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Colour your furnishings not your walls

One of the easiest ways to personalise your home is to add colour, but your landlord may not appreciate you painting your walls a bright shade. Instead, consider adding vibrant colours within you’re your furnishings. A neutral wall is the perfect backdrop for a dramatic and brightly coloured furnishing; maybe a fuchsia pink or bright red arm chair.

If bright colours aren’t to your taste, stick with neutral furnishings and maybe add brighter coloured accessories, like throws, cushions and rugs. These can be easily removed in case you want to change it up.

Create a focal point

Fireplaces in older properties are usually unused, boarded up or left empty and this can be the perfect area to create a focal point. If the fireplace has been left empty, you can try filling it with stacked logs or adding candles. If the fireplace has been boxed in, but the fireplace surround is still there, try placing a mirror above the mantel, then decorating it to the style of your home. This could mean placing numerous ornaments or flowers upon it.   

Keep your options open

Freestanding furniture is a tenant’s best friend, as there is no need for wall attachments, meaning no holes in the wall and no annoyed landlord! If you opt for modular pieces, it will mean that these furnishings can easily been rearranged to fit in a future home, if you do choose to move on. Photo frames, books and ornaments will add a homely feel to any space, so opt for pieces which allow you to show off your personality.

Use the vertical space

Taking advantage of the vertical space can be a godsend when you don’t have much room to work with. Plants and flowers are a way to add character into your home as well as making the space feel light and airy. If you have limited surface space, try adding some hanging plants which can be suspended from a single nail, or from a curtain pole; if you don’t want to make any holes.

Take advantage of the floor

Replacing your floor is rarely an option in a rented home, yet there are ways you can improve the look. Rugs are the best option in this case. So if you don’t like the way your floor looks at all, opt for a large rug that will cover as much of the floor as possible. If you choose a plain, neutral style you can probably pass it off as a carpet. However, if you are looking to add a bit of flare, use it as an opportunity to add some style by choosing an interesting pattern or bold colour rug.

Wall stickers

An alternative to art is wall stickers, and with the internet having a variety of options available there are plenty to choose from. Wall stickers are easy to place and can also be removed afterwards, not leaving a trace.

If you are looking to relocate, we have a great range of houses for rent, Barnstaple, which are perfect opportunity for you to turn your rented house into a home you have always wanted.