How can you make your space your own when you’re living in a rented flat, bedsit or student accommodation? Wherever you are, it’s only natural to want to make your house a home.
Everyone needs a cosy pad to escape to so that you can recharge your batteries and regather your energy. But how do you do that when money is tight and you’ve bills to pay?
At this time of year, in particular, making your space lovely and festive only adds to the enjoyment of the season.
So what to do? And what do you do when you share your space with others?
Here are some tips you might like to try.
You can find inspiration from the interior magazines like Elle Decoration and the Sunday supplements.
Be careful if you are renting though. You might want to follow these tips to avoid upsetting your landlord!
Here’s a way to make your own fabulous cosy headboard.
Create a photo wall or mix and match frames. Visit your local printer to blow up your favourite prints to A3 or larger and frame them.
You could add a statement theme to jazz a room up or just replace with calming neutrals to dial the volume down. If the light is a problem, it’s worth investing in black-out linings which will give you an extra hour of snooze time on light summer mornings and keep you warm in the winter.
Create a cosy corner to read in by adding an armchair to your bedroom.
You don’t have to spend a fortune. You can make such a difference with soft furnishings such as throws and cushions. Buy the cushion pads and the covers separately or make your own covers if you can sew.
You can also add character to your bedroom with bedding in different textures, colours and fabrics.
These are pretty at any time of year. Stuff strings of battery operated lights into glass vases to add a cosy glow to corners and mantle pieces or drape over the kitchen or your bed to add some atmosphere.
If you’ve no room in the bedroom to add a chair, create a cosy corner in your main room – perhaps with a mini table or bookshelf and a lamp to read by.
A decorating basic – make your space big by using the power of reflection. You could make a large mirror a feature of the room.
Nothing spruces a room up like a beautiful floral display and you can find some reasonable bunches in stores like Aldi. Add an extra note of interest by displaying them in quirky ways, for example, unusual china cups.
Very Hygge and there are so many types and fragrances to choose from at every price point. Candles are a really quick way to add cosiness.
If you are the arty type, why not create a wall dedicated to your own artwork. I have seen some pretty convincing paintings simply done with acrylic paint. Or if you are into photography, why not display your work – I love black and white photography.
No explanation needed on this one and is there anything more irritating than a dripping tap?
If you don’t have many ornaments, improvise. Antique perfume bottles and some of the more unusual modern fragrance bottles make a lovely display.
Hat boxes in stacks also make a great display.
If you’re investing in furnishings, it makes sense to buy things you can move from room to room – and take with you when you move on.
No matter where you live, it’s easy to add your own personality to your space and create a home that is welcoming and great to come back to after a hard day’s work or studying.
What would be your top tip?
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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