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Turn your rental into a real home with these tips

Your home should support you, help you relax at the end of a busy day. But creating a space that feels like home can be a challenge. No matter your budget, these 10 tips are a good place to start.

wow-living-fotoBuy in pairs. Make the most of inexpensive finds by buying multiples. One vase, lamp or ottoman is OK, but a pair makes it look like an intentional decorating choice. In this living room, a pair of simple floor-length mirrors hung side by side makes the small room feel more spacious, while a pair of stools creates an inviting spot for guests. Small, flexible furnishings tend to be less expensive than larger pieces, and they can easily move with you and be used in different ways in the future.

Splurge on bedding; save on furniture. A basic bed frame will do the job, and a handy side table is necessary. You can save on these items and spend a bit more on bedding. What’s on your bed then will become the focal point of the room. You sleep there, so it’s a worthy place to splurge a little.

wow-livingChoose a few large artworks to bring focus to walls. A big piece of art, like an animal elephant print, is a great way to add personality to your space without painting. Or for a twist, try a wall-mounted planter filled with succulents or fresh herbs.

Store stuff in glass jars. Everything from dry pasta, daal – rice and coffee beans to office supplies looks better in glass jars. And they don’t need to be fancy to do the trick. There’s a huge variety to choose from and it’s inexpensive. Or even wash jars and reuse them instead of dumping them in the recycling bin.

Add something fluffy. A fake sheepskin draped over a chair, a cuddly throw on the sofa or a knit blanket on the bed makes a space feel comfy and homey. A warm rug underfoot can help immensely, too. Try a flat-weave in the dining space (easier to clean) and something really warm and fluffy beside your bed so you can sink your toes into it on chilly mornings.

When in doubt, add some baskets. Facing an organising problem? No matter what it is, or what room it’s in, baskets can probably help. Choose open-top baskets if you want to be able to see the contents, lidded baskets if you want to hide them.

Lighting is important. Use warm lights for a nice glow. Lamp shades, clip on lamps and candles add warmth to any home. If you have large windows or a nice balcony, allow the sunlight to filter in.