Home-decorating tips for the stylish renter
Just because you're renting, doesn't mean your home can't look like your Pinterest board.
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Decorating your home as a renter comes with its challenges. You can't really nail your art on the wall and installing floating shelves can be a big no-no. Even with the new changes to rental legislation allowing renters to make small alterations, it still means you'll have to patch up any holes and repaint when you leave.
But there are still plenty of small ways you can make your home beautiful without putting screws and nails in the wall. We recently got the chance to chat with ever-so-stylish Genevieve Rosen-Biller, founder of Bed Threads. As the owner of a trend-savvy business and curator of the dreamy Bed Threads Instagram, she's a bit of an expert when it comes to styling a beautiful home. And luckily for us, she's shared her best decorating tips – especially for when you're renting. Scroll through to read her advice on how to curate a well-styled home.
1. Place your art on a shelf or the floor
Renting means you generally can't mess with the walls to create hooks for artwork. Instead, position your favourite pieces on mantels, cabinets and bookshelves and even leaning against walls for a relaxed look. Just because you can't hang art, doesn't mean you can't have it at all.
Image source: Instagram
2. Choose statement-making bedding
Create a sleep sanctuary by choosing pure linen bedding. Its natural texture makes any bedroom look effortlessly chic and its breathability, moisture-wicking properties and durability make it a sleep-friendly, wallet-friendly option. Don't be afraid of being quite experimental with your colours – if you can't do much by way of design to your bedroom, make the bed the focus and the statement, as you would with pieces of art or feature walls otherwise.
3. Swap expensive flowers for a plant
If a weekly bouquet of flowers is budget-busting, invest in low-maintenance plants to add warmth and character to your space.
4. Don't underestimate the power of a lamp
Lamps can offer the double whammy of creating mood lighting and being a statement piece in any room. There are a range of budget-friendly options available on the market, and a great starting point for statements like these are antique stores. You'll find pre-loved one-offs that are high-quality and timeless.
5. Reimagine the pieces you already own
Instead of spending the equivalent of your bond to buy new furniture for your space, upholster your old pieces, such as chairs and couches instead.
6. Choose removable wallpaper
Stay in your landlord's good books by adding removable wallpaper to drab walls in your space. It's a non-permanent way to experiment with rich patterns and hues, and according to Pinterest, is one of the top trends in interiors for 2019.
Image source: Instagram
7. Less is more
Sometimes decorating can be as much about subtracting as it is adding to your home. View your space objectively and send a box of those household items that don't add anything special off to your local op shop.
8. Think about texture
If in doubt, simply add texture to bring a new dimension to your place. A tasselled cushion or a waffle fabric throw will enliven and invigorate a living room in seconds.
9. Adding a scent matters
Create instant ambience by burning a beautiful, hand-poured candle in a mood-boosting scent. It's the easiest way to completely transform the feel of a room with minimal investment or effort.
10. Paint it perfect
If you're someone who likes being crafty, consider taking a DIY approach to decorating. Paint furniture (like that old chest of drawers you've brought to every rental you've lived in) or purchase a canvas and channel your inner Jackson Pollock.
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