HR: You mentioned lighting earlier – how can people use lighting to enhance the visual appeal of a rental property?
GC: At Way of Life we talk about what we call ‘resting a glow’. We set all of our lighting to 1400 kelvin, which is akin to candlelight. Too many people pick up whatever bulb they find in a local shop without consideration for how the ‘temperature’ of that bulb will wash the entire room. I can’t stress enough the difference it makes. You can transform a basic space into something quite different with good lighting. It’s also important to have options, or ‘layers’ – ideally overhead, standing and table level lighting.
HR: Finally, how can renters keep the design of their rental properties as timeless as possible?
GC: Instagram can be a useful tool but scrolling through endless images of other people’s spaces can really muddy the waters when it comes to making your own mark on a space for the long haul. Natural materials are the antithesis of that – we’ve lived with wood and stone for millennia and there’s something innate there.
If you can, avoid buying everything at once. Pacing yourself allows for mental space and it’s just a much more organic way to collect. Even designers who are furnishing entire homes for clients will do it over a matter of months, looking at a variety of different sources and waiting until the right thing pops up with a dealer or on a second-hand site.
It’s always prudent to be thinking long-term in terms of what you invest in. I’m a big fan of modular systems, which can flex as you add or take away components so should slot pretty seamlessly into your next place. Maybe that’s the beauty of renting. If you don’t love it, move.
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