Decorating a holiday home can be a tedious job. On the one hand, you want to be able to create a space that feels like your own, no matter how long you plan to live there. On the other hand, you do not want to be so concerned with personalizing the space that you put your deposit at risk.
With that in mind, we have put together a number of temporary ideas for decoration to help you on your way. Use this to get a homely look that can be removed once your lease has expired.
Invest in carpets
Rugs are ideal for enhancing any living space, but they are especially useful when it comes to rental situations. Simply put, they have a large dose of visual interest, but are just as easy to roll up and store at the time your lease expires.
When it comes to choosing a good rug, in this case, aesthetics is paramount. If your rent is fairly basic when it comes to decor – we are talking about white walls and neutral floors – then you will want to choose a carpet that easily catches the eye.
Your next consideration is size. Unfortunately, carpets are only available in a few standard sizes that you have to circumvent. To help, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
- If you choose one full room carpetDo not forget to leave room for an edge of floors on all sides. 18 inches is considered the standard boundary measurement.
- If your dress will be a seating area grounds, Measure the length and width of the seating area in the current layout and buy the next size larger.
- If the rug is intended mark a piece of furniture such as a dining table, make sure it is large enough to come across the piece with space on all sides. For a dining table is 24 inches standard. However, it should be less if you work with a smaller piece, such as a coffee table.
- When in doubt, bigger is better. You can always hide excess carpet under a piece of furniture, but too small a carpet protrudes like a painful thumb.
Consider removable products
Although you may be tempted to reject wall stickers and the like as products for children, we are here to encourage you to reconsider. Nowadays, removable wallpaper and similar applications are sleeker than ever before and are available in a range of modern patterns and shades.
With removable products, your greatest concern is the quality of the walls themselves. You want to search for smooth walls, without texture or puffiness. Smoother walls reduce your chance of air pockets under the product during installation and end with a sparkling appearance.
Add your own lighting
We have said it before and we will say it again: if you have the right lighting, you can totally change a room. Often you start in rental scenarios with the absolute minimum, such as hard overhead lighting that is not flattering to anyone. That does not mean, however, that you can not complete the room and soften it by adding your own lighting.
Remember, dealing with lighting has everything to do with making layers. There are three different types of lighting that you can use in your favor:
- Ambient: Also known as general lighting, ambient light fills most of the space and you can safely walk around. It usually comes from recessed lighting, track lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.
- Accent: Accent lighting is used to emphasize a certain focal point, such as a piece of art on the wall. Photo lights, wall-mounted luminaires or track lights are common and dimmers are often used for these functions to provide mood lighting.
- Task: As the name suggests, task lights are used to help you complete a certain function. This can be anything from desk lamps to hanging lamps hanging above a kitchen island.
Mounting ambient lighting on the walls may not be possible in a rental. A variety of task lights, such as floor and table lamps, will certainly do the job.
Stylize your surfaces
Finally, keep in mind that the decor does not need to be hung on the wall to play a role in your home. Stylized surfaces such as coffee tables, dining tables and shelves make your rental car feel like your personality is shining through it.
Effectively styling surfaces has everything to do with creating groupings of accessories. They can match, like the place settings on the dining table in the image above, or they can be easily coordinated, such as the items on the shelves.
When you select items that you want to use in your group, make sure that they are different enough to be visually appealing and still have a common thread to bind them together.