Renting, no matter where in the world you are – definitely comes with its perks. You’re afforded the flexibility to up and leave once your lease is over. You’re not responsible for property taxes, and home improvements aren’t your financial problem. When it comes to sprucing up your space, of course, the biggest challenge, is being able to do so without having to forfeit our deposit.
Living abroad, being able to personalize your space is a huge part of making yourself comfortable.
Here, we’ve pulled together a few tips to make your place in Saigon feel more like home.
1. Add curtains
Dated blinds? Exposed windows? Add curtains. This is a quick way to make your space more cosy. Check out the silk and fabric markets to find something that suits your style.
2. Invest in versatile or custom pieces
One thing that we love about Vietnam, is that it is easy and affordable to get beautiful, custom made furniture. Sofas, mirrors, and dining sets, you can get pretty much anything you want, made to order. Many small businesses operate through Facebook groups, but you can also access these services through businesses like Decosy.
3. Upgrade your lighting
Lighting is key. Luckily, it’s very easy to swap out a shade or two. There are a bunch of options floating around Lazada. Or, if the ceiling lights in your rental are a little tricky, check out Uma or Decosy for floor and table lamps instead. Boutiques you can check include Kokois (D2), Craft House (D1) or Art house (D1). There tend to be some good finds around the expat Facebook groups, too.
4. Embrace Paint
Paint is definitely one of the simplest ways to make your space more personal. Plus, if the colors are relatively neutral and the job is ok, you may not even need to repaint when you leave! (But check with your landlord first, of course).
5. Get a rug
Maybe the carpet is dodgy, damaged, or the floors show age. Rugs can be inexpensive, add personality, color and texture to a room. Plus, easy to take along with you, so you can splurge on any that you really like.
6. Display art
Whether or not you’ll be able to hang these will depend on your rental contract. However, a super-strict contract is no excuse for stark walls. Art makes a home homey. From quirky prints, hangings, hand painted features to original pieces leaning on furniture, there are always solutions.
7. Rearrange your furniture
If your place has come furnished, that doesn’t mean you need to leave the configuration untouched. If you would prefer your sofa to be closer to the windows, go ahead and move it. Make your space work for you. If you need your bed to be closer to the power outlets, you know what to do.
8. Accessorize with cushions, throws and plants
Go to town with cushions and throws to decorate your bedroom and living spaces. Plants such as succulents are low maintenance and are a nice way to add character to even the smallest of spaces. Cushions are easy to find around the city, and like furnishings can be custom made to your liking.
We hope some of these ideas have inspired you to personalize your apartment. While this may only be your short-term home, a little goes a long way in making your Saigon space special.