Following her recent move to a seaside rental flat, Jo shares her tips for decorating without putting holes in the wall – useful for Home Staging, student rooms and rental homes.
Choose colourful soft furnishings
Curtains, blinds & soft furnishings are your opportunity to personalise your space. Go bolder with these than you otherwise would do, to counteract the white walls!
Don’t forget the floor: it’s often the first thing we look at when we walk into a room. If you don’t like the floor in your new place, get a rug!
While you won’t want to spend days painting everything white again, it won’t take long to cover up a couple of walls. Pick 2-3 spots where colour will really make a difference, and paint them as soon as you move in (with the owners permission!).
There has been lots of improvement in temporary decorating tools in recent years. I’m particularly excited by this large-format washi tape, especially designed for home décor.
Buy clever storage
Shelves are the big furniture challenge: Wall shelves definitely require holes in the wall, and most book cases should be secured to the wall too. A good freestanding shelf set is a worthwhile investment – and there is an increasingly good range of leaning furniture from high street shops, including leaning desks/ dressing tables.
Prop up a picture
Temporary sticky hooks are great for small & light pictures – but I prefer something more secure for bigger items. If you have enough space, big pictures can look great on the floor leaning on the wall. Shelves, desks and bookcases all add useful ledges to get more of your art on display.
Go wild with plants
Instantly personal, ultimately transportable, we love houseplants. Put them everywhere!