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The 5 Easiest Ways For Landlords To Up Their Interior Design Game

29th Apr 2021

Category: Property advice

Tenants are becoming increasingly selective when it comes to the interior design of a property. Magnolia walls and beige carpets have been firmly rejected in favour of design led homes with modern and thoughtful interiors. For landlords this poses a particular set of problems. You want your property to stand out but still want the design to be practical and appeal to a variety of tastes. So what’s the solution?

Take a look at our 5 simple tips for easily updating your property to make it more attractive to potential tenants:

1) Feature Pieces:

Consider investing in a statement piece that catches the eye and adds interest. This could be anything from an ornate mirror in the hallway, to a select piece of artwork in the living room, or some fun utensil holders in the kitchen. Viewers will be far more likely to remember your property if there is an eye-catching feature. If the piece is not to their taste, they can simply store it away safely until the end of the tenancy.

Feature walls of photo frames work really well- leave some free for your tenants to add their own pictures!

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2) Colour:

It’s easy to fall in to the trap of neutrally decorating the entire property to suit all tastes. Properties with top to bottom white walls and grey carpets are frequently brought to the market. While it’s useful to keep a variety of tastes in mind, you should be wary that this approach can lead to a dull and forgettable space. If you decide to go for a neutral look make sure you add splashes of colour in select spots throughout the property. This can be done through soft furnishings, lamp shades and artwork, or even larger items such as chairs and sofas. Why not consider a brightly coloured front door which is sure to give the property curb appeal.

Colour Door

3) Tiles:

If your kitchen or bathroom needs an update, consider tiling in favour of paint. Although the initial outlay may be more expensive it will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Tiles are much easier to clean and maintain and will last longer.

You might even find that by adding some tiles it modernises the whole room and gives it the lift it needed to get some more years out of the fixtures and fittings. Not only are they more practical but they look beautiful and are sure to attract potential tenants.

Grove Tiles

4) Lighting:

Lighting is a simple and effective way of making your property stand out. If you’re looking to revamp your lighting scheme take a look at our in-depth ‘Lighting Schemes for your Refurbishment’ blog post. If you’re looking for a quick and easy update, consider adding a feature lamp or an interesting shade to standard bulbs.


5) Easy Upgrades

We all love simple wins! There are plenty of easy updates you can try throughout your property to modernise and add value. Try changing the handles of doors, cupboards and wardrobes, re -grout any tired or mouldy grouting and replace sealants, or give the busiest areas of the house, such as the hallway, a lick of paint. This will give an instant update and brighten up the whole room.

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Senior Lettings Negotiator (NFOPP Level 3)

Life-long Nottingham resident Lindsay previously worked as a Senior Negotiator at a fast-paced, multi-branch letting agency. She is fantastically skilled in all aspects of the lettings process and great at building relationships with our landlords. Since joining Comfort she has completed the Technical Award Level 3 in Residential Lettings and Property Management with ARLA Propertymark. Lindsay is currently on maternity leave until summer 2023.


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