Rental properties can be a bit tough to make your own. You can’t choose the colour of the walls, flooring, tiles, kitchen cabinets etc. But you can do your best to make it a bit different with what you can add. That’s what I have been doing.
Here’s my flat before.
The lounge (taken on my phone, so really poor shots).
And here’s what I have been doing with it. Starting with the lounge. I’ve tried to divide it into a dinning and seating area
The sofa and coffee table are from Made (who I’d love to recommend as the furniture is great and inexpensive but the customer service is dire), the sideboard an Ebay special and rug from Ikea. I like this rug so much I actually have two now, the other is in the house we’ve been renovating.
The pictures are all held up with a product called Command Strips, a kind of velcro for walls which you can peel off later without damaging the plaster (at least I hope so, I have used a considerable number).
I also acquired this useful side table. The top comes off and becomes a tray if you fancy it. I got mine at Jane Newbery in Dulwich.
Then for the dining end. Same room, different angle.
And here’s the bench still waiting for me to finish upholstering it, also covered here in an old post.