It’s always important to make your student digs feel like home.
However, there are some limitations on exactly what you can do to decorate your rented accommodation. For example, you won’t want to commit yourself to anything that costs a lot of money or would be impractical to take with you when you move.
Smaller decorating touches can also sometimes be inadvisable, such as knocking nails into walls to put up pictures.
Unless that is, you don’t intend on getting your deposit back: in which case, hammer away.
For the rest of us who would like to personalise our new humble abode without throwing away a month’s worth of rent though, there’s plenty of easy and temporary options to choose from.
If you’re looking at places to rent from a Leeds letting agent, you’re probably wondering what’s the best way to make your new house feel more like a home. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started.
1. The power of storage
We assume that, since you’re at university, you’ll probably have a book or two.
Instead of piling them up, get yourself some cheap and cheerful bookshelves.
Not only will your space look a lot smarter but you’ll also find yourself with a ton more room, along with a space that feels more your own. Better still, they can double as a TV stand too.
If you want to add a touch of personality, you can resist the urge to draw on the walls by decorating your shelves instead.
Other great storage ideas include window boxes, which can be used to hold plants: a great way to brighten up any space.
2. Don’t be afraid to move things around
When it comes to letting in Leeds, homes are certainly not in short supply, but with a cookie-cutter like layout in a lot of student rooms, it can feel like your options are more limited than they are.
Remember, just because your accommodation is set out a certain way, that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to the status quo and, if you live in a house share and your fellow occupants agree, don’t be afraid to shake up the entire house layout too.
As long as you put everything back how you found it, you’re good.
Often you’ll find that you can create more room by figuring out the best layout yourself and discovering one that suits your needs best.
So, shuffle those furnishings and create something new.
3. If you’ve bought it, you can decorate it how you please
While repainting your room is probably out of bounds, you have the freedom to do whatever you ruddy well like to your own stuff.
So, get your chairs, tables and whatever else is yours and, if you want to add a little more personality to them, feel free to go mad with a paintbrush.
Even if they turn out rubbish, they’re yours so no one will mind.
Just remember, it’s probably best to put something down to avoid getting paint on the floors.
4. Add a few temporary decorative flourishes
Along with the usual picture frames and soft furnishings, there’s a whole bunch of temporary solutions to help revamp your rooms.
Want to jazz up the kitchen?
Try some temporary tile tattoos.
Still not satisfied?
How about some customisable knobs for your draws and doors? There’s even removable wallpaper if you really want to spice things up.
5. Get artistic
University is a wonderful place to unleash your artistic side, so why should your decorating adventures be any different?
Get creative with homemade pillows and art displays.
Hangers and clothespins are a great and simple way to do this without taking up too much space.
You can even sew your own rug… which brings us to our next point.
6. Get a rug
Rugs are great!
They make your home feel warm, they look wonderful and they really tie the room together.
Make one, buy one, whichever, but every home needs a good rug.