When living in a home with others, it can be quite difficult to make changes to the apartment or house because, firstly, you are restricted to the changes you can make to a home you are renting. You also need to ensure the others living with you agree to the changes.

This can lead to you living in a flat that doesn’t really feel like a home. However, this does not need to be the case. Below we go through how you can make your rented home feel homely even if you are sharing it with others. 

Shared Living Space

Source: istockphoto.com


First up is artwork, a fantastic way to personalize your home and transform your living space into something you like. Whilst living with other people, you may need to ask your flatmates if you want to hang artwork in shared spaces such as the kitchen and living room however, your room belongs to you.

This means you can choose whatever artwork you like and are free to express yourself any way you want through some amazing artwork.

Those sticking to a tight budget don’t have to buy expensive artwork to add character to their home. You can find posters of artwork that are relatively cheap and fulfill the same role in filling up spaces on your wall and look great.

One thing that many people in co living apartments do, which looks fantastic, is to create a feature wall full of different prints, which are great for using up lots of space on your wall.

You can also get strips that stick to the wall without causing any damage when they are removed, which is important so that you aren’t charged a fee for repairs when you move out. They work extremely well and use Velcro to hold up all of the things you want to hang on your wall.



Source: istockphoto.com

Up next, as a great way to make you feel more at home in your shared home, is to add some furniture that adds some personality to your living space.

If the home you rent is unfurnished, you have lots of opportunities to transform the living space using furniture to create the vibe you want. If the home is furnished, you may have to get more creative. However, you can still add pieces of furniture that improve the living space and make it feel more like a home. 

If the home has furniture, you might not even have to purchase anything new. A simple re-arrangement of furniture to what works best for you can transform your living space and make it feel like it’s personalized to your liking.

If you are worried about the cost of buying furniture, you can opt for flat-pack furniture that looks fantastic, is super easy to build, and is fairly reasonably priced. It also means that when you move out, you can take the furniture apart easily and move out with much less hassle. 


The power of lighting in a home should not be underestimated, as it can make your living space go from feeling cold and empty to warm and inviting.

If your living space has only one big, super-bright ceiling light, you should consider getting a bedside lamp that gives off a more yellow light. This will make your home feel a lot more cozy, especially when the sun has set and it’s dark outside. 

In addition, if you want to have a cool design in your room using lighting, you can buy some fairy lights, which do not cost a lot of money and do a great job of adding character to your living space.

You can hang them up along the top of one side of your wall and use them as the main lighting at night instead of a big bright light. It is also a great idea to use some scented candles to create a relaxing vibe in your room that will help you unwind quicker after a long day. 



Source: istockphoto.com

If you want to make your living space feel a lot bigger without having to knock down any walls, then mirrors might just be the answer you are looking for. When placed in the right location, mirrors can make your room feel much bigger and are also super useful for selecting the right outfit for your day.

A good rule of thumb is to place a mirror in a place that usually feels somewhat gloomy and dark when the weather is dull outside. There’s also no need to drill holes in your walls to hang a mirror up, as you can just rest one on the floor and lean it against the wall.


Now you know some great ways to transform your rented flat, which you share with others to make it feel more like a home rather than somewhere that you just sleep. Try out some of the ideas mentioned above and see what works best for you.

The process can be a lot of fun as you experiment with different ideas until you find something that matches your personality. 


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here