Make a Real Home Out of Your Retirement Suite

Posted on 01/11/2022

You've spent many years toiling, and it's time to retire and relax. You've even found your dream house and are ready to embrace retirement to the fullest. But perhaps your new home doesn't feel like home. Yet. You return home from a day of exploring your new town or city, appreciating the sights, and deciding where to eat. You walk through the front door and it just so happens that the place doesn't feel right. Your house doesn't appear to belong to you.

You're not alone if you're hesitant to upgrade or decorate your luxury retirement living space. Most renters are uncomfortable making interior changes since they are concerned about forfeiting their deposits. But if you're going to spend months or even years of your life there, shouldn't it feel more like home? After all, you don't technically own the property, but it's yours for the time being.

To make your luxury retirement home feel like yours, you don't need to make significant or permanent modifications. We've compiled a list of ideas, decorating hacks, and suggestions to help you personalize your house. Every time you enter your home after a day of activities, you'll feel like you truly belong.

Liven Up the Place with Pictures

Adding photographs of your family, friends, and travels is one of the most effective methods to make a house unique. Surrounding yourself with pictures of people and locations you enjoy most can make your home feel more welcoming and comfy. However, even if the landlord permits it, you might not want to put holes in your rented space's walls. Of course, you may place frames on side tables, bookcases, and mantles, but there are limits to how much space they can take.

There is a workaround that will let you hang pictures on your walls without risking your deposit. Use Command picture hooks and hanging strips to attach the hangers to the walls rather than the ceiling. Then, whether you choose to relocate or simply reorder your things, you may effortlessly remove them and replace them with picture frames anywhere you like.

The Practicality of Kitchen Carts

‌While you may have the essential appliances on your kitchen counters, such as your coffee maker and toaster, there may be other objects cluttering the place. You won't be able to add new cabinets or an island, but you can expand your counter space with a rolling kitchen cart. Finding one that pleases your sense of style will be easy, as there are countless designs available on the market.

A kitchen cart is a smart purchase since it can be used for a variety of things. It can offer extra storage, for things such as mail and cooking utensils, or to put your countertop décor on. Some even use them as work surfaces! No matter what type you decide on, a kitchen cart is a great solution to get more counter space without modifying your kitchen.

Bring Your Style to the Place with Wall Decals

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In some places, the property manager may allow you to paint the walls.  On the other hand, painting is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous endeavor. You might consider removable wallpaper instead of painting, but applying it can be just as dangerous if you have high ceilings.

Wall decals are a fantastic option since they don't involve the risk of falling and getting injured from stools and ladders. You may quickly remove the decals from walls whenever you want a change, much like temporary wallpaper. They're a great method to add some color and flair to any space.

Bring Life and Color with Plants

Other than wall decals, there are other options to add color to your house. Nothing brightens the atmosphere like bringing in some plants. Fresh flowers on tabletops, in the bathroom, or around the dinner table are also excellent alternatives. Potted plants such as spider plants, ivy, ferns, cacti, and snake plants are all good options. There are a variety of choices to select from, including ones that can tolerate less light or are pet-friendly.

Did you know that live plants can boost your overall health in a variety of ways? Air quality, productivity, and mood have all been shown to improve when live plants are present. Caring for them also helps fight back loneliness.

Improve the Ambiance with Your Own Lighting

Lighting is already installed in most rented homes. Some places have modern fixtures, while others have traditional fixtures that don't necessarily improve the space's overall aesthetic.

‌Fortunately, you don't have to replace entire light fixtures (which is both dangerous and can risk your deposit). Instead, a statement desk or floor lamp may be used to personalize any room in your house. These methods can not only change the appearance and atmosphere of your spaces, but their light can make them feel cozy and warm, adding to the homey vibe.

Add Some Personality with a Small Area Rug

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If you don't like the flooring in your house, you could be wondering what to do. After all, you can't replace the hardwood, tile, or carpeting. An area rug, on the other hand, allows you to change how a surface looks.

On a hardwood, laminate, or tile floor, area rugs provide something soft and comfortable underfoot. They also bring a lot of color, personality, and warmth to the space. You'll be able to discover anything that suits your taste and style with a wide range of dimensions, colors, and patterns available. You may even find rugs that you can just throw into the washing machine!

Find Accent Pieces that Can be Used 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.

Are you searching for new furniture? If that's the case, here's a suggestion for you. Keep your eyes open for pieces that can double as storage or display. For example, you may find coffee tables with a second shelf below the tabletop. Others might open to reveal a place to store throw blankets. Open compartments or drawers are nice to have in end tables and nightstands. Furniture that can also be used for storage has more useable space for temporary decorating or storing items that may be cluttering up counters and tables.

Repurpose Books into Decorating Shelves

Do you have books lying around your home that you can't store on any shelf? You may give books a secondary purpose by making stacks of various heights and using them as makeshift decorative shelves, regardless of whether or not you intend to reread them.

The best thing about this short-term décor idea is that you may arrange your book piles in any location. They may be placed on a fireplace, coffee table, or end tables. They can also be a lot of fun to build. For example, make one stack out of mystery novels and another out of classic books. Finally, if you're going to reread the books, you may take one out of the "shelf" and replace it later. It's a great way to keep your books organized without having to buy another bookcase.

Get Some Stylish Hardware

OK, so you'll need to make some actual physical changes in your house with this tip. However, it's a straightforward swap that you can reverse in a jiffy. It may genuinely change the appearance and feel of a space.

Replace 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. Many alternatives may be found at the hardware store, allowing you to find something that better fits your design style. If you're thinking about this idea but are also hesitant, talk to your property manager. They'll inform you whether it's OK to swap before you spend money on new drawer knobs and cabinet handles. Keep the old hardware in case you need to change it back later when needed.

Little Changes Will Make Your Suite Feel Like Home

It's natural to be hesitant to make any adjustments while you live in a rented home. Fortunately, you don't need to spend a lot of money or perform complicated tasks to transform your luxury retirement living home into something more like your own.

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. With these temporary decorating ideas, you won't have to worry about losing your security deposit or having to pay for repairs. Furthermore, since the modifications are only temporary, you can make them whenever you want and as often as desired. So whether your preferences change, you want to rearrange things, or you enjoy decorating seasonally, you can swap things around easily. And hey, you never know — you might find yourself enjoying interior decorating!