Many of us can relate to the excitement of decorating a new space and being able to make it our own. For travel therapists, however, decorating temporary housing can be difficult. How are you supposed to personalize a space that you’re only living in for a few months? Though you’re only there for a short time, it’s still beneficial to make your temporary housing feel as homey as possible. Check out our easy, inexpensive tips for decorating temporary housing while you’re on a travel therapy assignment!
Tips for Decorating Temporary Housing
There are TONS of easy DIY art projects and crafts that can spice up your place. Browse the web for some ideas, visit your local craft store, and let your creativity run wild! Whether you paint a nature scene or knit a fuzzy blanket, DIY projects are an awesome way to spice up a temporary space. Not an arts and crafts kind of person? Visit a store like TJ Maxx or Marshalls to find some inexpensive, beautiful wall art and photographs!
Don’t Forget Photos
For many of us, a house isn’t a home without some photos of family, friends, and pets. Print out your favorite pictures, buy a few cheap frames, and place them all over your space. Not only will the photos serve as a reminder of your loved ones, they’ll help to spruce up a room and make it look less drab. Even better, you can easily pack your frames in a suitcase and bring them with you wherever you go.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Living in a place with fluorescent, overhead lights can be a total drag. They definitely don’t provide the best comforting light. If this is the case for you, consider picking up a few plug-in fixtures like cute table lamps or an elegant floor light. These will definitely create a warmer, more inviting source of light in your temporary house.
Add Some Color
If there’s anything that can really turn a place around in terms of appearance, it’s color. Adding pops of color in different places across your temporary home can help to make things way more visually appealing. Consider buying a colorful area rug or throw blanket, or think about investing in some peel and stick wallpaper! If you’re moving into a place with all white walls and painting isn’t an option, peel and stick wallpaper is an easy way to spice up the wall space. Flowers are another great source of color for your temporary place. They’re cheap, easy to work with, and beautiful!
Spruce Up the Outdoors
Don’t just concentrate on the inside of your place, focus on the outside area too! Making your outdoor space more inviting can make it feel like you’ve gained an extra room. If your place has a patio or deck, think about adding some string lights, plants, or an outdoor rug to make the area more visually appealing. Additionally, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a cute doormat to put at the front door. This allows you to make your mark at your new place before you even walk through the front door.
If you’re anything like me, lighting a candle can instantly make a room feel a lot cozier and more inviting. Not only that, but they smell great! So, pick up a few candles with your favorite scents and light them up to make your temporary housing feel more like a home. If you’re not a fan of candles, oil diffusers are another great way to add some inviting smells to the air.
Do you have any tips and tricks for decorating temporary housing? Share them with us in the comments section below!