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 … Read More