Recently my parents came to visit my flat for the first time since we moved in. It was really nice to show them that the flat is organised and I am coping as an adult. During their visit they kindly finished off the last of our DIY jobs and it now finally feels like home. It got me thinking about all the little things we have done to make somewhere that we don’t own feel like home.
Now I will say we are very lucky to be in a flat that we furnished ourselves and we are allowed to hang pictures, mirrors etc on the wall. However I know renting can be strict so this blog post will be for everyone. I would also like to add that nothing in this post was more than £20, everything you see was purchased on a low budget.
There are two built in wardrobes in the bedroom, one that we share as it has hanging space and one that has no hanging space that I have claimed as my own. As you can see the one that I have claimed has become a little vanity area. I’ve never had a dedicated make up space before but I decided it would be better than cluttering the bathroom with products. In here is a set of drawers from Ikea, a mirror and a shelf above them. I keep most of my make up and accessories on the shelf above but all of my frequently used products are stored on top of the drawers. As you can see from the photo I have placed; a skincare basket, a make up basket, my make up bag, pots with brushes in them and a jewellery box on top of the drawers. Once the doors to the wardrobe are opened, there is a lot of natural light but I have also added battery operated fairy lights for when it is dark outside. I absolutely adore this little area of the flat and it could easily be recreated by using a standing mirror instead of hanging one on the wall.
The mirror was £5 from a charity shop and the fairy lights were £1.50 from Primark.
Sticking with the bedroom we have added a full length mirror. Growing up I have always had mirrored wardrobes and when we moved into the flat I didn’t realise how much I needed to have a full length mirror. I struggle to put an outfit together without one! We bought this mirror from IKEA, it is available in 3 colours and can be purchased for £20. (I was also shocked at the price). This simple natural wood design matches the furniture in our room perfectly and it is so satisfying to be able to see your full outfit before leaving the house.
Every room in our flat is painted white and although you can break this up with furniture and little details it can be overwhelming. To try and make the walls a bit more interesting we did decide to put up some pictures. Both of these items were gifted to us so I’m not sure how much they would have originally cost but when I purchased the mirror and lamp I did notice similar items in the charity shop. The first picture is in the living room above my desk, this canvas ties in with our red theme and I just love the scene. The other picture is a black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower and is in the guest room/office. If you weren’t allowed to hang pictures on the wall I would suggest having little photo frames placed on the furniture throughout the house as it just adds a personal touch.
The last items that make my flat feel homely are lamps. You cannot go wrong with a good lamp, they make a room feel so cosy and the lighting is a lot less harsh than having the big light on. We do have two lamps in the living room and the one that I think makes me feel homely is the free standing one. There is an area in the living room that is just free space and this fills the gap perfectly without over crowding the room. It also adds a personal touch to the room as it is showing our personal style. This lamp was another charity shop find and was £10, the lampshade was purchased from IKEA for £5.
The final thing I would recommend doing would be to have a colour scheme in each room. This could be as simple are matching the curtains to the light shade and the cushions. We have chosen the colour red as the furniture is black and white and so are the walls. Having a bold colour scheme makes the room stand out a bit more and it just makes a big difference.
Since adding all these finishing touches I feel far more settled and it does now feel like my home. Do you live in halls or a rented flat, how have you made it feel homely? Let me know in the comments!