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Love Your Living Room: Making The Most of Rented Accommodation

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.

(copper plate, diffuser)

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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This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. These tips are fab! I don’t rent but have a mortgage and this could mean I can change up my living room more often than my budget allows!

  2. Really brilliant advice, our house is rented at the moment and I’m always on a mission to make it feel more like home.

  3. Great ideas! Using accessories is a fab way to change up the décor!

  4. We have our own house but still need decorating tips!! The space over our fireplace is still blank – we need to make it an accent wall.

    1. That would be great if you can do that. Have fun decorating x

  5. Lovely living room ideas here. I must confess I do all my blogging and social media work from my living room as its quite in the evenings here as my kids are young adults and want there own space. I like the use of mirrors to make the space seem bigger in the first pic.

  6. Unfortunately I do not have a living room so my bedroom is my living room and kitchen all in one haha. I really like the sound of a feature wall though x

  7. Oh i love decorating things in my house. It feels like your can hard work in life has been paid when you see your house organized.

  8. We’re so close to buying our own house, so we’re planning to do some serious decoration once we had one! 😀

  9. Living rooms are probably the place you spend the most amount of time when you’re outside sleeping so it’s so important to have a nice space x

  10. 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

    1. Lol, I know what you mean we have loads of toys everywhere. I’m still trying to train the little man to tidy after himself.

  11. I am dreaming of having any kind of this living rooms too! I hope I can get some time for a living room make over.

  12. It’s really a shame not be able to fully decorate some parts of the house like painting the wall as you’ve mentioned when you live in rented property. I think placing ornaments or furniture in a symmetrical way makes thing a bit eye catching.

  13. Sometimes its hard to put you own stamp on rented accommodation because you are worried what you can and can’t do… love the idea of an accent wall and changing up the soft furnishings x

  14. I think the mirrors in the first pic are great. They open up a space and make it look bigger and brighter. Great tips.

  15. These are all helpful tips! I rent so I am making the most out of it by upgrading furniture.

  16. That’s a very good article, I find myself nodding to every point. I usually throw in some pillow cushions, a candle here and there, potted plant, posters, pictures and a bit of ambient lighting. It’s amazing how small things can turn a place completely around!

  17. 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 of all the restrictions you can make it your own with a few changes.

  18. 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!

    1. It’s true, you don’t need to make many changes just a few can make a big difference.

  19. I am redecorating at this point so I am obsessed with details. I think that you can make any room feel comfortable with just adding something you like.

    1. That’s true, it’s fun to redecorate isn’t it!!!

  20. I need an accent wall it would make my living room look great.

    1. Have fun decorating 😉

  21. I’ve just moved into my first place, so thanks for sharing! The living room is the room I’m working on first x

    1. Good luck with that Stephanie. Take your time and plan it out first.

  22. Fab tips here Melanie. I like to make use of soft furnishings in my home.

    1. The good thing is you can switch them around for a change and it doesn’t have to cost much either.

  23. 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

    1. It is important to take your time and not rush to make sure it is just right.

  24. What a great set of tips! I love a good homedecor post

  25. Accent walls are great to make a room look lovely. Love that sofa too, very chic and cosy 🙂 x

  26. Such a lovely living room. The set up is very nice and the pictures are great.

  27. These living rooms look lush. I’m just thinking of redecorating ours. I want it to look amazing. Currently it’s baby toys and more baby toys and mess!!

  28. Finding this post is such great timing! I’m busy reorganising the house at the moment and these tips are the perfect help!

    1. That’s great Kim. I’m so pleased you fun it useful. Have fun reorganising 😉

  29. I feel like accent walls are super relaxing and give me Zen of some sort lol. This is a great post. Saving it!

  30. This is such great idea for decorating a rented house. You have a good job in decorating your living room.

  31. Decorating a rented home can have so many do’s & don’t so it’s tricky to get it looking how you want it to look. This is great post!

    1. It can be very hard when it’s a rented house.

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