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What it's all about

Generation Rent, as dubbed by Halifax, are the aspiring first-time buyers who - courtesy of high property prices and tough lending policies - are finding it hard to buy their first property.

Not owning your property does not mean you care any less about the space you live in. But it does leave you in a quandary as to how to make it feel like your home without upsetting your landlord.

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Brighten up your walls

Avoid filling holes and painting over feature walls when you leave a tenancy. Try wall stickers to add personality. They stick easily and peel off without leaving marks.

Birds on a Wire Wall Sticker

vinylimpression £12.79
  • Love Floral Vintage Wall Sticker

    notonthehighstreet £18
  • Personalised Street Sign

    thebinarybox £14.99
  • Eye Chart Wall Sticker

    www.bouf.com £44.99

Cover your floors

Landlords generally overlook flooring because its so expensive

The solution


Invest in large rugs that hide stains and can be taken with you when you move on. By doing this, you also protect yourself from further dirtying the carpet.

Stockholm Black & White Rug

IKEA.COM £275

Stockholm Yellow Rug

IKEA.COM £160

Weft Rug

MADE.COM £339

Brighten up sofas

Using throws and blankets to cover furniture is an old trick. Just remember to use texture to add depth. Mix and match styles to bring in personality and fashion.

And never forget that some new cushions can change the look of a room instantly.

  • Pictor Cushion by William Branton

    OHHDEAR.COM £34.95
  • Squirrel Cushion by Alysha Dawn

    OHHDEAR.COM £34.95
  • Made to Measure Roman blind

    DUNELM MILL Starting from £19.99
  • Enje Roller Blind

    IKEA Starting from £14.00
  • Lindmon Venetian blind

    IKEA Starting from £10.00

Freshen up windows


Take down curtains (storing them safely so you can put them back up when you vacate the property), and replace them with bright, modern blinds. This will totally transform the look of the rooms in your home. Make sure that you do not do any damage to woodwork or paintwork.

Add personality to your space

Allow your home to showcase your individuality and style. Collect furniture, art and objects that make you smile.

  • Anglepoise Mini Floor Lamp Signal Red

    JOHN LEWIS £119
  • Life is a Great Adventure Print by Leah Flores

    OHHDEAR.COM £19.95
  • Easy-to-fit Campbell Ceiling Shade

    JOHN LEWIS £30
  • Eames Plastic Chair Yellow Chrome

    john lewis £223
  • Karoto Peel and Sharpen - Pa Design

    madeindesign.co.uk £10.70
  • Juicy Salif Squeezer - Alessi

    madeindesign.co.uk £49
  • Lucy Loves This Screenprint

    etsy.co.uk £32
  • Habitat Knot Round Pouf

    HABITAT.COM £95
  • Gary Birks Key Mugs

    HEALS Starting from £16
  • Antonn Shelving Unit

    HABITAT.COM £295
  • Statement Storage 

    Feature and modular storage can create great feature walls, and it’s also easy to remove them at the end of a tenancy. An open design like this will allow you to display all your prized possessions, giving your home even more personality.

    Vintage Storage Box

    notonthehighstreet £33