Just because you rent your property doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to begin making it a home. Restrictions on how you can personalise your rented space may be frustrating, but thankfully there are plenty of ways you can still make your mark, without leaving a mark. Here are some cost-effective, non-permanent design ideas that are easy to take with you when you move.
1. Swap the lighting fixtures. Taking down any unsightly light fixtures will instantly make a difference to your space. The ceiling is a great place to add a statement light fitting as it makes use of the height of a room, rather than cramming all your personal touches onto surfaces and walls.
Loxton lighting industrial pendant in olive green, £26.99, Worldstores.co.uk
2. Swap knobs on drawers and bulky furniture with colourful ceramic ones for a vintage feel. (Just make sure to store the originals somewhere safe to put back when you leave!) If you rent a furnished apartment, removing your landlord’s bulky furniture and finding somewhere to store it is not a viable option. However, your own set of nice door knobs can travel with you from place to place, taking up minimal space, but adding instant flair. Don’t be afraid of eclectic mixing and matching.
Pushka doorknobs, £3.95 per knob, Notonthehighstreet
3. Create your own removable wall art using wall stickers. Wall stickers are a DIY interior decorator’s dream. These beautiful wall stickers come in so many designs and you can use them to personalise any blank space. They’re very easy to remove and achieve a clean, effective style of wall art. Why not change the design every couple of months to update your space? It’s much easier than wallpapering!
Dandelion wall stickers, £26.99, Worldstores.co.uk
4. Invest in a statement rug. Colour is your friend in a bland space, so don’t be afraid to go bold in a way that reflects your style. If you can’t hang art on your walls, then put it on your floors.
Zaida cream miro rug, £164.99, Worldstores.co.uk
5. Having said that, make sure to hang up some art! It will transform the space. Although you may not be able to go about knocking holes all over your walls, one teeny tiny one will not be too much trouble to fill when it comes to moving out. Posters and blutack will possibly do more damage and give your home a student feel, so go for a statement framed print. If you’re particularly worried that creating a hole in the wall will put your security deposit at risk, then prop up your framed art on shelves or a mantelpiece.
Camelot London transport 45cm wall art by Ben James, £57.59, Worldstores.co.uk
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