It is possible to create a space you love, even if you’re renting. With a little planning ahead and – in some cases, permission from your landlord – you could be on your way to transforming your home without investing in major structural changes. Here’s your 6-point checklist.
#1 CHANGE YOUR COLOUR SCHEME
Colour delivers a great decorative impact and can completely transform your home. You’d be surprised to know that a landlord may be delighted that you are willing to update their wall colour and do the painting for them provided it suits the property. Always seek their permission first and remember that lighter hues are easier to change if you move out.
#2 COVER UP DRAB CARPETS
Rental property carpets and flooring can look a little tired and drab. Bring your flooring to life with a new rug (or two) and use them to define a zone if the property is open plan.
#3 BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
We can never have enough plants! If you don’t have a backyard you can enjoy, consider introducing potted plants in your home. They provide a calming effect and will naturally filter your air. If you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry; there are plenty of plant varieties that can tolerate neglect and are practically un-killable!
Personalise your space with decorative accents such as throws, cushions, candles and room scents. Mix and match your textures to create the ultimate homely feel!
#5 EMBRACE ART
Amplify your interiors by introducing some eye candy on your wall; artwork can dramatically change the look and feel of your home. To avoid making holes on your walls consider resting your artwork against a console. You can also purchase damage free hooks, clips and frame Velcro strips which eliminates the need to ask for permission to hang your artwork.
#6 CORRECT YOUR LIGHTING
Rental properties have functional lighting, which unfortunately does little to set the tone and mood of a room. The good news is that you can completely eliminate the use of these lights altogether, with the use of floor lamps and table lamps which you can take with you when if you move!