If you are a renter you'll be all too aware of the added difficulties of putting your own unique stamp on your flat or home. Often creatively restricted to one Magnolia wall colour, carpet colour and tile choice it can be really frustrating and at worst the house can end up never really feeling like home. The good news is that there are plenty of easy decorating tricks that you can use to disguise the features of the house that you do not like and to make the house feel more like your own. So to help you create the rented property of your dreams, we've come up with our top 10 tips to help you decorate your rented home...
NO.1.UTILISE FREESTANDING SHELVES AND CABINETS
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Freestanding shelves and cabinets are a renters dream! Yes, you may not be able to fix your chosen cupboards and shelves to the wall, but darlings don't let this discourage you. Easy to do, invest in some stylish freestanding storage solutions such as cabinets, shelves, ladders and units. You can then add your own magical touch to your rental, by accessorising the freestanding shelves and cabinets with your favourite quirky ornaments, photographs, candles and display pieces.
Bamboo Display Cabinet £825.00 | Black Pine Display Cabinet £425.00 | Wooden Ladder With 5 Basket Shelves £145.00 | Ornate Gold Tall Tray Shelves £99.00 | Brass Quadratic Shelf Unit £78.00 | Distressed Black Display Cabinet With Botanical Lining £360.00 | Three Tier Shelf Unit £230.00 | Display Cabinet With Industrial Doors £375.00
For tips on how to create a beautiful display or style spot, check out our blogs: #RSGCREATIVE: THE ART OF DISPLAY and #RSGCREATIVE: HOW TO CREATE COFFEE TABLE STYLE SPOTS IN 10 EASY STEPS.
NO.2. ADD TEXTURE WITH RUGS
The home of Deborah Vos as seen in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
An easy way to add texture and interest to the home is with rugs! Use runners down the hallway, large rugs in the living room and dress sofas with sheepskin rugs. A deep pile rug will work particularly well if your rented home has laminate flooring and a bold pattern or geometric runner will look great in the hallway instantly drawing the eye as you enter the home. You could even hang the rugs on the walls or ceilings!
Another brilliant idea has come from our co-founder Jane Rockett, who has suggested hanging a rug at the head of your bed as your headboard. Not only is it a super cosy and eye-catching wall feature it will also hide or blend with the wall colour if you are not keen on it.
Original Moroccan Berber Bedside Rug - Medina With Single Fringe £475.00 | 100% Wool Leopard Rug £160.00 | Natural Moroccan Bamboo Rug With Small Diamond Pattern - Red £125.00 | Genuine Sheepskin Rug - Curly Ivory £59.00 | Grey Pom Pom Rug £285.00 | Original Moroccan Round Hand-Woven Jute Rug £120.00 | Original Moroccan Berber Runner - Rabat £495.00 | Beach House Rug £80.00
For more tips on how to create a cosy-vibe in the home, check out our blog: #RSGCREATIVE: HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO YOUR HOME.
NO.3. LEAN ART PRINT AND MIRRORS AGAINST THE WALL
If you can't face filling in the holes that you make in the walls or simply don't have the budget to do so, then consider leaning mirrors, artwork and photographs against the walls. This is a great trick for those unfilled nooks or walls and can look really showstopping, particularly if you opt for giant artwork. It also works just as well if you sit your mirrors and artwork on cabinets and shelving units which will instantly add visual interest to the room with variations in heights and sizes.
Alternatively, you can layer smaller framed prints on shelves, cabinets and draws and if you have a pinboard why not create an inspiration board with your favourite art and quotes and hang over your desk? It's a super easy way of adding life to the home.
Kate Moss Biba Girl Art Print By Anna Hayman £35.00 | Black & Gold Framed Convex Mirror £80.00 | Golden Eye Vanity Mirror £36.00 | Unframed OK Art Print By B Bredenbekk £54.00 | Feather Effect Metallic Wings £180.00 | Monochrome Abstract Alphabet A-Z Art Print £38.00 |Unframed Faberge Art Print By Peytil £54.00 | Large Side-View Mushroom Mirror £215.00
For tips on how to create your very own, Lacroix Card Artwork, check out our blog: #RSGCREATIVE: HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LACROIX PLAYING CARD PICTURE FRAME IN SIX EASY STEPS.
