Make Your Retirement Suite Feel Like Home
You’ve worked hard for many years, and now you’re ready to retire. You’ve even found the perfect home and are ready to enjoy retirement to the fullest. But maybe your new place doesn’t quite feel like home yet. After returning from a day of exploring your new town or city, enjoying the sites, and finding the best restaurants around, you may walk through the front door only to find that your house doesn’t feel like it belongs to you.
If you’re hesitant to decorate or change your luxury retirement living space, you’re not alone. Most renters aren’t necessarily comfortable making interior changes because they’re worried about losing their deposits. But if you’re going to be spending your foreseeable future there, shouldn’t the place feel like it’s yours? After all, you might not outright own the home, but it’s yours for the time being.
You don’t have to make permanent or significant changes to your luxury retirement space to make it feel like it’s yours. Here, we’ve got a few tips, tricks, and temporary decorating hacks that can help you personalize your home. Every time you walk through the door after a day of activities, you’ll feel like you truly belong.
One of the best ways to personalize a home is by adding photographs of your family, friends, and travel experiences. Surrounding yourself with images of the people and places you love most can make your space feel more welcoming and comfortable. However, you might not want to put holes in the walls of your rented space, even if the property manager says it’s OK. Of course, you can get frames to set on side tables, bookshelves, and mantles, but there’s only so much space for these.
Well, there are ways around this. Try using Command picture hooks and hanging strips, which allow you to stick the hangers onto the walls instead. Then, whether you decide to move or simply want to rearrange things in your home, you can easily remove them and place picture frames elsewhere.
Get a Kitchen Cart
While you may have the essentials on your kitchen counters, such as your coffee maker and toaster, there may be other items taking up space, too. You can’t install new cabinets or an island, but you can extend your counter space with a rolling kitchen cart. With various styles and sizes available, you won’t have a problem finding one that suits your taste.
A kitchen cart is a good investment because it’s versatile. You can use it for storage, such as mail and cooking utensils, or place your countertop décor in it. Some even have tops that double as a work surface. No matter what type you decide on, a kitchen cart is an ideal solution for getting some extra counter space.
Use Wall Decals
Depending on where you live, the property manager may permit you to paint the walls. But painting can be a significant undertaking, and if you have tall ceilings, the process can also be dangerous. You could try removable wallpaper as an alternative to painting, but the process can still be risky if you need a step stool or ladder to apply it.
Wall decals are a perfect solution and do not come with the risk of falling and getting hurt from stools and ladders. Like temporary wallpaper, you can easily remove the decals from walls whenever you want a change. They offer an excellent way to add a pop of color and style to any room.
Add a Touch of Color with Plants
Wall decals aren’t the only way to add a bit of color to your home. Bringing in some plants is another excellent solution. Keep fresh flowers on bedside tables, in the bathroom, or in the center of your dining room table. Consider adding potted plants like spider plants, ivy, ferns, cacti, or snake plants. There are plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re looking for a plant that can thrive in lower light or you need something that is pet-friendly.
Houseplants aren’t just good for color, though. Did you know that they can also boost your overall health? Studies have shown that live plants improve air quality, productivity, and mood. Caring for them can help stave off loneliness, too.
Let There Be Light with Your Own Lighting
Most rented homes come with lighting already in place. Some places have modern fixtures in place, while others have standard fixtures that don’t necessarily add anything to the overall feel of the space.
Thankfully, you don’t have to swap out entire light fixtures (which is both dangerous and puts your security deposit at risk). Instead, you can personalize any room in your home with a statement desk or floor lamp. Not only can these solutions change the look and feel of your space, but the light given off can fill the area with a warm, comfortable, homey vibe.
Throw Down a Small Area Rug
If you’re not a fan of the flooring in your home, you might be left wondering what you can do. After all, you certainly can’t change out the hardwood, tile, or carpeting. You can, however, change how the surface looks with an area rug.
Area rugs, especially on hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, give you something soft and cozy underfoot. They also add a great deal of color, personality, and hominess to a room. With a wide array of sizes, colors, and patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits your style. You can even find options that you can pick up and toss in the washing machine.
Look for Accent Pieces That Double as Storage
Are you in the market for new furniture? If so, here’s a tip for you. While searching for the perfect accent pieces to fit your aesthetic taste, keep your eye out for ones that can double as storage or display. For instance, you might come across coffee tables that have a second shelf underneath the tabletop. Others might open up to reveal a place to store throw blankets. End tables and bedside tables may have an open compartment or drawers. Furniture that doubles as storage gives more useable space for temporary decorating or stashing items that might be cluttering up counters and tables.
Create Shelves Out of Books
Do you have loose books around your home but no shelf space on which to place them? Regardless of your plan to reread them, you can give books a second purpose by creating stacks of different heights and using them as makeshift decorative shelves.
The great thing about this temporary decorating tip is that you can put your book stacks anywhere. Place them on your mantle, coffee table, or end tables. They can also be fun to put together. For instance, you might create one stack using mystery novels while you make another out of classic books. Also, if you do plan on rereading the books, you can pull one out of the “shelf” and put it back later. It gives you a great option for storing your books without having to buy another heavy bookcase.
Change Out the Hardware
OK, so this tip does involve changing something physical within your home. However, it’s a simple swap that you can quickly and easily switch back later. Believe it or not, it can completely change the look and feel of a room.
Consider changing the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. All you need is a screwdriver and the new hardware, and you’re ready to go. A trip to the hardware store will reveal numerous options, allowing you to find something that more closely aligns with your design aesthetic. If you’re considering this tip but are also wary about it, check with your property manager. They’ll let you know if it’s OK to swap to make before you invest in new drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. Be sure to hang onto the old hardware to change it back later when needed.
Transform Your Space and Make It Feel Like Home
When you live in a rented space, it’s understandable that you might not feel comfortable making any changes. Fortunately, you don’t have to do much (or spend a ton of money) to transform your luxury retirement living space into a place that feels more like you.
With these temporary decorating hacks, you don’t have to worry about losing your security deposit or paying for repairs. Furthermore, since the changes aren’t permanent, you can do them yourself and as often as you want. So whether your tastes change, you want to move things around, or you like decorating seasonally, you can make swaps quickly and easily. And hey, you never know — you might discover interior decorating as a new hobby!