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Take your rental from dreary to dreamy

Renting can be great, it gives you the freedom to move around and not have to worry about things like fixing a boiler. But rental properties don’t always have the most stylish interiors, with some verging on awful.

Finding a way to improve your space can seem impossible, especially when you don’t have permission to make major changes or hang artwork on the walls. Don’t despair, there are some simple changes that take very little effort and can really help your rental feel more personal. Taking the time to make some of these changes will make your home a much more cosy and happy place to live!


If your place is unfurnished, you obviously have more freedom to create the look you want. Ikea is your friend, but don’t forget about Gumtree and your local charity shops. Most towns and cities have a charity shop that specialises in furniture, like Help for Humanity. The most tattered looking pieces can easily be spruced up with some paint.

Upcycling homeware cabinet furniture

If furniture is already there, you can always buy a few chairs or a side table to personalise. With chalk paints like Annie Sloan, you don’t have to worry about sanding and waxing – just paint it on, even over varnish. Some landlords don’t even mind if you repaint or upholster their existing furniture (with permission of course). It’s a fun way to get creative!


There is nothing like some leafy green plants to bring a bit of life into your home. Arrange succulents on shelves and dressers (we love this ladder idea from Fall for DIY!), while large leafy palms can fill a corner in the living room or hallway. There are some great plant pots in H&M and TK Maxx, or you can have fun painting your own.

Diy herb planter

In the kitchen, don’t forget about herbs. Not only will they add some colour and aroma, but they make your meals taste delicious. These chili plants look fab and will encourage you to make more home cooked meals. If you don’t have much shelf space, you can hang plants in baskets from the ceiling.


Urban Outfitters Rug

Let’s face it, the floors in rentals can be really ugly! An easy way to add colour to a room or detract from a weirdly patterned carpet or wall colour is to scatter some rugs around. Large rugs can be expensive, but you can find some beautiful, small and affordable rugs. Try scattering mismatched rugs through living areas, or a big fluffy sheepskin to bring warmth to cold bedroom floors.


Cosy Skandi 3 Galley Shade Cluster

An easy way to add personality to your rental is to change the light fittings. You can find some gorgeous shades on, Etsy and even Dunelm that could easily pass for designer pieces (we love this bright cluster trio!). From industrial style pendant shades, candy colours and copper wires, you can really add some style. Pick easy-fit lampshades that click into place, no wiring required. And don’t forget about table lamps to add light to dark corners.



One thing that takes your home up a level from student accommodation is artwork. Proper prints in frames look so much more sophisticated than posters stuck to a wall. If your landlord isn’t keen on you making holes in the walls, a picture ledge from Ikea can be used to display your favourite prints. Ikea frames are light and hang easily using these three-pronged picture screws. If you have made some holes in the wall, they can be filled with a tube of polyfilla and painted over before you move out. Society6 has a fantastic range of unique prints from independent artists and Etsy and Oliver Bonas are also a great place to look.

Words: Laura Belton

Homemade is Best

The Cellardoor team ventured to Ikea at the weekend and being surrounded by lots of lovely things really got us inspired. We’ve already planned out our dream office, living room, kitchen…. now we just need to go and claim that Euro Millions win. Pah… us girls can dream.

Speaking of Ikea, we’ve recently come across this cute little baking book from the Swedish dream company. The 140 page coffee-table book presented in a very visually unique and spectacular way, and we instantly fell in love… not to mention the lovely pink cover.

Ikea says “90% of all the photographs taken in baking books look extremly alike. We wanted to try something different and present the recipes in a totally new fashion.The idea of the book became to tone down the actual cake and put the ingredients in focus. The recipes are presented as graphic still-life portraits on a warm and colourful stage. And when you turn the page you see the fantastic result.

The result really is stunning, and we were bowled over buy the simple photographs and clean layout and all the ingredients are styled in a fun way. The book contains 30 classic swedish baking recipes with everything from small biscuits to large cakes. So what are you waiting for.. lets gets cooking.