NO.4. UPGRADE YOUR DOOR HANDLES AND CUPBOARD KNOBS
Set Of 2 Brass Jaguar Door Handles £60.00
Replace door handles and cupboard knobs with beautiful knobs and handles. Not only is this an inexpensive way to update your interiors, but it's also super easy to install and once you move out you can easily put the door handles and cupboard knobs back.
Set Of 2 Curved Peacock Door Handles £72.00 |Decorative Gold Lion Padlock £45.00 | Set Of 2 Jana Hand Drawer Knobs £15.00 Brass Bull Skull Door Knocker £32.00| Brass Parrot Design Door Handle / Wall Hook £40.00 | Antique Brass Turtle Hook £10.00 | Cobra Snake Door Handle £32.00 | Set Of 2 Monkey Drawer Knobs £15.00
NO.5. LIGHT IT UP
The home of Jane Rockett as seen in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
Renter or homeowner, lighting is so important for creating a beautiful home. Rather than relying on one source of light, namely overhead lighting opt for warming glows from table lamps, floor lights and candlelight! These light sources create beautiful pockets of light and shadows which creates a sense of calm and serenity in the home. For overhead lighting, opt for statement pendant lights that really catch the eye and if you are not lucky enough to have a dimmer switch, be sure to use a bulb with a low wattage that will not drown the room in an unforgiving white pool of light.
Don't forget lampshades either! Lampshades can add pops of colour and pattern to the home plus the texture can soften the harshness of stark white walls.
Large Artisan Tete Table Lamp With Shade - White With Crown Detail £395.00 | Anna Hayman Designs Velvet Pearl Pendant Shade From: £350.00 | Bell Lamp Shade With Fringing - 3 Sizes Available From: £50.00 | Angled Brass Dome Floor Lamp £250.00 | Three-Tier Fringe Chandelier - Black £165.00 | Black Parrots Small Brass Cheese Plant Wall Light £155.00 | Disco Ball LED Light Chain £12.00 | Triple Leaf Midas Forna Floor Lamp £325.00
For tips on how to make the most of your lighting, check out our blogs: #RSGSTYLE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIGHTING WORK THROUGH THE SEASONS and #RSGCREATIVE: SIX OF THE BEST LIGHTING TIPS.
NO.6. INVEST IN STATEMENT PIECES
Shit Armchair £890.00
There are some pieces that you just fall in love with. Be it a marble and gold coffee table, velvet chair or leather sofa - whatever it is, these are the pieces that you simply cannot scrimp on. If you really love a piece of furniture, lighting or home accessory it is guaranteed to stand the test of time and you will find yourself taking it from home to home as you move on through the years. These statement pieces are guaranteed to enhance your interiors as well as adding a touch of luxury.
Boho Moroccan Handwoven Rug Armchair £645.00 | Black Leather Loveseat Sofa £2,400.00 | Contemporary Round Table £1,200.00 | Om Mudra Hand Chair £450.00 | Jive Herringbone Tweed Armchair £695.00 | Gatsby Marble & Brass Effect Drinks Trolley £275.00 | Black Rattan Hanging Chair £235.00 | Palm Leaves Coffee Table £360.00
For tips on how to choose those investment pieces that will stand the test of time, read our blog: #RSGSTYLE: 5 TIMELESS PIECES THAT EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE.
NO.7. MIX UP YOUR CURTAINS
The home of Quentin Larouix as seen in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
Ugly curtains?! Boring blinds? Then replace them or enhance them! Luckily curtains can be easily taken down and put back up, so don't suffer with ugly curtains, simply take them down and store in airtight clothing bags. The same goes for shower curtains too! If you have boring blinds that lack serious personality - as permission to add a curtain rail (9 times out of 10 a landlord won't mind as long as you remove and fill in the holes afterwards) and hang some curtains to add a more homely and luxurious feel to your window dressing.
