While many features of contemporary London lettings now seeming to come as standard, LN Review offer a compilation of interior design ideas to give your rented home a personal touch.

With many rental properties let to professionals all over the capital, those succumbing to the increasingly high costs of London living are beginning to expect a higher standard of structural function, materials and open-plan design space.

With many landlords and agencies investing on higher end finishes – whether solid polished flooring, decorative ceiling roses, glossy fitted kitchens and free standing baths, these lettings can offer a stunning blank canvas to add a personal touch of individual design flourishes.


Dark Wood Floors

While incredibly luxurious, solid dark wood is also a rich and elegant blueprint to add a huge range of design ideas.

The main factor to remember is that with darker stained flooring, keep the soft furnishings and walls light. This gives a beautifully decadent contrast of texture and colour using lighter shades, laces, voile and velvets coupled with pillar candles and delicate lighting. Darker walls and furnishings on top of dark wood flooring can make a room seem very heavy and dated.

Dark wooden floors are made from a number of different tree types – hard and durable mahogany, stunning walnut and rosewood – however many under-carpet floorboards made of soft pine are often stained or refinished to achieve the same dark wood effect by professional floor sanders. This may often be the case in many London properties due to the lower cost, higher availability and greater versatility of pine.

If you’re renting a place with wooden floors but want to personalise your living space, consider a sheepskin rug to offer a textured contrast, and in addition, a feeling of luxury and warmth underneath the feet.

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Dividing A Room

While lettings agents and property photography generally attempts to make a living space as ‘roomy’ as possible, the coziness of a TV or fireplace corner can be more appealing – especially in the darker winter months. In a large living space, renters may wish to section parts off with the clever positioning of coloured rugs and clever sofa positioning. Turning a sofa around to create a second space – perhaps a dining or desktop area is an easy way to make your rental more functional. Investing in a rug can transform a room in an instant. Urban Outfitters always have a great range that aren’t bank-breaking.

Renting And Paint

Whenever you move into a property let, it is quite normal to expect a new coat of clean, painted walls, and this will usually be stated clearly within your tenancy agreement.

If this isn’t the case, most rental properties will allow tenants to repaint the walls in muted tones – and almost certainly a plain white or cream. Keeping any injections of bright colours confined to soft furnishings means that your own style can be built and refined through the years to suit any space you decide to call home.