You don’t need to own your home to create stylish interiors. As people are increasingly being priced out of the housing market, more of us are continuing to rent later into life – but this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a cosy home.
When you scroll through Instagram, it’s easy to feel envious watching people carry out extensive renovations or decorating their homes. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find plenty of inspiring homes that are occupied by renters: Medina Grillo, Emma Jane Palin, Charlotte Jacklin and Victoria from Apartment Number Four all have beautiful rented homes that reflect their personalities.
If you’re living in rented accommodation and feeling frustrated, we’ve pulled together our top tips for how to add personality to a rented house or flat. Read on to discover simple styling tips and investment purchases that can help to transform a house into a home.
Invest in small furniture that makes a big impact
Live in a furnished flat? Look for small furniture that makes a big impact, like our 366 and Fox chairs. These small wooden-framed chairs will fit into tiny nooks-and-crannies and can be used for extra seating alongside your sofa. They’re available in a wide range of colours and fabrics, ideal for adding a pop of colour into an otherwise plain room.
Ask if you can give the place a lick of paint
If you can’t live with magnolia walls, speak to your landlord about freshening up with a fresh coat of paint. They may be opposed to bold colours, but most landlords won’t say no to white walls. It’s amazing what a difference clean white walls can make to a room.
Buy a free-standing shelving unit
Adding shelves to your walls isn’t usually allowed in rented accommodation, but there’s a simple fix for that. Invest in a free-standing shelving unit that you can place against a wall and fill with books, records or bits & bobs.
Go large with mirrors
If you’re lacking mirrors and aren’t allowed to hang anything on the walls, look for large mirrors that can easily lean against the walls instead. Not only will they make your rooms feel brighter and larger, but they instantly add interest.
Add colour with plants
If you’ve moved into a home that feels like a plain white box, add colour and texture with accessories and plants. Placing a few interesting plants in each room is beneficial to your health, as well as providing colour and interest.
Lean framed prints against walls
Can’t put anything on the walls? You can still add fun prints to your home without need for a hammer and nails. Frame a few prints and place on the mantelpiece, on shelves or on top of cabinets to add personality. Style with trailing plants and your favourite decorative objects to create the perfect shelfie.
Cover up nasty floors with rugs
Cover up a boring carpet or scuffed wooden floor with an assortment of rugs. Larger styles can cover up the majority of floor space in a room, while runners are perfect for sprucing up hallways and landings.
Have fun with storage
Storage doesn’t have to be boring. If you’re looking for fun alternatives to standard cupboards, take a peek at our colourful collection of storage lockers. The larger lockers are perfect for home offices or even wardrobes, while the smaller styles work well as bedside tables or bathroom cabinets.