It can be really frustrating to be living in rented accommodation and not be able to change the paintwork. If you are restricted by your lease as to whether you can repaint or not you may think that you are stuck with your décor the way it is; this isn’t true.
Painting isn’t the only way you can update your living space, and get a welcome change of scenery; you just need to be a little creative. We are going to take a look at a few ideas you might want to consider if painting your home isn’t an option.
Give Your Furniture A Splash Of Colour
If you can’t paint the walls of your home you may want to consider painting the furniture; if it belongs to you of course. You’d be amazed at how much difference a splash of colour on your wooden chairs and tables can make. You could also take a trip to your local car boot sale, or house clearance firms to see if you can pick up a couple of bargain items of furniture that can change up your colour scheme.
Decorate Your Walls Without Paint
You don’t need paint and a brush to give your walls a whole new lease of life. Photographs make great wall decorations and you can change them around as often as you like. Hang photographs using products like Command hanging strips and you won’t leave any marks on the wall, that are visible when you remove the photographs. Don’t forget to hang photographs so that the bottom is at your eye level. If you want to create a pattern that spreads higher and lower on the wall, that’s no problem; just make sure that the centre of the pattern is at eye level.
Another option to add a splash of colour to your walls is the addition of wall curtains. Of course you need to make sure that you have a means of hanging them that doesn’t leave any marks or holes, but if you can do this you can change the whole appearance of a room without a paint brush in sight.
Swap The Little Things
You don’t have to think big to change the feel of your home; it’s easy to update little things, and can often be done relatively cheaply. You can change the knobs on doors or cabinets, or invest in some new funky light shades. Your landlord should not have a problem with this, as long as you don’t cause any damage in the process, and you put all of the original items back in place before you leave the tenancy.
Try A Little Greenery
As long as you don’t mind giving them a little attention, plants are a great idea for making décor changes to a room. You have the added advantage of being able to move them around your home as you see fit. If you want easy to manage greenery then a spider plant or a cast iron plant is an excellent purchase. They require a limited amount of attention, and are difficult to kill. Cacti are also relatively easy to have in your home, and you could always adopt a cactus theme throughout, with different colours, shapes and sizes.
You can see how easy it is to change the décor of your rented home without using paint. If you opt to have plants in your home you could also be creating a healthier atmosphere; they release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis, and they also help to remove toxins from the air. Not only can you have a brighter home but one that’s better for your health too.