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Decorating a rental home: Inexpensive ways to ‘make it yours’

You don't need to break the bank (or lose your deposit) with these top tips

Recent figures suggest that up to a third of millennials may never be able to afford their own home. And the ‘problem’ is not restricted to youngsters … as I can attest.

With more people renting and fewer buying, this poses the question of how we can make our houses, homes – without breaking the rules set by the landlord. The big fear (I’m speaking for myself here) is that the embellishments you make might result in a large chunk of your deposit being withheld when you leave the accommodation for pastures new.

If you look at it from the landlord’s perspective, you can understand that they wish to cover themselves should you decide that a combination of purple and pink is the combination of the year.

But there are things you can do to personalise your space without worrying about your deposit. Here are a few examples from Lisa Evans at MyJobQuote.co.uk who is eager to provide her top tips on how to decorate your rental space – the way you want!

There are various ways to update your rental home without breaking the bank. The following will help you transform the property on a budget.

Investing in temporary décor

If your landlord is particularly strict about making any changes to your walls or worktops, then why not try temporary decor? This includes temporary wallpaper which is very easy to put up and remove. You can hang it anywhere you wish; on a feature wall in the living room or even at the back of a bookcase to brighten up the decor.

Consider adding blinds that are neutral in colour. Your landlord might be pleased if you decide to leave them. Picture: PlusONE/Shutterstock

Update your windows

If your windows are naked or you have drab window dressings, then you may want to consider updating them. The best and cheapest way to do this is by installing blinds which you can do yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. There are a wide range of designs to choose from, although roman and roller blinds tend to offer an array of choices and are also very easy to put up and remove.

Add greenery

One of the simplest and cheapest ways to update the decor in your rental home is by adding greenery in different rooms. This will brighten up space and, if you’re using real plants, then this will have health benefits too. Some of the best low-maintenance plants include spider, aloe and ivy which will also inject an indoor-outdoor feel.

David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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