We all know that its’ becoming more difficult than ever for young people in the UK to get on to the property ladder and the sad truth is that many of us are stuck with renting for the time being. But while you save up the cash for your first dream home you can still make the most of rented accommodation and put your own stamp on it for very little money. Here are a few little tips and tricks for sprucing up a rented flat for less than £50.
Streamline Your Storage
Now that spring is around the corner it’s a great time to declutter and sort out those drawers and corners that are a treasure trove of things you don’t remember buying and have no use for. For the things that aren’t as easy to get rid of, purchasing some new storage space instantly makes your flat look tidier and can add a pop of colour to your pad. Try IKEA for on-trend, budget storage solutions.
Throws and Blankets
Throws and blankets are great for snuggling under when the weather isn’t so great and they’re also ideal for sprucing up a sofa that might have seen better days. Drape them over sofas and armchairs to instantly refresh your living room and give it a chic feel.
Replace Outdated Lampshades
A lot of rented apartments come complete with lampshades but they’re almost always bland, shabby and in need of a serious update. You can find cheap lampshades from shops such as Wilkos or IKEA and they will give your space a serious pick me up. For a modern touch why not try a patterned paper lampshade – they come in a variety of funky colours and patterns.
Give the Place a Lick of Paint
Be sure to check your landlord about this before you jump into decorating as some may not allow you to run riot with a tin of paint, but giving the walls a fresh lick of paint could be just what you need to give life to a tired apartment. You will have to stick with neutral colours in a rented place but it doesn’t have to be dull magnolia again – a light grey is very on trend and works with a variety of colour schemes. If your landlord won’t allow you to paint try adding colour in other ways through artworks or fabrics.
It’s never been more popular to create your own designs and get crafty with your space so try browsing Pinterest for ideas on DIY projects to give your space a boost. Some ideas we’ve come across range from easy canvas prints and garlands to more difficult projects such as upcycling and building furniture.
Raid Charity Shops
On a similar note, become a regular at your local charity shops and antique stores as they will often have gems in them from furniture to small trinkets for much less than the standard homeware store. You can be sure you’re getting something that nobody else will have too.