Unleash creativity on a lease
IF THE fear of angering your landlord is keeping you from expressing your personal style at home, some lateral thinking can help to solve this dilemma.
TheHome.com.au stylist Emma Blomfield says there are many non-permanent ways of sprucing up your space without breaking the terms of your lease.
This can start with simple changes such as updating the doorknobs.
“Head to your hardware store and purchase some new kitchen cupboard doorknobs,” Blomfield says.
“Keep the old ones just in case you need to swap them back before moving out.”
A gallery wall of framed prints and artworks can be the answer to covering up walls you cannot repaint.
“3M hooks are a renter’s best friend and you can still achieve the full impact of a gallery wall with them, so go nuts,” she says.
If you do not trust adhesive hooks or do not want to spend the money on frames, Blomfield says washi tape is an alternative.
“You can rip it off when you’re sick of it,” she says. Use the same idea on unsightly carpet or scuffed floorboards by covering it up with a stylish rug.
“The largest rug you can afford will do wonders for your flooring and, at the same time, will help to zone and define the living space,” Blomfield says.
Mirrors are also a good way to bring reflective light into dark spaces. Blomfield suggests a floor-length one with a stand, or one that can lean on a wall. See more decor ideas at thehome.com.au
Add layers and lots of colour with a rug, throws and cushions; Bottom: A gallery wall is your answer to dull walls in your rental property.