Black Floral Velvet Curtain £135.00 | Linen Blend Curtain With Gold Spot - Dijon £79.99 | Black Paper Link Door Curtain £28.00 | Blue Palm Leaf Shower Curtain £52.00 | Black Floral Shower Curtain £52.00 | Linen Blend Curtain With Gold Spot - Dijon £79.99 | Shell Door Curtain £85.00
NO.8. TAKE THE DOORS OFF YOUR CUPBOARDS
The home of Helene Morris as seen in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
We heard this rather excellent tip from Kate Watson Smyth (mad about the house) at our Interior Trends Event back in January. Kate advised that if you don't like your kitchen cabinets or cupboards then consider taking the doors off for open storage units. Not only does this create the illusion of more space in your home, it's also a great way to show off your gorgeous kitchen crockery! It's a WIN-WIN!
You can also hang racks and display shelves up which will not only give you more work surface space but is also like art for your walls! Alternatively use artwork, vinyl or self-adhesive wallpaper and cover the kitchen cabinets for a bold and showstopping look. Once you have your kitchen the way you want it - all you will need are some delicious recipes to experiment with! Check out our blog for inspo.
Standing Industrial Brass Storage Rack £215.00 |Dark Wood Shelf With Black Iron Hangers £60.00| Utility Hanging Shelves With Rail £140.00 | Charcoal Grey Luggage Rack With Hooks £55.00 | White Marble Shelf £52.00 | Black Pine Display Cabinet £425.00 | Adjustable Brass & Wood Wall Shelf £90.00 |Kitchen Rack For Cups, Mugs & Glasses £45.00
For tips on how to utilise your space, check out our blog: #RSGCREATIVE: TOP 5 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO ADD SPACE TO YOUR HOME.
NO.9 CHOPPING BOARDS TO HIDE TILES/BALANCE VINYL ON COUNTERS
Create a breadboard display in the kitchen to hide the tiles. Not only does it look really fabulous but it's also a really easy and inexpensive way of covering the tiles and paint up. The trick is to stand the breadboard up at a slight angle and layer three or four other boards against it. For interest choose carved or patterned breadboards like the Hand Carved Small Mango Wood Board or our Mango Wood Mandala Chopping Board which will instantly draw the eye. Different sized chopping boards will also add interest and of course, is super practical too!
If you have a large counter then you could also consider balancing vinyl against the back of your kitchen counters to cover the paint and tiles. Vinyl splashbacks are also super low maintenance meaning they are easy to clean and easy to remove once you decide to move out!
Frosted Mango Wood Mandala Chopping Board £46.00 | Set Of 3 Teak Paddle Breadboards £42.0o | Beija Vinyl Splashback Roll - Sofi Antique £40.00 | Rose Tinted Marble Paddle Chopping Board £36.00 | Beija Vinyl Splashback Roll - Antique Filigran £40.00 | Mango Wood Mandala Chopping Board £40.00 | Hand Carved Small Mango Wood Board £14.00 | Recycled Round Elm Breadboard £59.00
NO.10. ACCESSORISE, ACCESSORISE, ACCESSORISE!
Cushions, throws, houseplants, quirky display pieces, photographs, ornaments the more the better! Curate style spots and shelfie's around the home for instant impact! The trick is to play with heights and textures; so use your favourite book as a base and then display quirky accessories on top or create a quirky candlestick display with different sized candles. You could even create an asymmetrical display by building heights at one end of your shelves or coffee table which is particularly eye-catching.
Then add texture by displaying faux coral, crystals, plants and patterned pieces for an attention-grabbing display! Psst... keep an eye out for our styling blog with interior designers, Alex and bro coming very soon!
Glorious Velvet Cushion - Deep Terracotta £32.00 | Handmade Moroccan Black & White Chequered Vase £58.00 | Three Wise Monkey Ornaments - Black £39.95 | Leopard Picture Frame £20.00 | Rock Gold Hand Ornament £19.00 | Cotton Pom Pom Blanket 200x300cm - Black With Natural Pom Poms £145.00 | Set Of 3 Beautiful Black Seagrass Baskets £85.00 | Terracotta Distressed Stone Effect Buddha Planter £25.00