One of the things about moving into a rental property is the fact it can often feel quite impersonal. In London, many of the flatshare properties are already furnished and decorated, giving you no chance to express your individual style. Often there are clauses in the rental contract about not making holes in walls, not painting, etc. But it doesn’t have to be that way – even in a shared house, you can find ways to make it feel more homely.

  1. Smaller soft furnishings are great for taking from house to house. Cushions, rugs, lampshades and even window blinds can easily be moved to different houses to give it a sense of your own style. They can add colour and can be swapped out for a new look if you get bored.
  2. House plants are a great way to add colour to your home and are perfect if you live in an apartment. Not only are they versatile, but they clean the air and reduce levels of pollution. If you’re living in busy London, that might be just what you need.
  3. Your own bedding can really make a difference to your room – especially if that is the only personal space you have in your home. 2 or 3 sets of bright, fun bedding that can be rotated while being washed, is perfect for brightening up the room.
  4. Fairy lights and lamps are a great way to add ambience – especially if you are not allowed to use candles in your property. Fairy lights are not just for Christmas and are a low-cost way to add lighting to a room that might be served by downlighters or bare central light fixtures. Small table lamps are also ideal for those romantic moments.
  5. Wall transfers are brilliant for rental properties. These wall stickers can be applied to painted walls and easily removed without causing damage. Sometimes they are designs or words or you can even get pictures like maps. Don’t forget that pictures can be hung with removable hooks too.

House sharing in London is great and ideal for anyone new to the city. Making your house feel like a home is one of the best ways to enjoy your new adventure and there are so many cheap and fun ways to do it.