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How to refresh your rental

Here are some easy tips to save your space from dated decor and magnolia walls.

How to refresh your rental home.

With more and more of us renting our home, many of us are looking for ways to make our mark on our place without… well… making a mark.

What are the watch-outs?

Before we get decorating, make sure you know what could affect your deposit when you move later. Ensure you check your tenancy agreement thoroughly before making any changes – most will not let you paint walls, change wallpaper, replace flooring or put holes in the walls to put up pictures.

Step 1: Covering-up

Found a wonderful place, with décor not to your taste? Try these quick cover-ups to make the space feel like home without making any big changes.

Hide ugly radiators

Take a look
Argos Home Austin Mini Radiator Cover - White.
Argos Home Austin Mini Radiator Cover - White.

Turn heaters into shelving

Many homes have some… less than appealing heating. Adding a radiator cover will give your room a more modern finish and come with the added benefit of extra surfaces for your belongings. Don’t like plain old white? You’re free to paint these, adding colour and personality to a too-neutral room.

Disguise frumpy flooring

Argos Home zig zag pattern rug.

Lay down some rugs

Adding a rug can make a really big difference. Is the space a little drab? This is another great chance to add some vivid colour. If your carpet features a jazzy pattern, try a large neutral cover that’s easier on the eye. Rugs also provide a warm place to rest your feet on cold wooden floors.

Step 2: Make your space feel bigger

Feeling cooped up? Try our favourite room-boosting tips: lean long mirrors against a wall where they'll catch the light and cleverly double your space. Statuesque floor lamps create an optical illusion of height and offer a warm glow in the evenings.

Step 3: Pack with personality

It can be tricky while renting to make the space feel like it’s "yours". Here are some simple ways to add character and make you feel more at home.

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Add plants

Invite some fresh air with real plants in our indoors-friendly planters, or if you’d prefer something maintenance-free, try out faux flowers and cute terrariums.

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Make a statement with furniture

Pick pieces that fit your personality and you’ll want to take with you to your next pad. Accent chairs are a great example – they add style and colour while not taking up too much room.

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Keep it cosy

And now, for the finishing touches. Add a layer of comfort with cushions and throws. You can easily switch up the look season to season - try mixing different textures and patterns.

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