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How to decorate a rented home.

Decorating a rented home can be tricky. You want it to look beautiful and feel like your own, but you also don’t want to get stuck with furniture that is hard to move when you eventually decide to relocate. Before buying my own home, I spent years renting, so I understand the unique needs and challenges in making someone else's house feel like your own home. Here are my tips on how to decorate a rented home.

Empty rental property

First off, when choosing furniture for your rented home, consider pieces that are both stylish and functional. For example, a bookshelf can double as storage for books and display for decor items. A storage bench can provide seating and storage for shoes and other belongings. By choosing multifunctional pieces, you can maximise your space and make the most of your furniture.

Unless you have an extremely long lease, avoid splashing out on corner sofas or other larger pieces of furniture.... you don't know whether they will end up working in your new space when you move on!

Cosy Cushions - interior design by Saturday Space

To add a personal touch to your space, consider incorporating items such as colourful cushions, wall art, and plants. These items are relatively easy to pack up and take with you when you move, but can still make a big impact on the look and feel of your home.

Another way to add a personal touch to your rented home is by using area rugs (my favourite!) This is an excellent way to pull together a room and add warmth and texture to your space. Plus area rugs can also be easily rolled up and taken with you when you move to your next home!

Additionally, if you want to transform the look of your rented space without spending, consider changing the lighting. Changing the light fixtures or adding lamps can make a significant impact on the overall ambiance of the room. You can also play with different types of lighting, such as string lights, to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Lastly, don't forget about the power of good old curtains. They can add colour, pattern, and texture to your space while also providing privacy and blocking out light. You can also use curtains to create the illusion of a larger space by hanging them high above the window and letting them pool on the floor. Look for ready made options at places like Dunelm, John Lewis or La Redoute (just make sure you buy a 'pair' rather than just one panel!

If you are struggling with your rental home, we offer lots of services to help - such as our 'Expert Call' or Virtual Design. Feel free to get in touch if you require help!

Karen x


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