This is the season to feel jolly and show everyone your Christmas spirit by decorating your home. But you may have some limitations on how you can decorate depending on whether you live in your own home or a rental. So, to help you out, we’ve brought together the top Christmas decorating ideas for the home you own vs decorating a rental.
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Christmas Decorating Advice – Rentals vs Own Home
Before you decide on how you want to decorate, here’s some advice to help you avoid annoying your neighbours or getting in trouble with your landlord.
Your Own Home
First of all, if you own your own home there’s no getting in trouble with your landlord. Because you don’t have one. Even though you’re not living in someone else’s house, you should still take care to avoid damaging your home. Self-removing adhesive hooks are usually a safe bet whenever you’re sticking things to the walls
Also, be considerate to your neighbours. If you put up anything that makes noise or a lot of light, make sure it’s not going to bother them, or turn it off at a reasonable time.
Before putting up decorations, take a look at your rental contract to see what limitations are specifically stated. You can also ask your landlord for permission to put up Christmas decorations. Just keep in mind, if they see an opportunity to keep your bond, they’ll typically take it.
Avoid sticking anything to the walls or wrapping decorations around something that risks leaving a mark. Depending on the type of rental you live in, you may not have the option to place anything outside or you’ll risk getting in trouble.
Indoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
Decorating the inside of your home is a favourite tradition of many Christmas lovers. However, when you’re in a rental, you generally have to avoid putting anything on the walls. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty you can do to bring in the Christmas cheer in a rental. On the other hand, if you have your own home, you’re free to decorate however you’d like.
The Christmas Tree
The tree is the ultimate symbol that Christmas is here. Decorate it with lights, tinsel, candy canes and ornaments. When it’s properly designed, it can transform your living room into a Christmas wonderland. Think about the colour scheme of your decorations. Red and green are the traditional Christmas colours, but with a splash of gold, you can make the tree really shine.
Think about the amount of space you’ve got and where you’ll store it when deciding which tree to buy. Moving a big Christmas tree from one rental to another is going to be a hassle. If you’re in a rental, you might be better off with a small tree or doing without.
Fairy Lights Decorating Ideas
Speaking of a wonderland, adding fairy lights can truly add a magical flair to any room. You’ve got 2 great ways to apply them to your home. The first is to get glass vases and fill them with lights and place them around the room. Choose red and green vases to create the perfect holiday décor.
The second is to line the edge of your room with lights, so you’re surrounded by a magical feeling. When you have your own home, you can mount them to the wall, along the floor and twist them around fixtures.
For rentals, we recommend the first method. Vases can be easily moved around and won’t leave marks on your walls or doors. If you have to have those lights strung up around your rental, try to hang them on things that don’t require tape. And be extra careful when you’re taking them down.
Wrap Up Your Home With Ribbons
A twist on a Christmas tradition that’s sure to create a festive feeling, is to wrap your home up with ribbons. Tie a long ribbon around the tops and bottom of your doors with a big bow in the middle. Each time you step through a door it’s like you’re opening a gift. You can also tie them around your kitchen cabinets. This gift wrapping aesthetic can easily be added to your dining room table and chairs.
This option can work well in rentals and your own home. But in a rental, you may not want to use this on your front door, in case it leaves marks or scuffs on your door.
Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
It’s not just inside that’s fun to decorate. Setting up those outdoor Christmas decorations is always a fun time for you and everyone on the street. When you’re renting, many factors may prevent you from using these ideas. Between landlords, your contract and your bond, you may not be able to decorate as much as you’d like.
On the flip side, if you have your own home, you can decorate the outside of your home however you’d like.
Christmas Wreath Decorating Ideas
Hanging a wreath on your front door is a Christmas tradition that lets everyone who walks by know that this home is filled with holiday cheer. No need to limit yourself to the front door, place them wherever you feel it will brighten up your home. Around your windows, hanging from the gutters, on your mailbox – let your creativity guide you.
Framing Your Doors & Windows With Garlands
Christmas garlands are traditionally a string of faux greenery with baubles and lights, but they do come in a variety of designs. Use these to frame your windows and doors, to create a magical entry into your home. You can use self-adhesive hooks to hold them in place. Or wrap them around the fixtures near and around your doors and windows.
Light Up Your Home & Garden
There are several ways to use string lights to brighten up your home. Laying a coil of light at the bottom of pot plants and planter boxes will make your plants glow at night. You can also lay them across the ground, cover them with a thin layer of topsoil and you’ll make the ground itself glow.
Life in a rental comes with many limitations when it comes to putting up Christmas decorations. Take back control and decorate your home however you’d like by becoming a homeowner with Darren Walters’ no or low deposit new home system.
By using this unique system we’ve been able to help thousands of renters get into their own home. Ready to find out your new home options? Fill in our pre-qualification form and our team will be in contact to take you through the homeownership journey.
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