So you’ve moved into your own gaff and you’re adulting like a pro. But even though there are certain things about the place you don’t exactly love, as a tenant you’ll just have to live with them, right? Wrong. Actually there are tons of easy, affordable and reversible changes you can make to turn your space from dreary to dreamy, without risking the wrath of your landlord or your deposit.
Dealing with a boring, bland bedroom
Your bedroom is the most important room to get right, especially when it’s the only space you can escape to when your housemates’ habits get too much.
First, the bed. If you can afford it, replace the mattress and treat yourself to some lovely linen, a throw and some cushions. We don’t want to sound like your mum, but remember to keep it made and fresh, otherwise it will never be an inviting place to spend time in.
A colourful rug will hide even the grottiest of carpets, hang some art or photographs and some artfully-placed lamps and scented candles are a cheap shortcut to a calm and happy space.
Learn some sneaky storage tricks. Stuffing everything in the wardrobe and under the bed will only work for so long so get some stylish boxes in. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns and will work as a design feature in their own right.
Most rented kitchens are awful…
But even if you’re not allowed to re-paint, or dump any of those rusty old appliances, there are plenty of smaller, more affordable changes that can do battle with a bad kitchen.
You can start by freshening up the presses and drawers with some new knobs and getting some fresh flowers in. New tea towels and some wall art will give an instant update, and storing basics like tea bags, pasta and sugar in smart-looking jars will make the place look much tidier.
And for that professional look, hang your knives and utensils on a magnetic rack.
Rented bathrooms tend to be even worse
But the good news is it’s easy to add your own style to even the most basic of bathrooms.
Start with a deep clean, and then look at the finer details. Shower curtains, towels and bathroom mats come in tons of different colours and patterns, and are a cheap way to update the room and make it feel like yours.
Get some sophisticated decals, or wall stickers, which are a great way to temporarily personalise a bland bathroom and cover up any grouting.
Finally add some greenery and get some nice storage jars and baskets for cotton wool balls, toiletries and other essentials, all little touches that will take it from grimy to gorgeous in no time.
When even your bestie refuses to come over…
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