With property prices through the roof and many of us stuck in rented flats and houses, decorating your own home might seem like a distant dream. But with a little creativity, you can make any rented space your own.
Getting around the frustrating letting agreements of your flat or house is easier than you think and it is possible to make your rented property feel like home, without changing any of the permanent features of the house. Believe us when we say temporary design can still make a big impact, even though it’s low-commitment.
Luckily, it’s never been easier to find interiors inspiration for a rented property. And for the thrifty amongst us, it doesn’t even have to cost the Earth. Soft furnishings, artwork and mirrors are probably some of the easiest ways to add personality to rented accommodation without risking an unhappy landlord. Plus, if you are in an unfurnished flat, you can really make a house a home by starting your own collection of striking furniture that can come with you to the next rented property, making a new house instantly feel like home.
Read on to learn how colour and print can add personality to an impersonal space, as well as discovering cheap and removable alternatives to wallpaper. You will also find tips and tricks for creating the illusion of space, plus storage ideas to keep your rented property clutter-free. Find out how to landscape the garden of your rented property, without the worry of planting shrubs and flowers that you will one day leave behind.
Living room window with decorative screen
With a rented property, the trick is to incorporate personal touches that can easily be removed or repurposed in your next home. Here, a decorative wooden screen takes on a new life as a living room window treatment. With a look that harmonises beautifully with the airy, plantation style of the room, the screen almost serves the role that more permanent (and pricey) shutters traditionally would.
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Other than the decorating limits of a rental property, two big design challenges a renter faces are light and space. Tackle all three with one massive decorative statement: the oversized mirror. While there is understandable trepidation in regards to transport and expense, once you have taken a deep breath and placed your giant mirror in your living room, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Illusion of space? Check. Increase in light? Check. Bold decorative statement that says no fear? Massive, over-sized check.
Rental properties are a minefield when it comes to applying your personal design stamp. Throw caution to the wind and conquer your decorative dilemma in a bold way with an oversized wall sticker. Fully removable, and often available in every colour imaginable, a giant adhesive scene will add bags of character to an expanse of wall. In this case, built-in cupboards get the decorative treatment and give this dining room a playful kick.
Add serious artistic punch to a strip of wall in a rented property with a decorative panel. This is something that can either be purchased or, if you are feeling brave, can be created by your own fair hand with a little bit of precision and effort. The fact that it's so easy to hang and to move around makes it the ideal solution for adding temporary decorative interest to a living room.
A small space, especially a bathroom, can really benefit from a burst of colour and pattern to take it from bland to brilliant. While it is only a small addition, it's good when that touch can be transportable, especially when living in a rental property. Here, a wallpapered screen takes the place of wallpaper for adding impact, and is equally adaptable in regards to size. At full expanse, it's a decorative keeper of modesty; folded up, it's a cool and quirky art panel.
When there is no door where you want one to be, solutions are limited, especially in a rental property. Lengths of fabric were built for just such a purpose. You might not get the soundproofing a door may provide, but, for privacy and decorative charm, hanging a couple of metres of fabric over an opening is just the ticket.
Even if you are allowed to paint a wall in a rental, you are rarely allowed to change something as integral as the tiling. Give thanks, then, for decorative adhesives - the modern day saviour of rental property design schemes. Add individuality and personality to your kitchen or bathroom with peel and stick tile tattoos. Just ensure that you invest in ones that are fully removable and you'll create a look previously unachievable. Isn't technology wonderful?
Take window treatments to a new and temporary place with adhesive film. Youll never quite know what size your next windows will be, so the huge cost of curtains for a rented property could be a waste. Adhesive window film is the perfect solution for implementing privacy without a massive financial output. And decorative styles go from traditional to contemporary so the look can be just what you are after.
The garden of a rented home should offer the same lush escape as that of an owned property. But shrubs and bedding plants are a big investment - and a lot of hard work to plant and maintain - only to have to dig them up or, at worst, abandon them once you are ready to move on. Look to oversized planters as the solution. Collect a range of shapes and sizes and plant up for an eclectic bohemian look. Or line up a row of the same large pot to create an eyecatching feature.
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The holes that inevitably appear as the result of either decorating or trying to create storage in a rental property can be difficult to rectify. Minimise damage to your rented property via the magic of pegboard. In this utility room, the back of a door is put to use as a cleaning storage wonder wall with framed pegboard. Simply fix to the door (with minimal damage) and use to hange adaptable storage and a few decorative touches.