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Home design tips from the experts

Does your newly rented home reflect your style? Renting a home can sometimes come with a few design limitations; don’t let that influence how you feel about the home. Your home should be a place that makes you happy and proud, living in a space that is lacking personality isn’t going to make you feel the opposite. The good news is, you can make your design mark on your new rental without breaking the budget and keeping your landlord happy!

Using unconventional items and giving them a new purpose is a cost-effective way to add some style to your home. Time to reassess what you own, there’s nothing more gratifying than taking something old and giving it new purpose and falling in love with it all over again. It’s easier than you think. Here are a five simple tips to give life to your old pieces…let’s get thrifty!

  1. Picture Frames – paint old frames the same tone using spray or paint and bring life to a boring wall.
  2. The bold & beautiful – take an old ceramic piece and give it a new colour and purpose.
  3. Bring old side tables back to life with a mini make over.
  4. Kitchens can sometimes lack storage or should have an island where one isn’t. Make use of that space by taking an old dresser and a fresh coat of paint and voila you’ve added style and function.
  5. Kids love to display their masterpieces and some times their artwork goes up on the walls with or with out your permission. Show them your creative side by hanging brightly coloured frames.

Living in a rental property will definitely have a certain amount of interior imperfection. Many landlords will not let you knock down walls or reface kitchen cabinets or even paint. While renovations are out of your reach, there is no shortage of temporary interior design solutions to make your space feel like home and emulate your style. Here are a few tips that you could do over the weekend while staying under budget.

  1. Removable wallpaper. Use this in any bathroom, entry or focal wall in the space. Note: A little goes a long way, so refrain from going overboard as it can overwhelm the eye and create a feeling of discomfort.
  2. Adhesive hooks & velcro strips. Putting holes in the walls for art or hanging curtain rod can be a pain when moving out of a rental, but easy enough to fix. You can save yourself the hassle and use adhesive strips and hooks, the possibilities are endless.
  3. Roman Shades – avoid putting holes and hanging window fixtures by using tension rods and a homemade roman shade. This is a great way to add visual texture, warmth or color to a space.
  4. Peel & stick back splash. This simple and easy solution can bring color and life to any kitchen. Plus they are removable and reusable.
  5.  Let there be light! Swapping out a dining room fixture can change the look of a room without breaking the bank. Just remember to swap them back if you move out.
  6. Layering items creates dimension, without making it look cluttered. Take some household decor like candles,vases, pictures and books and use to fill any empty spaces. Anything goes, an old vinyl record, a framed love letter, old an post card and family photos!
  7. Area rugs. Let’s face it, rentals that have existing carpet aren’t always updated. Make use of colourful area rugs. They help define a space while creating dimension and contrast, maybe even cover permanent stains from a previous tenant.

There are endless ways to make over a rental and forget the blah elements that comes with it!