So far I have always lived in rented homes, and it's kind of restricting when it comes redecorating to your taste and making it feel like home. Obviously some landlords are more flexible than others, so if they will let you paint, then go for it!! If not then here are a few tips on how you can easily add colour and personality to your rented home, without having to paint everything white again before you leave, or losing your security deposit...
2. Removable wallpaper. This is a brilliant option- particularly for children's rooms, as it is easy to apply, and it's easily removed without damaging the walls. You can also use it to jazz up wardrobes, cupboards, and furniture! Chasingpaper.com have some great designs, as well as designs by featured artists.
3. Paint doors/ picture frames to add colour.
If the thought of re painting the walls back to the original colour before you leave the property is a little too much, then painting picture frames, mirrors or doors is a great way to add colour to a room. With the doors you will still have to paint them back to their original colour before you leave, but as it's such a small area it will be something you can easily do in an afternoon. I painted the bedroom door in this room makeover and it really brightened up the room when the walls had to stay a neutral colour.
Don't like the curtains in your furnished flat?? Bag them up, and either hide them away or give them back to the landlord. If you have to keep the walls in a neutral colour, you can be a bit more adventurous with the curtains! It's definitely worth buying new curtains that you love, and when you move you can either take them with you, or pop them on eBay.
I love these curtains from Urban Outfitters - they let in a lot of light even when they are drawn, while still allowing privacy. If you need complete darkness in your bedroom, you can always pop a blackout blind behind the curtain for at night.
7. Wall hangings are a really cute way to hide something ugly, bohemian style! If you have a hideous thermostat or a stain on the wall, just cover it up. A large wall hanging can also look amazing over a bed! You can easily make your own- here is the tutorial for the one below from A Beautiful Mess
10. Lighting- Another obvious one, but so many people don't seem to bother with lighting other than ceiling pendant lights! Make the most of table lamps and floor lamps- as you can take these with you when you move. The simple gold lamp below (Image from Stephanie Sterjovski) works so perfectly with the white bedding and walls, it look so clean and bright!
I think regardless of how long you are planning to stay somewhere, you should always make your home feel like your own little sanctuary :)
If you have any other tips please share them in the comments below!
Have a lovely weekend!