Laurence Llewelyn Bowen is one of the most recognisable names in the UK when it comes to interior design. With that in mind, we got him to write up some quick tips on how to turn your rented house, into a cosy home. Read on to find out what he had to say...
1. Ask the question about ground rules – Most renters think that their landlords have strict rules about decorating, and while some do have an all-out ban, others will be more open to it – especially if you offer to return the space to how you found it when you move out. It’s better to ask the question about ground rules than assume either way.
2. Ways to wallpaper – Strippable wallpaper is designed to stick on the wall and peel off easily, in one strip and without leaving marks, making it a brilliant option for renters. Try the Superfresco Easy range for a choice of stylish and easy-to-hang prints. If your landlord is against the idea entirely, bring the same pops of pattern and colour with wallpapered plywood panels. You can lean these against walls or use no-hole picture hanging strips for a similar effect.
3. Rugs galore – Carpets and flooring in rented properties usually leaves a lot to be desired. Invest in large rugs to hide ugly floors and stains, as these will add character and can be taken with you when you move. Not only this, but the rugs will protect the carpets (and your deposit) during your own tenancy. When choosing a rug, think about your furniture – if you have a round dining table, try a larger circular rug to sit underneath.
4. Statement cupboards – As a renter, you don’t have a say on the choice of fixtures and fittings. But, to put your stamp on the property, you can give your wardrobe, chest of drawers and kitchen cupboards temporary, statement handles. It’s a little change which will make a big difference to the room’s appearance. These can be bought new from most home stores, or you can pick up vintage finds from antiques shops.
5. Get reflective – Mirrors are an absolute must in rented properties as they will bring light to a room and make the space appear larger than it is. Full length mirrors are fantastic at the end of corridors and a selection of smaller mirrors look great when hung together on a wall.
International Wallpaper Week, running from 1st - 7th October 2018, is the annual celebration of the wallpaper industry. For more information and interiors advice, visit www.wallpaperweek.com.