I’m always on the look out for simple ways renters can add personality to their property in my ‘tips‘ series – now renamed ‘Tips & Tricks‘! Working within a landlord’s contract restrictions is annoying, especially when rental properties often begin as bland, neutral spaces. With Spring around the corner, interior trends are becoming all about colour. Pretty pastel shades, bold tones paired with white, and bright floral prints are all coming into style. Here are 6 simple ways to incorporate Spring colours into your interior, especially suitable for renters!
Mix and match Spring print cushions
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There are so many different floral fabrics on offer at the moment it’s hard to choose just one as a favourite. Throw the uniform look out of the window and mix and match different floral print cushions to bring a bit of Spring into your living room. The ‘Louise Body Foxglove’ cushion is my favourite from John Lewis, I actually have a swatch of this fabric at home I’m planning on crafting with soon!
Warm tones and modern pattern
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Habitat mixes warm reds and oranges with vibrant blues and pinks in their SS14 range. If your interior is less floral and more modern, this selection of simple patterns will be a treat! These Durrie patterned fabric stools from Habitat would be a great addition to your room, while the red colour will last into the autumn and winter months too.
Get inventive with frames
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Photo frames are a must have item for every renter! They are an item that can be completely personalised and can be used in a variety of ways, from display on a shelf to being hung on a wall. These versatile items also come in so many different styles. This Spring, go bold with your frame colour choice. These Nyttja frames from Ikea are a cheap way to experiment with colour. Try framing items other than photos – fabric scraps, embroidery or typography can create an interesting visual.
Dress your table with florals
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Spring is all about floral patterns, and where better to mix fresh flowers with patterned decor than in the dining area? Set the table with a center piece like this idea from Nordic House. Fill a jug with colourful flowers for a simple center piece with some country charm. This floral print linen table cloth brings muted colour and pattern into the room, while the fresh white is instantly brightening.
Create a feature wall
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If you own your home or have free reign of your rental, then creating a feature wall is as easy as a few coats of paint or choosing the right wallpaper. If you’re renting and aren’t allowed any ‘permanent’ changes, then you may have to get a bit more inventive. This stylish loft from the Heal’s SS14 lookbook is stunning, but I was struck most by the standalone feature wall. You could recreate this at home by painting a super-large canvas and placing it against a wall. Alternatively, create a faux-wall from plywood and go to town with paint, wallpaper, or whatever creations you desire. Just make sure it’s stable before placing anything precious in front of it! (Ps, I love the pink rug, it’s Designer’s Guild, available from Heals, and perfect for Spring!)
How will you add colour to your home this Spring? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!