Around 20% of the British population now live in privately rented accommodation. And according to the latest English housing survey (2016/17) The attitude towards long-term letting is changing. More than 80% of tenants say they are largely satisfied with their accommodation, while the quality of the rental properties offered has improved.
Regardless of whether you live in a rental apartment or a house, there are restrictions on what you can do with the place to make it feel like home. And with rents now rising a third of the income On average (and up to 41% in London), household budgets are feeling the pressure. So what can you do
Talk to your landlord
Don’t do anything until you’ve spoken to your landlord or rental agency, check what exactly you can and can’t do, and get their permission. Settings vary widely on the subject of decorating.
Some owners will be happy to give you free hand as long as you take care of the location, others even offer to pay for the materials. Other landlords take the opposite view and don’t even allow a nail in the wall. You threaten to keep your deposit if you fail to do so. It is always best to have the landlord on your side.
Set a realistic budget
If you know the rules of engagement, determine how much you can afford to spend on your rental home. Large ticket items like kitchen units and bathroom suites are unlikely to change, but they do exist plenty of scope for renovation with painting and decorating the walls and adding furniture and furnishings that are more of a personal style statement.
A word of caution. Regardless of how much you want to improve the environment, keep in mind that this may just be your temporary home. So don’t waste your money paying for renovations that you may not get full benefit from.
New color schemes
Most landlords choose to redecorate their rental property about every 5 years or at the end of a long tenancy. Why not make the suggestion that if he agrees to pay for the paint or wallpaper, you could do the job? In this way, the property is refreshed, the landlord saves money for a decorator and you have a greater say in the colors in your house.
You may need to negotiate a bit to reach an agreement on acceptable colors. Many owners only allow white or neutral room schemes while you want them to Dig the beige and bring some color and creativity to the building. That said, it’s probably wise to avoid extreme colors or color effects unless you’re ready to paint over them before you move out. The same applies to lively wallpapers – the wall of a man is the eyesore of another person …
Paths with free-standing furniture
There was a time when rented accommodation was fully furnished and left little room for personalization. Fortunately, unfurnished rentals are the norm these days, which means that you can furnish your home at will. From beds to bookshelves, sofas and sideboards to chairs and dressers and much more, there are countless ways to give your home your personal style and convey a feeling of personal responsibility.
Whether you prefer minimalist living or modern eco-chic, classic interiors or a vintage retro atmosphere, items can be obtained from retailers and online shops, second-hand shops and car boot sales at different prices – you can Upcycle unique pieces for additional interest and character.
Home textiles and accessories
Beyond the furniture, there are walls and floors that need to be decorated to create a multi-layered interior theme that reflects your personality. Use the base color as a blank canvas to play with, add pictures and murals to create the interest and drama you want. Be careful when drilling holes in the wall – get permission first! – or use reusable sticky adhesive pads or picture hooks or picture rails, if available.
If you have a limited selection of wall colors, use home textiles to solve the problem. Vibrant woven throws and bright pillows, colorful curtains and carpets can work wonders and transform any room. Don’t forget to add lush greenery – biophilia is one great interior trend This year add houseplants to give your home a fresh, soothing feel.
Funky functional storage ideas
There is not too much storage space, as any interior designer will tell you. Good organization at home not only helps you keep track of your possessions, saves you time finding things, but also makes the room look larger.
Freestanding closets and bookshelves take you so far, but what about built-in closets and built-in furniture where you can store all your things while making the most of the layout of the accommodation and the uncomfortable spaces? Again, you will most likely need to get the landlord’s permission first. In the meantime, there are countless ways to improvise with quirky and creative storage ideas that are as useful as they are attractive. Here are some great ideas that will get you thinking right.