Fed up of living in a home that makes you feel like you're stuck in a 90’s time warp? Renting can often feel restrictive, especially when it comes to making a space your own. But, there is a solution: clever decorating hacks. Here are some budget-friendly ideas to help drag your dated rental home out of its past.
1. Use a bookshelf for more than just storing books
As well as housing your favourite novels, bookcases are a quirky way to showcase your favourite knick knacks. Whether it's plants, trinkets or candles, surround your books with statement accessories to create an eye-catching focal point.
2. Switch up the lighting
Good lighting can make all the difference to the look and feel of a space. And the great thing is, changing it up is both affordable and easy. Simply add a new lampshade, floor lamp or side light to brighten up your home. Or for an unorthodox twist, use outdoor lights as indoor lights.
3. Personalise your bed with a headboard
Spruce up a lacklustre bed by installing a new head board. As well as adding your own personal stamp, a new head rest will instantly make your bed feel and look more luxurious.
4. Add a statement chair
If your rented space lacks personality, a statement chair is the perfect remedy. Whether it's a bright coloured seat to add a flash of colour, or a statement throne to dazzle your guests, a show-stopping chair can do wonders for a rented space.
5. Cheer up a dated sofa with a throw
As the living room's flagship piece, a sofa can hugely impact the way a room looks. If you weren't blessed with a nice sofa when you moved in, cheer it up with a colourful throw - no-one will ever know what lies beneath.
6. Replace the curtains
Give your home an instant face lift by replacing the curtains. This is also a clever way to inject colour, without touching the walls. Opt for a lively pattern or vibrant colour for maximum visual appeal.
7. Add a statement rug
A statement rug is the perfect antidote for ugly flooring. As well as hiding what's underneath, rugs help to punctuate a room, making it feel warmer and more homely.
8. Prop up statement art
If anything is going to give your home character, it's artwork. For a stylish look that will keep your walls intact, prop up your favourite pieces against a mantelpiece, chair or window sill.
For more decorating ideas for a rented home, check out our article: Bathroom Prep: Make a rented space your own.
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