How To Decorate Without Losing Your Deposit, According To An Interior Designer

“Color is a powerful tool when it comes to interior design,” reveals Read — and we couldn’t agree more. In an ideal world, landlords would understand that giving their tenants free rein with redecorating their rental makes it feel much more like home, which, in turn, makes them far more likely to stay put. But unfortunately, this just isn’t typically the case.

If you’ve inherited a predominantly white-painted abode and you can’t convince your landlord to let you do a repaint in a color of your choice, then asking whether just a new coat of the same white paint can be applied is the next best thing. “Painting is an inexpensive way to transform a space, not only will it instantly refresh a room but it can also hide imperfections in the walls and skirtings,” adds Read.

And if you get the go-ahead for a refresh of the white walls, Livingetc recommends trying to stay away from the default pure white and instead going for a white shade with cool or warm undertones — these tones are far easier to work with when styling a home.