Tips for making a happy home as a renter

The number of people renting a property in the UK has increased in the past decade. In 2017, the Office for National Statistics placed the number of people renting at 4.5 million, with the largest age group of renters between the age of 25-34. However, it’s not just the younger generation renting more often. Older tenants have risen from 11% to 16% between 2007 and 2017.

This rise in tenants has also increased rental prices throughout the sector. Plus, due to increased living costs, more people are making rented properties a long term home.

One of the most significant misconceptions of renting a property is that you can’t make it homely. So, to squash this perception and to celebrate International Day of Happiness, take a look at some top ways to make your rented property a happy haven.

Decorate with furnishings

You may not be able to hang lots of things on the walls, but that doesn’t stop you from making your property stand out in other ways. Furniture and furnishings are a great way to make it unique. You can go with a colour theme or interior trend that’s hot right now. Plus, if you have bare whitewashed walls, anything goes with this shade, so why not experiment with different palettes.

Opt for versatile storage solutions

Rented properties can often lack storage space, and unless you want to have boxes laying around, thinking about a solution in a different way could help. There are lots of hidden storage options available that could pair up as furniture and storage. Why not choose a bed with drawers underneath or a coffee table that opens up. You can also use handy hanging storage solutions in cupboards and wardrobes, to make the most of your space.

Add indoor plants to your living spaces

Plants are a big trend in 2020, and they offer the perfect way to brighten up your home without spending a fortune. It doesn’t matter if you’re not green-fingered either, as there are lots of varieties that are hardy and can survive for a while without too much attention. Plants are not just brilliant for adding some natural colour to your living space; they are good for your health too. Indoor plants can freshen your home and make the air clearer - just watch certain species around pets as some can be harmful.

Use mirrors for the illusion of space

Mirrors are one of the best ways to create the illusion of more space in your rooms. Not only that but they also offer a great way to maximise light too. If you can’t hang mirrors on the wall, why not opt for a free-standing mirror or a floor-standing style that can be propped against a wall.

Use picture hanging strips

Many landlords frown upon making lots of holes in walls in a rented property, but if you want to jazz up a bare space, picture hanging strips can help. These strips can hang most things up (within reason!) and you don’t need to get the hammer out to make your house feel like a home.

Chat with your agent or landlord

If you’re looking to change anything in your rented property, it’s always best to check with the landlord or agent first. You possibly won’t be able to paint the walls bright colours or move integrated fixings. Still, many property owners will listen to any recommendations you have, especially if you’re a long term tenant.