A RENTAL PROP­ERTY THAT FEELS LIKE HOME

HOW TO MAKE IT YOUR OWN WITH­OUT FORK­ING OUT A LOT OF MONEY

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

“The Aus­tralian Dream or Great Aus­tralian Dream is a be­lief that in Aus­tralia, home-own­er­ship can lead to a bet­ter life and is an ex­pres­sion of suc­cess and se­cu­rity.’’ This was ab­so­lutely true dur­ing the af­ter­math of World War II, but we now have so many dif­fer­ent op­tions and choices avail­able to us. Peo­ple choose to rent and spend their in­come on travel, their fam­ily, save for other things or sim­ply be­cause they don’t want to be tied down or can’t af­ford it. There are ways you can turn a stan­dard rental prop­erty into a beau­ti­ful space that you love and feels like home. It’s all about hav­ing a large im­pact with­out chang­ing any­thing struc­turally, and prod­ucts like art­work and mir­rors are a great start. Gone are the days where hang­ing wall art re­quired ham­mer­ing a nail into the wall. There’s a great range of removable hooks that you can use and re­move when you even­tu­ally leave the prop­erty. Age­ing rental prop­er­ties more of­ten than not have in­te­rior colours that aren’t ideal so large pieces of art are a fab­u­lous so­lu­tion to break up the wall colour and com­ple­ment your styling. Rugs are another sen­si­ble and trendy way not only to add colour, tex­ture and pat­tern to an oth­er­wise lack­ing space, but to cover out­dated floor­ing. To get the most out of your rug by cre­at­ing the big­gest im­pact, go large. In a liv­ing room, for ex­am­ple, en­sure all lounges, cof­fee and side ta­bles sit within the borders of the rug. This gives the il­lu­sion of an en­tirely sep­a­rate floor cov­er­ing, al­most like a car­peted room. Adding large in­te­rior plants into your space is like a dou­ble whammy hit to your out­dated rental prop­erty – it cov­ers par­tial sec­tions of floor­ing and walls. If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous and cre­ative, paint a large pot in a chic colour to com­ple­ment your ex­ist­ing in­te­rior space (re­mem­ber­ing to wa­ter­proof in­side the pot of course). Place it in the cor­ner of a room with a large fid­dle leaf fig, stre­litzia ni­co­lai or a fern as a fea­ture and a fo­cal point of your in­te­rior. Last but not least, if your rental prop­erty is a long-term plan and you’ve got a su­per cool land­lord, per­haps you could of­fer to paint the in­te­rior your­self pro­vid­ing your land­lord pays for the paint. If the cur­rent in­te­rior colours are re­ally old-fash­ioned and you sug­gest and a white, bright and fresh makeover, this would be ap­peal­ing so­lu­tion for most rea­son­able land­lords.

PHOTO: RIKKI LAN­CASTER

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