We all love to make a house a home. But for most Millennials, it’s a case of making a rented flat semi-habitable.
Especially for those of us living in London, where high rents can suck up any money we’d have for putting our own stamp on a pad.
But don’t fear, we have some superbly simple tricks for making your flat a cut above the rest by incorporating some of this year’s biggest interior trends, alongside simple additions you can include to make any space feel more like home.
And don’t worry – none of these should annoy your landlord…
Nautical but nice
Summer is the perfect time to freshen up your pad – so why not celebrate this wonderful season by bringing the seaside to you?
One of the biggest interior trends this year is nautical; think ocean-like blues, sailor stripes (in your cushions and bedding), rope-like materials (in stylish baskets and plant pots) or you could really push the boat out (pun intended) and add decorative shells to your coffee table?
Scent from heaven
One of the easiest ways to make your home inviting is to ensure it smells wonderful.
And seeing as it’s summer, why not feel like you’re on an exotic getaway every time you walk through the front door by adding Air Wick’s Beach Escapes range to your home. You’ll be whisked away to either Malibu, Mykonos or Bali thanks to these new invigorating fragrances, and what’s more, Air Wick Freshmatic Kits work automatically, sending continuous fragrant bursts for up to 60 days, so you needn’t even move a muscle.
Add key colours
Minimalism is a thing of the past, people – this year is all about colour.
Trend-wise, we are going back to the Nineties and adding exotic warmth to our walls thanks to terracotta being one of the hottest colours of 2019.
Other stylish shades is deep, rich forest green and teal – which goes perfectly with bold art and lighter-coloured, Scandi-style furniture.
If you aren’t allowed to paint your walls, simply invest in soft furnishings that incorporate these colours, including throws, rugs, table cloths and cushions.
Layer, layer, layer – that’s what the trend-setters are telling us to do.
This is one of the easiest ways to dress up any plain furniture in your rented flat and a simple trick to making a space your own.
So, get scattering cushions and draping throws. You could go for a spot of indulgence with a sheepskin rug strewn over the back of an armchair or add brightly-coloured towels to a boring bathroom.
Colour contrasting is also a fun way to add some personality; don’t be afraid to combine different styles, shades and eras to create an eclectic space.
Plants, plants, plants
Nothing adds life to a room like some flora. Not only does it make the air naturally cleaner, but pot plants add texture, colour and vibrancy to your space.
Start by filling your windowsills with a range of botanics; cheese and rubber plants look great and are very hard to kill, so are fantastic for those of us who are green round the gills when it comes to inside gardening.
The bathroom is also a great place to have plants; spider , bamboo and orchid varieties especially love it hot and steamy.
Photos, artwork and quirky wall hangings make any space your own.
And one of the biggest trends at the moment is to cover whole walls in frames, prints and posters.
It doesn’t need to be expensive, either; buy frames from charity stores then add your own images in them. Birthday cards, love letters, your favourite fabrics all look great framed on the wall and ensure your life is all around you.
Life’s a beach! Air Wick’s scents that bring the seaside into your home:
Now you’ve freshened up your flat, freshen up your atmosphere with Air Wick’s invigorating new range.
Well, Air Wick have launched a new summer range which are all inspired by getting away to the seaside. The Beach Escapes range will instantly bring a burst of fresh, coastal air into any area of your house – and freshen up your spirit in the process. Here, are the three new amazing fragrances for you to choose from…
Mykonos White Sand
Dip your toes in the sparkling waters along the white sandy beaches of Mykonos, while enjoying the fresh salty sea air, and the delightful scent of fragrant pink ﬂowers.
Bali Blue Waters
Escape to a pastel beach paradise with perfect pink sunsets. Take in the aroma of fresh coconut, exotic fruits and tropical blooms, and immerse your senses in the tranquillity of Bali Blue Waters.
Malibu Beach & Hibiscus
Feel the cool ocean breeze and the warmth of the sun caressing your skin as you escape to your Malibu beach hideaway, feeling a beautiful blend of sweet cream and pretty petals.
These 250ml refills are for a Air Wick Freshmatic Max kit. It releases bursts of fragrance to constantly freshen your home and neutralise odours for up to 60 days.
It couldn’t be easier to bring a beach escape to your home – click HERE to buy your Freshmatic Max kit today…