Rhiannon Gillis lives across the pond, in Los Angles. She has worked as an interior designer for more than 10 years on a range of projects. Rhiannon believes in reflecting your personality, having fun and pushing your self creatively with your design projects. We’ve asked her to share her expert knowledge on decorating for renters.
Life as a renter
I’m happy to be writing my first post for Space Property. I currently write for rhiannonsinteriors.com and enjoy writing about renting versus owning. I think it’s important to remember that just because we rent our homes, we should still be able to enjoy it to its full potential. I hope to share this important lesson with many of you.
Living as a renter can be trickier than people realise. We are often scared to make changes to our space because they have to be changed back once we move out but this shouldn’t stop us from doing so. There are so many inexpensive ways to improve your place, and all are far from permanent. Plus, a lot can be taken with you if you do ever leave.
First, flea markets and garage sales are a great way to go. I am a fanatic for second-hand shopping. There is no greater way to buy some inexpensive elements that have a great deal of character. So always do this first.
Art and Accessories
This is where the garage sales and flea markets are a great way to go. Sometimes it might take some creativity, but you can find a diamond in the rough that could make a very unique and classic piece of art. Look for some great vases to put flowers in, or some decorative elements that you can place on your mantle or side table. These are the items that will separate your place from another, and really make it your own. Plus, you can take everything with you when you move.
You will hear me say it over and over again. Painting is the cheapest way to get a dramatic change in any room. It can be time-consuming, but one day of work can bring you years of gratification.
Temporary Wall Covering
I know, I know. This scares many people. However there are more and more inexpensive wall coverings that look very expensive. Plus it really does just peel off when you move. You don’t have to worry about painting everything back when you leave. You could also consider using sticky-back contact paper, or any fabric of your choosing to achieve the same effect.
Whether you have small windows or large windows, you can use drapes in the boldest of colours or patterns which can help when painting isn’t an option. They should be hung above and past the window frame in order to appear larger.
If you want something fun and temporary then a rug is certainly a great way to go. In nearly any room, a rug can help define a space and is yet another way to bring out your personality. Find a carpet outlet and stick with anything made by a machine, it’s much cheaper.
We hope this blog helped you out, if it did or you have some ideas to share tweet us @Spaceprops. For more tips and tricks to make your home unique to you, visit Rhiannon’s blog at: http://www.rhiannonsinteriors.com