Don’t let renting a house stand in the way of your design aspirations. With a pinch of imagination, you can transform your rented home, tackling even overlooked areas such as the hallway or landing.
Lighting is an easy, high impact way to brighten up your home. An eye-catching floor lamp can change the whole feel of a room, so use it to highlight your style. And the best part? You can take it with you when you leave.
Whether you’ve got wooden floorboards, laminate or carpet, you’ll need to protect it to protect your deposit. Rugs and runners are typically inexpensive and will enhance and style a room or hallway whilst keeping the floor intact.
Inject life into your home with bold prints and jazzy patterns. Textured scatter cushions and chunky throws will add personality to any room with minimal effort or cost.
A mirror is a classic addition to any room, but there’s no need to fix it to your wall. Where your tenancy agreement doesn’t allow you to drill holes to hang a mirror, try propping it against the wall instead. This will add the illusion of space and depth and using a large mirror in a cramped hallway or smaller bedroom will make it look twice as big.
Just as with mirrors, making holes in the walls to display photos and artwork may not be possible in a rental home. Use what you have to avoid causing any damage to the walls; a fireplace mantle, existing shelving or a freestanding cabinet. Try framing a large piece of art or a poster and leaning it against a wall to make a stylish statement.
When you potentially move every 1-2 years, you want furniture which you can take anywhere. Modular furniture is perfect for rented properties as not only will it fit any size or shape room, it is easy to remove at the end of your tenancy.
Fresh flowers are beautiful, but buying them regularly can be expensive. Plants are an easy and slightly cheaper way to bring life and colour into a space.You can sit your plants in pots on a book shelf, in floor stands or hang them from the ceilings in macramé hangers. If you're a forgetful sort and liable to kill any living thing however, succulents are a great and fashionable alternative.
When it comes to rentals, outdoor space can often come at a premium. Potting herbs indoors is a simple way to bring greenery into your home and keeps fresh flavours within arm’s reach.
Don’t forget to decorate your outdoor space! It’s easy to create a personal oasis by adding hardy plants, comfortable seating and a barbeque for those summer nights.
Whilst your tenancy agreement may contain restrictions, there is no harm in asking your landlord if you can paint a room or add a few pictures to the wall. As long as you fill in holes, generally most landlords should be quite open to you personalising the space.
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