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Ask Dr Dulux: How do I make my let feel like home?

A tin of paint – amongst other tricks – can make a rented property feel truly personal. Welcome home...



 

Make a fresh start
 

  1. Query It: Speak to your landlord about painting the space. Different properties have different regulations, from allowing you to paint everything to nothing at all, so it’s worth checking up-front. Knowing the rules will spare you any awkward chats down the line, or money coming off your deposit when you move out in the future.
  2. Fix It: Repairs should be attended to by landlords between occupancy, but if they haven’t been, fix them speedily with Polycell Polyfilla. The formula smooths over and fills in any unsightly holes and cracks in a matter of minutes, ridding surfaces of imperfections for a flush, seamless finish… a blank canvas for creativity. 
  3. Paint It: Tenancy agreement permitting, a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference to a rental. Choose a neutral from the Dulux Easycare Washable & Tough range to open up spaces and make walls look brand new. Light, bright colours make it easy for landlords to paint over surfaces afterwards, too, meaning it’s a win-win.

 

Dial up details
 

Ace Accents

Remember, it’s not only the four walls that can be transformed with a lick of paint. Feature walls, skirting boards, cornices, alcoves, doorways and window frames all look great with a splash of colour, and require significantly less effort, time and money to achieve than doing the whole thing. Also, bear in mind that even if you’re not allowed to paint large surfaces, accents and details might be acceptable, so it’s always worth double checking with the landlord. 

 

Fancy Furniture

Not only is upcycling a sustainable way to style up furniture, but the results look fabulous, too. Simply think of it as non-permanent décor. Use existing pieces in your collection or snap up pre-loved items from websites like Gumtree without spending a fortune. Our Micro Makeovers reveal cheap and easy ways of using colour to transform all kinds of furniture in no time at all.  

 

Add personality
 

You may find your tenancy agreement doesn’t allow any redecorating… in which case, it’s time to get creative with a canvas. They’re cheap and easy to get hold of – check out your local arts and crafts shop, or order online – and they provide a great way to add instant personality. What’s more, you can take your work of art with you when you move house. You don’t have to buy full tins of paint to get started, either: simply use leftover paint from other projects – such as upcyled furniture – or snap up a set of Roller Testers in store, at dulux.co.uk or through our app. They’re mess-free and don’t require any additional kit. Go abstract with artistic drips and splashes; or opt for structure with sharp lines and shapes. Don’t hold back – it’s a great way to express yourself through bright, beautiful colour! With a little imagination, even the dullest let can become a truly lovely living space that you can call home.

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