So to coincide with International Wallpaper Week, which starts on Monday, retailers such as B&Q and Homebase are offering in-store events and advice on how to use wallpaper to easily transform a living space.
» Top New Releases in Books
Loading the page...
The problem of decorating rented property has also been tackled by wallpaper and wall art company Graham & Brown, which makes the strippable wallpaper Superfresco Easy.
In a survey it discovered that 85 per cent of renters in the UK would wallpaper their homes given the opportunity and that 38 per cent had been put off renting a property because of its décor.
Backing the campaign to use more wallpaper at home is interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who also has some “rent-spiration” tips.
“If your landlord is against the idea of decorating, bring the same pops of pattern and colour to a room with wallpapered plywood panels. You can lean these against walls or use no-hole picture hanging strips for a similar effect.”
Mirrors will lighten a room and give the appearance of space and he adds: “Fulllength mirrors are fantastic at the end of corridors and a selection of smaller mirrors look great when hung together on a wall.”
You can also switch cupboard handles and lampshades, as long as you return the originals when you leave and Laurence suggests using large rugs to cover floors, adding wisely: “Rugs will protect the carpets – and your deposit – during your own tenancy.”
There’s more decorating advice for renters from upcycler Max McMurdo, who has shared some tips that won’t upset the landlord for this week’s National Recycling Week.
“It’s often the little things that make a huge difference to the look and feel of a space so adding small creative touches or looking at old treasures in a new light is a great place to start if you’re thinking of freshening up a home,” says McMurdo.
According to a survey by online loan firm Sunny, renters who decorate their homes – with or without permission – spend an average of £880.
But McMurdo, who found fame pitching his eco-friendly furniture design business Reestore on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, suggests spending the money on things you can take away when you leave, such as colourful cushions and curtains.
“Having a landlord who doesn’t allow you to paint your property doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your rooms with colour,” he says.
“If you’re feeling adventurous, visit your local haberdashery store for cheaper cuts of fabric which can be used for cushion covers, curtains or even re-upholstering older pieces of furniture.”
Most landlords won’t allow tenants to knock nails into walls to hang pictures so he suggests using adhesive picture strips and adds: “Create your own photo frames by using old scrap pieces of wood or pallets. You can buy cheap blank canvases and paint at many shops – or frame the things that are important to you to create a gallery wall that doesn’t leave a mark.”
Putting up shelves is also a big no-no, so he suggests leaning an old wooden ladder against a wall: “It’s a great way to gain height and create useful shelving.”
As for kitchens, he says: “If you’re after some fresh flooring, consider some lino sheets which can be placed over tiles.”