Let’s face it, a rental property is never going to feel like home if you don’t put your stamp on it and inject some of your personality and style. My top tips will transform your rental into a home that you love, and the best thing about them is, you can take everything with you if you move!
1. A little TLC for your window treatments will go a long way in transforming any room.
Curtains are the perfect solution to add a pop of colour; make the room look larger by placing your curtain pole as close to the ceiling as possible. Always opt for long curtains wherever possible, this alludes to high ceilings and more space. Store your curtains on the wall so that you let as much light into the room, creating a light and airy space; this means that you will buy your curtain pole about 60-70cms larger than the window itself, the best thing about this is that if you move, the likely hood is that your pole will be large enough to fit any window! Buy your curtains longer than you need and take the hem up or ask your curtain maker to leave an extra-large hem, so that if you do move the hem can be let down and lengthened, again fitting most standard ceiling heights.
Blinds are a little less flexible if you move, as they are fitted to a window recess and therefore there is less leeway to adjust the size. Although, for a long-term rental, Roman blinds take very little fabric and are an economical alternative if you want to create a homely space for very little money. A simple and cost-effective pelmet takes this a step further and perfects a room, framing the roman blind and softening the window aperture; a perfect combination!
2. Lighting and window treatments are THE two most important factors when dressing a room, they really do set the tone.
So next up is lighting. Depending on your room configuration, you can usually get away with a low hanging statement light over a dining table or kitchen island, as there is no passing traffic and always sits well creating an intimate setting. For your entrance way and landing opt for very simple lighting and save the expense for your lounge and master bedroom. In your lounge try and keep your lighting flush to the ceiling to create the sense of space and head height.
3. Perfect your rental bedroom with a headboard that will give your home that wow factor.
You will love it so much that you’ll certainly want to take it with you when you move! Choose a simple shape, not too tall or wide to ensure you can get it up any staircase when you move. Just buy a divan base and your mattress and what you save on a boring mass-produced baseboard and headboard you can get a bespoke fabric covered headboard that suits your style perfectly!
4. Large cushions will make any home luxurious.
If you choose the right colour and textured fabrics, cushions are an inexpensive way of transforming any space. Opt for feather cushions (unless you are asthmatic) as they last forever! A great tip for cushions is to grab the opposite corners of the cushion, push them together and voila they are plump again! Layer your bed up with an assortment of cushions for an instant designer finish. A throw draped over the bottom of the bed also works a treat. Again, an investment in your home as you can take them with you.
If you would like more information on transforming your home into the space that you’ve always dreamed of, then get in in touch to book your free home consultation where I can offer hundreds of amazing fabrics to make your dream a reality.
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