Un­leash cre­ativ­ity on a lease

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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.

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