Due to the current tough economy, many homeowners have found the need to return to renting rather than buying a property. No matter what your age, renting a property can be a good short-term investment, until you have enough money to secure your own place. At Global Guardians we’ve come up with these five top tips for ways to decorate your rented property so that it feels like a home.
Decorate the walls carefully
Many rented properties won’t allow you to paint or wallpaper the walls. To add extra colour to the walls though try adding wallpaper to a canvas or plywood panels, or attaching a strip to string, and propping or hanging these against a wall. Both solutions are cheap to make and will give you more flexibility for decorating a room. It’s a really easy way to make a bold statement, switch up the colour scheme, or add a centre piece to any room.
Step away from the nails and blu-tack
Blu-tack causes major frustration to landlords as it leaves a greasy mark on the paint, which has to be painted over to remove. Drilling holes into the walls for nails, to attach frames, can also leave unwanted damage. There are a number of ways around these issues so that you don’t have to live with bare walls. New products are popping up on the market that make it easy to hang pretty much anything, without the use of sticky glue substances or nails.
Find stand-alone items
Home stores will have many items that don’t need a hammer and nail to fit into your room. From items to hold toilet paper to magazine racks, or fruit bowls to candle holders, stand-alone items can look good, without the damage. Even potted plants or lamps can brighten up corners of the room. With such a vast selection of possibilities, you don’t need to spend a lot on these simple homely touches.
Choose ornaments wisely
Home décor is becoming a leading trend in itself and many people are spending more and more money on decorating their home. Think bold with the ornamental pieces you choose to add a pop of character to a room. Another way to get around the lack of wall decorations is to create ornament collections. Line shelves, bookcases or other surfaces with an array of trinkets. These may be things you have collected on your travels, books, or music, which can all add a more personal feel to your home.
Add plush furnishings
The majority of rented properties come fully furnished which leaves you with very few choices when it comes to furniture. You may find that the colour scheme really isn’t to your taste but you can solve this by adding plush items. Rugs, cushions, quilts and blankets not only look great in a room, but make a room feel warmer and more welcoming. Handmade items will make things feel more homely too so why not try to sew or decorate your own cushion covers or quilts.
At Global Guardians we secure vacant properties with our live in property guardians. If your London property needs safeguarding or you want to find out more, simply get in touch with us today and our friendly team will be able to provide a solution.