Interior design ideas to decorating a rental property – accessories

Today we turn out attentions to accessories as these can be a real liver-saver if your rented property has less than desirable décor and soft furnishings. We've already discussed window dressings and flooring and now we look at some simple soft furnishings you can use to bright up the dullest of rooms and help make your rented property feel like home.

Cushions are throws are the main staple. They can be used to safe guard a landlord's furniture from stains as well as giving your rooms a personal touch. They can also be used to add colour to your living room or hide the existing one! Statement cushions are practical as well as colourful – choose a variety of textures to add interest to your sofa and chairs. If the walls are dire a quick and effect way to change them (especially if you're not allowed to re-paint them) is to use cheap curtains.

This look is bang on-trend at the moment so nobody will know that it's the wall you're trying to hide unless you tell them! Lightweight voiles are inexpensive and yet look stunning when made into an entire wall of fabric. This trick can be used in both living areas and bedrooms. As we saw in yesterday's post you can also use cheap rugs as wall art which will provide some sound proofing to paper-thin walls. Include plenty of storage options – free standing are trendy and of course mean that you don't have to drill into any walls and can take them with you when you move.

If you able to put pins and nails into the walls it's a good idea to use this to your advantage and cover grotty wall paper with your favourite prints or photographs. Lighting is another area when you can turn the property into a home – don't use central lighting as this can be very glaring and cold. A selection of table and floor lamps are a great way to add subdued lighting to rooms.

It's worth noting that many landlord's won't allow candles or naked flames due to the health and safety factor, so opt for electric tea-lights if you want to create a relaxing and intimate look. There's lots of interior design ideas online showing the possibilities of turning your rented property into your own living space and as we'll see tomorrow we have a few more ideas up our sleeves this week!

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