The living room is the heart of the home.  It’s the place where everyone comes together to relax, unwind, and share stories about their day. Of all the rooms in your home, the living room is one of the most important. It’s not only your place to relax after a hectic day, it’s also the space where you invite your guests into and socialise. There’s no getting away from the fact that your living room is a vital part of your home, and somewhere that you should love and feel relaxed.

Bearing that in mind, it’s important to ensure that your lounge is a space that you enjoy to be in and are proud to call your own. The problem is when you rent there are certain limitations in place when it comes to what you can do with your home. You may not own the bricks and mortar, but even so, a rented home is still a home.

Although usually, you have less opportunity to change a rented space, that isn’t always the case. There are plenty of ways that you can make more of your living room even if you rent your property. To help you to do that, below are some ideas and pieces of inspiration to take note of.

Create an Accent Wall

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You may not be able to paint your living room if you live in a rented property, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of the space. Instead of painting it, consider creating an accent wall. This could be by hanging an array of photos or pieces of wall art in a quirky and unique way. It could be by putting up shelving and placing ornaments and other eye-catching pieces on them.

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Accent walls aren’t just about paint or wallpaper; they are about creating a wall that stands out and adds that little something extra to a space. If you are desperate to change the colour of the wall, then perhaps contact paper could be the answer?

Make Full Use of of Soft Furnishings

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Believe it or not, soft furnishings can be a great way to personalising a space. To give your living room a style overhaul and update the look and feel of the space, being smart about how you use your soft furnishings could be the answer. It’s amazing how much of an impact a new rug can make or how much of a difference a few stylish and eye-catching throw pillows can make. Whether you choose to layer your sofas with throws and throw cushions, or whether you dot eye-catching rugs around the room, it doesn’t matter – the fact is soft furnishing can make a big difference to the look and feel of your living space.   

Upgrade your furniture

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The furniture that is in a space can have a big impact on the type of vibe it creates. So if your living room furniture is old or outdated, now could be the time to change that. If money is tight, going DIY and revamping it yourself could be a good option. If you have a larger budget to work with, replacing your old furniture with new items could be the answer, such as investing in side tables for living room or a new sofa. It’s amazing the impact furniture can have on the look and feel of a space.

Use Accessories to Personalise

To help to personalise the space, using accessories is vital. In a property that you own, you would normally use features like the paint work or flooring.  But, when the space is rented this isn’t an option. Instead, using accessories like curtains, wall art, ornaments, lights, rugs, and other pieces of decor can be the key to personalising your space. Anything that has a unique look and feel to it will help to make your living room even more of a personal space. Aim to steer clear of buying items that are generic and instead opt for pieces that are one of a kind. Avoid large stores and instead, visit boutiques and buy your items second hand.

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The fact is that making the living room your own when you rent your home isn’t easy, as you are not able to make changes to certain areas of it. However, with a little creativity and a few small updates to the decor and furniture, you can make your rented living room a space that you love and somewhere that you look forward to coming home to after a long and hectic day.

What tips would you suggest for making the living room in rented accommodation feel homely, relaxing and inviting?

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23 thoughts on “Love Your Living Room: Making The Most of Rented Accommodation”

  1. ever noticed these rooms arent made for families with children lol, i would love a home like this so clean and fresh but mine tends to have that added taste of toy floor x

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  2. This is a very inspiring post for all of us living in rentals. Sometimes, it becomes really difficult to make your rental your own with all the restrictions that come with it. This post shows how despite all the restrictions you can make it your own with a few changes. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. yes i totally agree – i try to take my time in setting everything up so its very comfortable and just the way i like it…as you can always take things away with you if you move again

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