This article is part three in our series How to Make a Rental Feel Like Home. You can start at the top of the list here.
There is a quote that I like very much from the movie Yours, Mine, Ours. It resonates with me: “Homes are for free expression, not good impressions.” You can try for both, but I would always recommend prioritizing the free expression part. It’s not suggesting that you let your home become a mess, but advocates allowing your personality to shine through.
5. Using Wall Space
Every room has walls, so it is a damn shame not to make the most of them. Read your tenancy agreement and check terms for the walls. Reasonable wear and tear is accepted, and in most places, adding hooks or screws to the walls is fine. Just remember when you are moving out, you’ll need to remove the hooks or screws, insert filler into the hole, and sand it down to a flat surface once dried.
What to put on your walls? That is up to you, and you can let your imagination run wild. Here are some ideas: shelves, paintings, photographs, magnetic boards, white boards, mirrors, hooks, small cabinets, or even fun clocks.
- In each room try to leave one bare wall. This will avoid the feeling of overcrowding the space.
- You can mix and match items or pick one type for that wall.
- Plan ahead the layout for the wall, have an idea in mind before you start making holes.
- Floating shelves look great, but normal shelves work well too. You can also make your own hanging shelves with a hook, some rope and a plank.
- If you do not have enough space for a console in the entryway, but you still want a place to put your things, hang a small wall cabinet.
- You have small pieces of art work or postcards you would like to display, create a wall montage.
- Lacking space in the home office? Perfect spot for your magnetic board, and a couple of hooks for easy access to documents and notes.
6. Personality and Sentimentality
If you want to freely express your personality, keep personal items out on display. This includes anything that has a sentimental value; postcards, family heirlooms, items that come from a country you visited, collections, or even gifts you enjoy.
Some other ideas for displaying around the home:
- Items that you hold dear to your heart, like a piece of fabric, wallpaper, jewelry, an old key or a note; frame it and display it on a wall or shelf.
- Commemorate holidays and trips with the souvenirs and trinkets of your travels.
- It’s so tempting to pick up beautiful pieces of fabric from the market, but then end up not using it. So take it out and use it as a furniture throw, or make it into home accessories like a table runner, or cushions.
- You have a hobby, and this requires some equipment. Don’t feel like you need to hide it away. For example if you sew and have a mannequin, display it in the living room. Those who paint with an easel, do the same. If you are more interested in technology, like you made code for your new app, software or something, why not print it out, frame it and display it.
- If you play an instrument or a sport, hang some hooks on the wall and display your equipment. Rackets, golf clubs, guitars, and even a bicycle can be hung out of the way, making this tip both a way of personalizing your home and saving space.
This article was written by Tara Barot exclusively for NONAGON.style. With experience in interior design, real estate leasing and living in Hong Kong, Tara has a large skill set which enables her to forge solutions for creating homes. Her philosophy is that no matter the size of your dwelling, you should always have a place that feels like yours – a place you want to come back to. Changes do not have to be extreme, and can be achieved at an affordable price.
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