However much we love a new home when we view it and then finally move in, a rental property is likely to be decorated in neutral colours from floor to ceiling, which may make the property feel a little lacking in character or soul. There are often very stringent restrictions placed on tenants concerning alterations to the property, meaning you need to be fairly imaginative to come up with ways to inject your personality and make it feel like your home. The key is to furnish the property with items you can take with you. This way you won’t feel as though you’re investing time and money purely for someone else’s benefit. Combining some beautiful stand alone statement pieces with a few strategically placed personal accessories will bring the overall design together. Items such as rugs, cushions, linen and curtains are obvious additions to enhance your style but are there other ways to make your mark? We’ve compiled a list of great ideas to give you all the inspiration you need to put your stamp on it.
Damage free hanging
Command products are The Holy Grail for renters! You can hang artwork, pictures, mirrors…almost anything using these handy little tools that leave no damage or lasting marks when you remove them. You can also take the hooks with you and re-use them as you can purchase the sticky pads separately.
Think outside the box
If you’re not sold on the idea of hanging items on stick-on hooks, then get those creative juices flowing and find some alternative ways to display your possessions. Could you hang a picture from a piece of your own furniture? Perhaps you could simply lean a large mirror against the wall rather than hang it? Or maybe you could suspend some of your accessories from your curtain pole with ribbon or fabric? Make use of surfaces such as windowsills, sideboards and coffee tables to help you dress your home.
There are some fabulous ways you can break up the wall colour with little or no impact on the walls. You could buy one large, or multiple smaller, blank canvases and paint them in your chosen colour/s, or even wallpaper them, and then hang them on the wall. Depending on the size or shape you choose, this would give the illusion of having decorated, or at least break up the single colour. If you’re feeling really innovative, you could drape material from curtain wire which although must be attached somewhere, it’s very discreet with minimal invasion.
Wall decals are a great way of temporarily changing the décor. They can transform a room and allow you to create something really unique. They’re a great idea for children’s rooms especially. It’s so important for children to feel at home and wall stickers help to create a safe little haven full of familiarity for them. These gorgeous starburst stickers are perfect for any room. Remember to ensure they are removable when you purchase decals however!
Light and shades
The lighting you choose to have can really change the feel of the space. Depending on what you’re planning to use the room for, or what atmosphere you’re trying to create, you may want lots of lights with bright daylight bulbs or you may opt for a few low-level lamps around the room to create a warm ambience with soft lighting. Christmas tree lights exude cosiness so you could incorporate fairy lights in to your all-year-round lighting plan. Or maybe it’s all about the party atmosphere and you choose to have a disco light like one of these! Whatever you choose to do, be sure to keep the original bulbs safe for when you vacate the property however as you will be expected to leave it as it was when you moved in, which includes light bulbs.
Changing light and lamp shades is a great way of personalising and updating a room without leaving any damage to the property. You can use them to tie your styles together and match any colour scheme you may have chosen for that room. Again, ensure you keep the originals for when you vacate.
Customise your furniture
Although increasingly popular, upcycling furniture is not a new thing, but the level of detail and vibrancy of colour has intensified. Gone are the days when furniture was monochrome and bland. To help tie your colour scheme together without painting a single spot on the walls, you could add some wallpaper to the back of bookshelves, decoupage a chest of drawers or add some gold leaf to a coffee table. There are countless tutorials on YouTube if you’re feeling crafty but if not, you can always commission a professional to undertake the work for you.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, having indoor plants is said to boost your mood, reduce stress levels, increase productivity and potentially improve air quality. It’s just a bonus that they are aesthetically pleasing so in this case, more is more! Indoor plants and flowers bring life in to your home and can help you create different levels by having plants hanging from existing ceiling hooks, high on bookshelves, at eye level on coffee tables or on the floor. Fret not, however, if you were not blessed with green fingers, there are some fabulous artificial plants which will at least provide the beauty aspect! We love this Black Stem Bamboo by Blooming Artificial.
It’s worth noting that you can of course ask your landlord if you can redecorate. Sometimes permission will happily be granted but remember you are likely to be contractually bound to return the property to its original condition when your tenancy comes to an end, which will involve you redecorating the property before you leave. Ensure you have all agreements in writing to avoid any dispute when you leave.
If you are relocating and would like help finding your new property, please contact us to see what how we can assist you with each step of your journey.
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