How to change your decor without upsetting your landlord

Even in a rental, you want to make your house a home. However, you can’t make any major or permanent changes without your landlord’s permission – which they may not grant. Luckily, there are a few ways to temporarily put your stamp on a property instead.

1) Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

Draw attention away from unattractive walls or furnishings by adding bright and cheerful accessories. Try a statement rug, bold cushions, plants or flowers. A few attractive lamps both look good and improve lighting, making a space brighter or more cosy, depending on the type of light you choose. No one will ever notice the old stuff in the corner.

2) Temporary stick-ons

You can get temporary everything these days. Make a table surface more colourful, or give some tired shelves a new lease of life. There’s even temporary wallpaper that you can pull down when you leave without ruining whatever’s underneath.

These types of changes are really easy to return to their original state when you move out, unless your landlord loves your updates!

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