You don’t have to own your home to give it a personal touch. If you’re finding it difficult to be creative with your space, look no further! There’s many subtle ways to decorate your place that will not affect your tenancy agreement or cost you a lot of money.
Firstly, it’s best to check any contracts you have with your landlord and speak to them or your agent directly. Most landlords will allow tenants to decorate the property by hanging shelves, frames and mirrors as long as any holes are filled back in after the tenancy ends, and it’s safe to do so.
If you’re looking for fun, budget-friendly ways to add colour and personality into your home, keep on reading…
Fresh lick of paint
It may be worth asking if you’re allowed to paint the walls. Of course, landlords may disagree with your proposal to turn every room black or a bright colour, but subtly changing the walls with white, magnolia or light shades could be doing the landlord a favour by freshening the place up.
If you’re unable to hang décor there are plenty of ways to improvise and make use of the space you have. Free-standing storage like bookcases and shelving units make great features and storage in smaller rooms – you can find some stunning pieces on eBay, Amazon and other online shops for reasonable prices.
Switch up the furnishings
If your home is unfurnished, buying quirky pieces of furniture is a great way to add personality to your surroundings! Facebook Marketplace and charity shops are bursting with bargains and lots of second-hand furniture, which is fantastic for those on a budget. Try adding a monochrome check armchair or a rug with a bold print as a statement piece – it will certainly command attention and brighten up the room.
If you’re bored of the same tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, try using stickers. They are often available in a variety of sizes, patterns and colours and can be purchased both online and in shops like B&M and Home Bargains. The majority of designs are vinyl, making them easy to apply, swap out and remove when your tenancy ends.
Command Hooks and Strips
Command Hooks are very popular when it comes to decorating and it’s easy to see why. Used by hundreds of tenants, the Command range allows you to hang hooks, photos and frames of all weights and sizes without damaging the wall. When it’s time to leave the property, the hooks peel off with ease, leaving no marks or damage.
Lean, don’t hang
Another way to decorate your place is to lean canvases or mirrors on surfaces or in corners; it gives the same effect! Pick a bold piece of art for your living room which you just can’t take your eyes off and display it for all to see.
It’s all in the detail
Adding little accents to your home can be just as effective as wallpapering and painting. By filling your bookshelf with your favourite reads or lining your windowsill with sweet smelling plants, you will add a pleasant pop of colour and personality to your living area.
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