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Bright ideas

- With Sharon Dale

Renters need not compromise on their home style, even if redecorati­ng walls is out of bounds.

Many interior designers would argue it is good to keep the walls of your room plain anyway. This gives a neutral, flowing wrap-around effect that allows the interest to be in the centre of your room, in standalone pieces and furnishing­s.

Indeed, beautiful furniture, sculptural lighting and statement layers of soft furnishing­s, such as rugs and throws, can make as much impact as any patterned wall.

Here are my top tips for making an impact, in rented spaces:

■ Create zones by building up areas of a room with the movable pieces. For example, a reading zone could be created with an accent chair, angled lamp, side table and statement rug.

■ Lean your artwork. Instead of pinning it to walls, consider creating displays on any surface. A sideboard can look ultra smart with a couple of leaning prints, a lamp, and objects on top and these can be moved and rearranged to keep the display fresh.

■ Colour lovers should go bold with their soft furnishing­s. A rug that captures all the room’s colours can really anchor a rented space.

■ Consider renting furniture. When John Lewis launched its rental service last year, almost all of the initial pieces were snapped up within 48 hours.

■ Wil Law is home design stylist offering free advice at John Lewis, Leeds. Email: wil.law@johnlewis.

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 ?? ?? TENANTS EXTRA: Anyday sideboard, £399, and Dime chair, £329, from John Lewis.
TENANTS EXTRA: Anyday sideboard, £399, and Dime chair, £329, from John Lewis.

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