How to decorate a rented home

Decorating for renters

How to decorate a rented home

How to decorate a rented home

According to the Office for National Statistics the number of households in the private rented sector in the UK increased from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2017. That’s a lot of people renting properties! In addition to this, another piece of information from the Office for National Statistics is that in 2017, 62% of households in the private rented sector in the UK had spent under three years in the same accommodation.

When you are renting your property, just like when you own it, it’s nice to make that space feel like your home.

A lot of rental properties have the dreaded magnolia walls and non-descript bathrooms and kitchens. So if you are spending up to three years looking at magnolia walls that don’t make the space feel like home it’s enough to drive anyone insane!

There are however a number of things you can do to make the space more homely without compromising your deposit.

First of all though is to ensure that you have your landlord’s permission to implement any changes.

So, without further ado, here are a few small changes you can make to improve the interior design of your rented space and make it more homely:

1. Give it a new coat of paint

A lot of landlords keep the walls in either white, magnolia or grey but don’t tend to have the time nor the inclination to look into alternative colours for walls. Therefore, stick to nice alternative neutrals which will keep your landlord happy and freshen up the walls. Little Greene has some lovely neutrals.

2. Upgrade your lighting                                                                                                                    interior design for rental homes

If you have downlights or a single light  pendant per room you can add some floor lamps and table lamps to give the rooms a nice cosy ambience.

Decorating tips for renters

3.  Choose nice soft furnishings

Soft furnishing add the finishing touch and dress the room. Interior designers spend a lot of time choosing these and integrating them into their design schemes as they really make a difference to the end design.

4. Invest in some lasting pieces

Whether it’s furniture, art or accessories, you can invest in some of these pieces as these will be your forever items that you can take to your next home.


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