How to refresh your rental
10 ways to make a mark on your place without... well... making a mark.
Before you start...
First, check your tenancy agreement for anything that could affect your deposit. Painting walls, replacing flooring or putting new holes in the walls are usually out of the question, but there will be lots of things you can change. Just make sure you keep the originals stored somewhere so you can swap it back if you move.
1. Opt for statement lighting
Got the same standard lampshade in every room? Switch out to something that will add a bit of personality to the space. Don't stress if you can't change overhead lighting - luxe floor and table lamps also lift a space.
4. Short on space? Choose multifunctional pieces
Think savvy sofa-beds and clutter-concealing coffee tables; anything that can be rejigged to help make the most of every precious square foot. And don't assume you'll have to compromise on style - seek fashionable pieces that have a functional alter ego.
7. Trick the eye with mirrors
These make a space seem more spacious and brighter too, especially when paired with lots of lighting. If you're struggling for hanging space, choose standing styles or large mirrors that can rest against a wall.
10. Dress your windows
Dingy curtains or out of shape blinds won't be doing your décor any favours, but it's easy to fix. Be smart with what you choose for each room - cover draughty windows with thermal curtains, opt for blackouts in the bedroom and airy drapes in rooms that need brightening.