Anna Jay | Creative Editor | Sunday, 3 May 2015

How To Decorate Your Rented Flat To Make It Less Shit

10 Ways To Decorate Your Rented Flat To Make It Less Shit

The Debrief: Bored sick of magnolia walls and shitty furniture? Here's 10 practical ways you can actually make your rented flat look cooler.

Use Tape Instead Of Nails

Use Tape Instead Of Nails

Not allowed to bang nails into the walls because your landlord's a dick? Sell, spend a grand total of £4.99 to achieve the above effect.
Source: Bodie and Fou

Paint A Small Wall

Paint A Small Wall

Neon is having a moment right now. Paint a small wall shocking pink for an instant Pinterest-worthy vibe. Easy to slap the magnolia back on when you leave.
Source: Decor8

Plants Are Everything

Plants Are Everything

Inside of your house looking a bit dead? Bring some life (and oxygen) in with some easy-to-keep-alive plants. IKEA have an awesome selection that are super cheap. 
Source: Julia via Flickr

Make A Side Table From Old Magazines

Make A Side Table From Old Magazines

Loads of old mags you can't bear to part with? Find some reclaimed wood on Gumtree and sit it on top. Probably free, definitely cool (might need cleaning). 

Get A Picture Ledge = One Thing To Hang, A Lot Of Things To Put Up

Get A Picture Ledge = One Thing To Hang, A Lot Of Things To Put Up

One of the most genius inventions EVER: the IKEA picture ledge. So cheap and looks so so good. Plus being able to put up 8 pictures whilst only hanging one thing? Winner. 
Source: My Attic

Pick A Few Things For Your Surfaces And Keep It Tidy

Pick A Few Things For Your Surfaces And Keep It Tidy

Try and keep your surfaces tidy and just display a few favourite things. A pretty tray will help conatin those 863746 hair pins you keep finding, and the odd ketchup sachet. 
Source: Weekday Carnival

Find Places To Put All Your Shit And Make It Pretty

Find Places To Put All Your Shit And Make It Pretty

If you've got an overflow of 'favourite things', get a wee shelf. These ones from Urban Outfitters are winners.
Source: Sara Landstedt

Paint Small Parts Of Your Crappy Furniture

Paint Small Parts Of Your Crappy Furniture

Crap bit of furniture you've lugged from flat to flat? Try Pinterest's latest trend: 'half painting'. A tester pot will do the job, and only costs £1.59.
Source: Meyer Lavigne

If You Can't Hang, Lean.

If You Can't Hang, Lean.

If your landlord's really strict, leaning your pictures on the floor gives a NY loft feel to your Clapton studio. These frames from Habitat are ace, and cheap, and massive. 
Source: A Merry Mishap

If All Else Fails, Bunting. 

If All Else Fails, Bunting.

That set of bunting your friend made you and you LOVED... It's definitely still where you opened it right? Don't be such a shit freind and hang it up right this second, even if it's just with some tape (see above). If your friends aren't as awesome as mine, Etsy is plagued with bunting
Source: Really Super via Flickr

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Tags: Home Sweet Home, Housing Woes