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Decorating a rental property

When decorating a rental property, landlords will often leave it is a blank canvas, keeping everything muted and neutral to avoid putting people off with décor that doesn’t suit their tastes.

This is a good approach from their perspective, however the downside is that rental properties can tend to feel a bit impersonal. But it doesn’t have to stay that way – with a little flair and imagination you can put your own stamp on a newly rented property without needing a big budget.

Adding colour

Try injecting a bit of colour into your home with accessories and soft furnishings. It’s surprising the difference that can be made to a kitchen with some bright accessories such as coloured kettles, toasters, blinds and tea towels.

Ask your landlord

When decorating a rented property, you will need to seek your landlord’s permission before making any changes such as painting or putting up shelves, but cushions, rugs vases, pictures, candlesticks and throws can all be used to make a living space more homely and express your personality. Try layering different patterns and textures to create a comfy living space.

Be smart

Thick heavy curtains not only make a lounge feel cosy, they can also help keep the room warm, meaning lower heating bills in winter. Soft furnishings and rugs also help to absorb sound – good if you live in a flat, particularly if you have wood or laminate floors which can be noisy and disturb downstairs neighbours, leading to disputes.

Light it up!

Lighting can also make a big difference to how homely a room feels. Instead of harsh bright lights, soft table or floor lamps, tea lights, candles and fairy lights can all help make a rented house or flat feel more like home. (Careful with the hot wax and oil though if you want to get your deposit back!).

Got a creative streak?

If you have the time, you could get crafty and creative, and make your own home furnishings and accessories without spending much money. The advantage of this is you can use your own designs and even incorporate your own photos and artwork to make something truly unique. Photos printed onto canvases can add the personal touch, and there are lots of apps and websites that can help you do this very easily.

Programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee and the Great British Bake Off have contributed to a UK home skills revival. Knitting is not just for Nannas anymore, and there’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread and cake to make a rented house really feel like home!

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