Wednesday 16 January 2019

Design Rules for Rental Properties

If you are living in a rental property then it might seem like you don’t have the freedom you would like to decorate and make your home unique, however there are a number of ways that you can add some personality to your rental property, just follow these design rules.  There are more renters in the UK than ever before and because of this there are more options available to you when it comes to decorating your space.

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Talk to Your Landlord

One of the first things you need to do when you want to decorate your rental property is to talk to your landlord, property management company or estate agent. It is important to stress that you want to stay in the property long term, you enjoy living there and you won’t make any changes that can’t be undone. If your landlord is cooperative you might be able to paint or purchase new furniture, however if your landlord doesn’t want you to decorate the property, there are plenty of options too. 

Look around for a rental property that appeals to you. High end new developments, like those sold by RW Invest are perfect examples of modern, well designed properties for tenants.

Use Soft Furnishings

Cushions, new bedding, throws, wall hangings – soft furnishings are a renter’s best friend. They are the perfect way to add colour and personality to your rental property without any damage. Make sure you don’t throw away any of the soft furnishings that came with your property, as they will be needed in the inventory when you move out. There are a wide range of different effects that you can create by using fabric in your property, from hanging decorative fabric instead of wallpaper to choosing a bright rug to protect the carpet. Another great thing about using soft furnishings like cushions and throws in your property is that you can take them with you when you leave.

Experiment with Decorations

Because there are so many renters in the UK, there are far more ways that you can decorate your rented home temporarily. From DIY options like creating temporary wallpaper which takes a lot of time and effort, to purchasing readymade stencils which you can peel off when you move out, there are a number of ways you can decorate your walls without causing damage. Washi tape is another option that is popular for renters, with bright colourful patterns available.

Lots of Lights

Filling your property with light is a great way to make it feel bright, homely and welcoming. Quirky table lamps, beautiful lampshades and colourful floor lamps can all be used to add some fun design touches to your property. Fairy lights are another way you can add some soft, romantic lighting to your space, especially over a headboard or on a mantlepiece. Statement lighting is one of the best features you can utilise, to give your home a high end, designer feel. Using different textures, styles of lighting and types of lamps is perfect for your rental property, and you can take your favourites to your new home too.


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