Designing lifestyle made simple


Updated: Sep 25, 2018

As property prices increase in the UK, so is the number of people renting. Renting doesn’t always mean you are throwing away money in the same way that buying a home isn’t always the right decision at certain times in your life. There are a number of reasons why people choose to rent, so if you are currently renting, here are some helpful ways of creating home.

Paint Your Walls

A fresh coat of paint will make the biggest impact to the house. Many tenants think you can’t, but it’salways worth asking your landlord as some are happy for you to pull out your brush. Neutrals colours is often the best way to keep landlords happy, and will provide a fresh and flexible backdrop for your interior design.

Hide The Ugly Floor

This happens to be the most common issues with rental properties. However just because you cannot change the carpets or floorboard doesn’t mean you have to live with it, just invest in rugs. A rug will not only add dimension but also calm the room which will settle the mind. It is also an affordable way to add colour and excitement to any room in the house. A large neutral rug will help cover large areas without clashing with the existing flooring.

Think Lighting

It is a shame that lighting is neglected in rental properties but is an essential we should make top priority anywhere. Lighting will affect how big a space feels, the activity that takes place there and our mental wellbeing. There are different functions of lighting worth exploring, so It is important to have the right types and quantity. You also can invest in small but stunning signature lamps with interesting shades to add personality to your home design.

Invest In Key Pieces

Whether it is a long or short rental, your money is best spent on things that you can take with you to your next home. The key pieces can include, furniture, art and accessories. A tip to avoid marks and holes in your walls is to lean paintings against the walls, it will make the room feel more relaxed, especially when working with larger pieces.

Print Your Photo/Art

I don’t know about you but I have over 3000 photos on my phone collected over the years, so I think this is a good starting point for anyone. Printing your own art or photos is an inexpensive way to style and an add a personal touch to your home. You will also have the flexibility to update them as you like.

Dress Your Windows

Store away the original window dressings and replace them with curtains or shades in the fabric of your choice; this is worth the investment because you can to take these with you when you move. An option is to use a light bamboo shade for an easy and inexpensive way to add some warmth.

Play With Soft Furnishing

Finishing touches, like bed linen and cushions will really make a difference, it is important to select complimentary and high quality furnishing. Cushions are one of the simplest ways to add some bold colour or textures to your home. There are also a range of options for mixing and matching bed linen to keep your bedroom looking fresh.

Add Modular Storage

Modular storage will add flexibility to how you organise items and also help enhance your living space. You can avoid clutter by storing your belongings with clever and stylish internal storage and shelving from homeware store.

Introduce Mirrors

Mirrors will not only serve a practical purpose but can add creative touches when thoughtfully chosen and well-positioned. It allow you to make a statement, amplify light and enlarge the space. I just love the versatility of mirrors.

The OJA Home Interiors provides affordable interior design services in Erith, Belvedere, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Greenwich and surrounding areas in London.


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