Turn Your Retirement Suite Into a Real Home
You've worked hard for several years and are about to retire. You've even discovered the ideal place and are ready to enjoy retirement to the fullest. But perhaps your new home isn't quite ready to be called "home." You walk through the front door after a day of exploring your new city or town, appreciating the sights, and discovering the finest restaurants around only to discover that your house does not feel like it belongs to you.
You're not alone if you're afraid to decorate or alter your luxury retirement living space. Most renters are hesitant to make any changes to the place because they are concerned about losing their deposits. But you will be spending months or even years here, shouldn’t the place feel like it’s yours? You might not outright own the property, but it will be your home for the foreseeable future.
You don’t have to make major or permanent modifications to your luxury retirement space to make it feel like it’s yours. We've put together a few ideas, methods, and temporary decorating hacks that might help you personalize your space. You'll feel like you truly belong whenever you walk through the door after a day of fun activities.
Hang Some Pictures
Adding photographs of your family, friends, and travels to your house is one of the most effective methods to make it unique. Surrounding yourself with photos of people and places you care about can make your area seem more welcoming and pleasant. However, even if the property manager approves it, you may not want to drill holes in your leased space. You can acquire frames to place on side tables, bookshelves, and mantles, but there's only so much room for that.
There are methods to get around it. You can use Command picture hooks and hanging strips, which make sticking the hangers on the walls possible. That way you can easily remove them without damaging the walls, and rearrange things without issue.
Buy a Kitchen Cart
While you may have the necessary items on your kitchen counters, such as your coffee maker and toaster, there may be other objects cluttering up space. You won't be able to build new cabinets or an island, but a rolling kitchen cart can help you increase counter space. You'll have no problem finding the right one, as there are sizes and designs to fit every taste.
A kitchen cart is a smart purchase since it may be used for so much more than just storage. You may store mail and cooking utensils in it, or you can put your countertop décor on it. Some even use tops as working surfaces. A kitchen cart is an ideal solution for gaining additional counter space, no matter what.
Use Wall Decals
Depending on where you live, the property manager may let you paint the walls. However, painting is a time-consuming, and even dangerous task if your ceilings are high. You could opt for removable wallpaper as an alternative to painting, but it can be complicated if you need a ladder or step stool to apply it.
Wall decals offer you a perfect alternative without the risk of falling and getting hurt from stools and ladders. Just like with temporary wallpaper, you can remove the decals from walls at any time. They offer an excellent way to customize any room to your style.
Bring Some Life and Color with Plants
Although wall decals are a great way to brighten up your space, there are other ways to bring that homely feel to your suite. A wonderful option is to add plants to your home. Keep fresh flowers on display in the bedroom, bathroom, or at the center of your dining room table. Adding potted plants, such as spider plants, ivy, ferns, cacti, or snake plants is a good idea. There are lots of options to select from whether you want something that will thrive in low light or that is pet-friendly.
Live houseplants are not only appealing to the eye. Did you know that they may also boost your overall health? Air quality, productivity, and mood have all been shown to improve when plants are present. Taking care of them can also help stave off loneliness.
Make the Place Yours with Your Own Lighting
Most rented houses typically have illumination already installed. Modern fixtures may be found in some places, while others will have conventional fixtures that don't necessarily improve the overall feeling of a room.
Fortunately, you don't have to replace all of your light fixtures (which is both hazardous and jeopardizes your security deposit). You may instead use a statement desk or floor lamp to personalize any room in your home. These solutions not only redesign the appearance and feel of your living space, but also emit light that can give the place a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere.
Add Color and Style with Some Small Area Rugs
If you don't like the flooring in your house, you may be perplexed as to what you can do about it. After all, changing out the hardwood, tile, or carpeting is not an option. But you can change how the surface looks with a rug.
Area rugs, particularly on hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, provide a cushy and cozy underfoot feel. They also bring a lot of color, personality, and warmth to a space. You'll be able to discover something that fits your personality with so many different sizes, hues, and patterns to select from. You may even find pieces that you can just throw in the washing machine.
Look for Accent Pieces That Double as Storage
Do you need some new furniture? If that's the case, here's a suggestion for you. While looking for the ideal accent pieces to complement your style, look for ones that may also be used as storage or display space. Coffee tables with a second shelf beneath the tabletop are just one example. Others may open up to reveal a spot for blankets. End tables and nightstands might have an open compartment or drawers. Furniture that can also be used as storage provides more space for short-term decorating or storing things that may be cluttering up surfaces and tables.
Turn your Loose Books into Shelves
Do you have books that are scattered about your home but no place to put them on the shelves? You may give books a secondary purpose by building stacks of various heights and using them as makeshift decorative shelves, regardless of whether you intend to reread them.
The beauty of this short-term design idea is that you can arrange your book stacks pretty much wherever you like. Set them on your fireplace, coffee table, or end tables. They may be a lot of fun to put together as well. For example, one stack might include popular novels while the other consists of classic literature. Also, if you want to go back and reread the novels, you may take one out of the “shelf” and replace it later. It's a fantastic choice for storing your books without having to buy another big bookcase.
Swap Out the Hardware
OK, so this advice requires making a physical adjustment in your house. However, it's a simple change that you can reverse simply and quickly. It may genuinely transform the appearance and atmosphere of a space.
Consider changing the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. All you need is a screwdriver, plus the new hardware, to get started. You may discover numerous possibilities at the hardware store that better reflect your design style. If you're thinking about this idea but are hesitant, check with your property manager. They'll inform you if it's OK to exchange before you invest in new drawer knobs and cabinet handles. Keep the old screws in case you need them to change it back later when necessary.
Change Your Space to Make it Feel Like Home
When you live in a rented home, it's natural to feel hesitant about making any changes. Fortunately, you don't have to do much (or spend a lot of money) to make your luxury retirement living space into something that feels more like you.
You won't have to worry about losing your security deposit or paying for repairs if you use these short-term decorating hacks. Furthermore, because the changes aren't permanent, you may make them at any time and as many times as you like. You can make changes quickly and simply whether your preferences change, you want to rearrange things, or you enjoy decorating seasonally. And hey, you never know — maybe interior design will turn into a new pastime for you!