like PROPER adults, Gary and I got a bunch of vouchers over Christmas. Normally, I'd spend these on shoes or clothes but the time has come for me to stop spending my money on general crap. Instead we invested in a shaggy pile rug for the living room. I mean, can you get more grown up?

It's absolutely massive and not only has it made a more cosy vibe but it makes the room warmer as we're covering a big match of dull and not exactly heat retaining laminate flooring. The cat bloody loves it though. Since we got the rug,. he's barely left it and has a tendency to go on one of his 'mentals' all over it, it's adorable.

Aloe house plant


As you may have seen on Instagram, I bought my own little Aloe recently and am trying to bring more nature into the home as well. I have been such a sucker for all the people on Instagram sharing pictures of daffodils in beautiful vases that I've had to go and get some myself. It was like plant and spring FOMO. Just having them there is making me smile though, even if they're not a premenant feature to my mantle.

So far, I have managed to keep my aloe alive and my flowers aren't wilting JUST yet so maybe I'll be able to make my own little jungle soon!

Sure, these aren't exactly ground-breaking interior design tips, but when you're so restricted every little step can help. I already feel so much happier and comfortable in my own little space. Who knows, I may be in that flat for another 5 years, or it could all be temporary. Either way, I've been saying 'home' more rather than 'the flat' and that's what we're aiming for.

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*Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with photowall in exchange for the most awesome canvas ever but all words are my own

9 comments

  1. I think a rug can really make a space! And canvas' are like the grown-up version of posters - it looks great!

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  2. It's a shame that you can't paint, I know most rented places can be pretty strict. I am so lucky to not have to worry about that having my own flat but it's certainly hard x

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  3. Great tips! I remember being too scared to put anything on the walls when we were renting, in case we caused any damage but it is such a good way to make somewhere feel more homely :)

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  4. Great tips its so hard to make a place feel like home when renting. I've been renting for 9 years and definitely find most rental places have such boring white wall's.

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  5. Adding accessories and soft furnishings can make a real difference to a rental property. I love wall art for changing a room!

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  6. Great tips! We also live in a rented flat and we cannot hang or paint anything on the walls :(

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  7. Love this! When I was in my first ever rented flat I wasn't allowed to change anything, it really sucked! But little touches like photographs, plants and flowers (and mahoosive canvases! ;) ) make a huge difference!

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  8. After university I moved 3 times and yet to leave my current place, love it and decorated it with some canvas and other little bits, I love your ideas

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  9. You’ve got some amazing ideas out there. I also live in a rented property and I’ve done the best I could to make it feel like home

    Fatima

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Your comments make me smile :-)