I've been renting homes since the age of eighteen when I first moved out from under my parents roof and blue-tacked Pulp Fiction posters and fairy lights to the underside of my university bunk bed. After this I lived in a house literally covered in fairy lights and the psychedelic art of my housemates and I. Since then my taste has improved, as has my respect for leaving my landlords walls as white as they were when I arrived and handed over my damage deposit. Here are my top five tips for warming up and personalising your rental with a gallery wall or sprigs of greenery, because staring at dried paint is boring!
1. Hanging beams/ledges:
If you'e lucky enough to have a hanging beam in your bedroom or throughout your whole apartment personalising your space becomes a whole lot simpler. Hanging beams are one of the easiest ways to hang lamps, plants, floating shelves and whatever frames you desire. All you need are some metal hooks that can sit over the beam, and picture wire to attach to your frames. The great thing about these beams is that they're sturdy, effortless and leave no marks.
2. The right adhesive hooks:
These days adhesive hooks have come a long way. Good brands can hold a couple of hundred grams and the glue used for the backing typically doesn't damage paint. Use these to hang small frames in areas unencumbered by little hands, or paws, to avoid accidents.
4. Floating shelves:
If your landlord is absolutely no-go regarding holes in the walls, never fear! Bookshelf styling is an art itself these days. The trick is to go layer-by-layer and make sure to include depth and variety regarding the knick-knacks, plants and pictures you have on display. Personally I prefer open, industrial-style bookshelves for this task.