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Renovating The Rented Space- I

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on September 15, 2014 at 04:50 PM

If you're among what one would call ‘the rent generation’ trying to find simple ways to personalize your temporary abode, read on. In this two-part piece on 'renovating the rented space', TFOD Correspondent Aniruddha Mahale suggests many inexpensive and easy-to-achieve decor ideas.

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Whether it is due to the new trend of wanting to be independent or just because of the exorbitant real estate prices - most young adults prefer to rent rather than buy residential space. Seen as a sharp shift especially in the major metros of India like Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, this new generation opts to rent a small space, or live as a paying guest in a large home under the tenantship of a landlord. Leasing space is particularly good for the young genration, as they also move jobs, and often cities; and thus a short-term commitment of a residential space makes better sense. However, even in a temporary accommodation, it feels good to have a pleasing ambience with nice objects around - making it feel like home.

There are several ways to personalize your temporary abode; decorating ideas that can turn any rental property into a home you will enjoy, no matter how temporary the home may be, or how small.

1. Buy Furniture that you want to stay

When it comes to buying furniture for a rental property, people tend to avoid investing in comfortable furniture that would lead to any sort of permanence. Regardless of the budget, people always assume existing furniture won’t fit in the next home. That’s a major misconception most people tend to have, one that seriously needs to be debunked. Calling a rented house, home doesn’t have to mean living with cheap and disposable furniture. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why the house seems anything but. Think of them as a quality long-term investment that you make to ensure that your house feels more personal and intimate, even though you don’t own it personally. Usually a sofa, and a small dining table are good places to begin.

2. but consider buying something second hand when your budget is tight.

It’s not always necessary that you will be able to afford something that you like instantaneously- and budgets should never be jeopardized. You can always save money to buy something extravagant for the home later. The easiest solution for such a problem is to scout local flea markets and source something from second hand furniture stores. Some of the quality pieces will cost the same as something brand new, but most of the times, it’s going to be worth it.  Nonetheless, its better quality will ensure longevity and save you money in the long run. Paint the furniture with a fresh coat, and accessorize with cushions and covers to make it look more lively and give a nice personal touch to your house.

3. Change the ugly light fixtures first!

We all know that beautiful lighting fixtures can make a big design statement, and turn a sore spot into a focal point. However, chances are that your house on rent only comes with the most outdated ceiling lights. That’s not a reason to be greatly worried though. Replacing a lighting fixture is indeed one of the easiest DIY projects anyone can undertake. You just need to contact your landlord, get his/her approval and shop for some lighting fixtures that can represent your taste. Try mood lighting if you are feeling adventurous, or spot lighting to highlight a coveted art piece. But point to note, If you want to keep your security deposit, remember to store the original lights carefully and swap them back when you move out.

4. Wallpaper instead of paint.

If you’re looking to liven up your walls and willing to take a bold move, use removable wallpaper to create an attractive wall that makes a statement. Unlike paint, removable wallpaper is easy to install (just peel and stick) and available in a variety of patterns- it’s also a cheaper way of covering up stains and other marks that often accompany houses on rent. You can add instant visual interest to your rental and there’s no need to worry about the repair fee. Removable wallpaper won't damage your walls when you peel it off. Moreover, you can reuse it multiple times without losing cohesion.

5. Try Stenciling A Wall if Your Landlord Allows

While most landlords don’t like tenants painting the entire rental, they're usually quite tolerable towards some small painting projects, such as a wall stencil. Rental agreements also usually include a clause that the property has to be given back in the same condition as it was, when you rented it. So, to make your repainting job easier, don’t forget to ask your landlord for the brand and name of the original paint color. That way, when you leave, and if the landlord wants, you can remove all traces of your art work, with a simple paint job.

These are just some of the tips one can follow while seeking some sort of comfort in a rented home. to seek more permanence, stay tuned for our next edition of tips. Like we say, it’s never too late to make a rented house a home.

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