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July 23, 2018 | twentytwo
Make a Rented House a Home
We all want a place to call home; somewhere cosy, full of personality and our favourite memories. If you’re buying a home you can easily fill it with character by painting, knocking walls down, extending and rearranging, creating new memories as you do so, but for those looking to move into rented, the restrictions on decorating can be disheartening and it can often feel as though you are a guest in someone else’s home. But, even if you don’t own the property, transforming the home into a unique place tailored to you is far from impossible. Here at Wright Marshall, we have a huge range of homes available to rent and so if you have your eye on one but need a little inspiration and guidance on decorating (within contract!), we’re here to help. Take a look at our top tips…
A lick of paint:
Although many landlords don’t allow tenants to make permanent decorations, some do, so there’s never any harm in asking! If you’re given the go ahead to paint, we’d suggest keeping the colour simple – this way, if the landlord is expecting you to return it to its original colour it’s not too difficult to do and, it will go with everything! A pale, pastel colour will open up the room and create a refreshing atmosphere, whilst also allowing plenty of scope to brighten up the room with complimentary accessories.
If your landlord doesn’t want you repainting, don’t worry, there’s an easy alternative that still allows you to inject your own personality into the house – have you heard of ‘stick-on’ wallpaper? A genius invention if you ask us! Temporary wallpapers are a ‘genuine replica’ in that they look real but don’t damage underlayers and are easy to apply and remove. Starting at approximately £16 (click here to see some of our favourites!) it’s never been easier to add a range of fun patterns and textures to a rented home.
Let there be light:
Light shades are easy to change and can make a such big difference to the interior of a room. If you can’t change them due to budget or technical issues (we can’t all be amateur electricians!), focus on placing stylish lamps around the room instead, and rely on them as your main light source when the evening sets in for a cosy, homely ambience.
Drop the curtains:
On the subject of light, make your rooms brighter by replacing the existing curtains and blinds with your own. Although it can be challenging to remove those already up, you’ll be grateful for your efforts afterwards. Be sure to store the landlord’s curtains somewhere safe though as you’ll need to reinstall them when you leave.
No home is complete without a display of your finest photos and art décor, but if wall fixings aren’t allowed? No problem! Frames can be placed on existing shelves, surfaces or leaned against walls and hung on temporary photo hangers. Even if you don’t plan on living in your rented home long, we definitely recommend decorating the place with personal photos and canvases – it’s much better to come home to a house full of your happiest memories after a long day at work than one with blank walls.
Whether you prefer houseplants, flowers or succulents, plants introduce colour and a sense of wellbeing into the home. Why not add a more personal touch still by growing your own herbs? Not only are they a great aesthetic addition but for the Jamie Oliver’s amongst us, they’re perfect for home cooking (Jamie himself actually has a few tips on how to grow your own, so budding chefs, make sure you take a look!).
Just because you don’t own the house, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a home to you, so be positive and enhance the interior as much as your contract allows. It’s important to remember that renting has numerous benefits – the versatility of decorating is just one!
For more décor inspiration, take a look at the ‘ten commandments’ of decorating a rental home, and click here* to see our latest Pinterest boards on interior design!