Styling tips for a rental home
Do you live in a rented house and do you ever find it difficult that you are not allowed to adjust much? Melia lives in London and has turned her apartment into a green oasis. Tips to learn from!
Melia and her husband, Hendrik, have their own unique lifestyle. This can be clearly seen in their living room. "We don't watch television," says Melia, "Why should we put the couch against a wall?". In their living room the focus is therefore on relaxation and entertainment. There is a nice reading corner, a nice display and a dining table filled with houseplants. "I'm pretty attached to my plants and enjoy taking care of them and bringing nature into my home.
Get the most out of a small kitchen
There are a lot of smart ways to create enough storage space in a smaller kitchen. How do you do that? Use a magnetic strip to hang up your knives, rails for pots and pans and coffee mugs and, of course, racks. Plants and photos add a personal touch. It's the little things that make Melia happy. "Rearranging window seats and hanging the menus of our favourite restaurants on the wall makes me feel happy."
I find it soothing to bring in the feeling of nature in the house. It's also a good way to change something without pictures, paint or wallpaper.
Give your bed a makeover
With a new quilt cover and a few new curtains, you can give your bedroom a different look. Melia: "It transforms the feeling of the room without you having to do anything on the walls." Other small details such as displays and personal items you hang up complete the room.
Combine green with neutral
The bonsai tree and the birch branch make the chest of drawers a lot softer. It also helps to break through the all-white look of the bedroom. "I find it soothing to take in the feeling of nature. It is also a good way to change something without pictures, paint or wallpaper."
Do a little chair dance
Not being able to change anything about the rental house itself doesn't mean you can't be creative. Place your furniture just a little bit differently from time to time. Create cosy corners. Replace the cushion covers on the sofa. Or bring some new decoration into your home. One last tip from Melia: "Large interior projects take time, patience and money. Start small and just go for it!"
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