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In eight years of rented flats, I have seen all sorts of things - literally.
From horrific tomato-red kitchens with leaded gray walls to Venetian lacquered cabinets that cluttered the whole bedroom. This has made it really difficult for me to really feel at home whenever I rented a room.
In most cases, when you decide to rent an already furnished house, you will have to come to terms with a style that’s not really yours. It pretty much depends on how much the landlord is permissive. Perhaps in the end you'll have to come to terms with that lobster-colored wardrobe.
Until you can finally say goodbye. At last.
There are, however, at least three small improvements that you can do without revolutionizing the apartment, to enhance the (very) hidden qualities of the apartment and finally turn it into the place you really want to come back to every day.
When it comes to a rented house, the kitchen is perhaps the least customizable room, but there are two simple steps you can take without dismantling it completely. The first one is to choose cool utensils and hang them, turning them into decorative elements as well.
The second one, often absolutely underrated, is a work plan intervention. Say goodbye to that pale laminate that has already been used and ruined and buy a temporary top instead, so you can update the most classic kitchen to the latest trends.
Choose between marble, wood or - why not - even concrete, for the industrial touch you've always dreamed of.
The risk, when living in a rented house, is to deal with an anonymous environment, with standardized furniture, or one with too much personality, with bizarre combinations.
But maybe you're the first one with enough good taste to realize it.
Whether it's a piece of art or a design icon, don’t be afraid to show off all the objects you care about. It is the easiest and most immediate way to personalize an environment.
A carefully chosen object will speak to you and your guests more than the terrible covering of your sofa.
When the time comes to make improvements at home, especially a rented one, one never thinks about replacing the lamps.
Anonymous lampshades made of plastic or rice paper, horrific baroque chandeliers that hang over your dining table: instead of accepting them with resignation, have you ever thought of replacing them?
After all, it’s the lamps that create the atmosphere!
Just a few touches are enough to bring a bit of your personality into a rented house. And finally you can distract your friends from that portrait of an old lady who stands in your entrance, the one that’s too heavy to move.
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