With the demand for rental properties increasing it can often be a challenge find one that you can call your own.  But with keys in hand, excitedly you open the door – and just because it’s a rental property, doesn’t mean it should feel any less of a home.  There are many ways you can add your style and personality to your rental property that are landlord-friendly.  We have put together some ideas to get you started on creating the home you dream of without risking your deposit.

Lighten up

How your property is lit can not only change a mood it can also transform a room. Whether it’s a statement light or well-placed lamp, you can use lighting to create an atmosphere that creates a feeling of space and enhances the decor. Lighting comes in different varieties, depending on your style and space consider using string lights, LED strips and even lava lamps.

Lighting can be an inexpensive and simple way of changing a space, as well as being transferrable to your next home or sold on when you change your style.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who’s the fairest of them all? Well, your home will be, with a carefully positioned mirror. Mirrors can be used in hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas to reflect light and give the illusion of space. If your rental agreement prohibits you from drilling holes you can prop up a large mirror against a wall or use fittings that don’t cause any damage.

Flexible flooring

Rugs and runners are your answer to hiding or improving your flooring. As well as being a little treat for your feet they are also an inexpensive way to protect your flooring whilst adding some style to your space.

Add personality through accessories

Homeware accessories are everywhere at the moment – Matalan, B&M and H&M are all selling reasonably priced homewares that can inject some colour and style into your home. Accessories are also an easy way to add personality – throws, cushions and even candles can transform any room to fit a particular theme, colour or trend.

Get creative

If you’re really struggling to make your rented home feel like your own, it’s time to get creative! Consider using modular storage to change the layout of a room, it can fit in any room and is easy to move when you go elsewhere. Fabrics for curtains and cushions are a great way of adding your personality to a property without costing too much or upsetting the landlord.

Flower power

No matter what time of year it is, think about ways to bring the outside in. Real or artificial plants or flowers are a simple and cheap way to bring life and colour to a room. If you choose to opt for real plants, these can also have other benefits such as purifying the air, reducing stress and boosting your mood.

Always ask

Before you make any changes or purchases to personalise your rental property, talk to the landlord. Each rental agreement is different, some landlords will allow certain changes so it’s worth chatting to them about your ideas first, as you may be surprised by their answer.

We have over 20 properties available to rent in Newport and the surrounding areas.  If you are looking for a rental property, visit us online at Hathways or give our team a call. If you have a property to let, call us on 01633 870777 for a free rental valuation.