10 Creative Ways to Personalise Rented Hallways and Landings
Don’t let renting a home stand in the way of your design aspirations – try these landlord-friendly ideas for adding character to your hall
A good mirror is a classic addition to any hallway – but there’s no need to fix it to your wall. Here, this huge vintage mirror merely leans against the wall, providing not only glamour, but also, of course, a place to check your appearance before leaving the house.
Originals like this one can be pricey, so if your budget doesn’t stretch, look out for a new, gilt-framed version at budget high street stores and customise it yourself with chalky white paint.
Give your stairs some style by adding objects, collections or pretty pieces at the edges of the treads. From books to your most stylish shoes, or, as here, a row of matching lanterns, it’s easy and fun to style the stairs.
Runners are typically inexpensive, but do much to brighten and style a rented hallway or landing. Choose a woven cotton design that can be tossed into a washing machine for a quick clean if you’re being super-practical; hallways see a lot of traffic and runners can quickly become dirty.
Coat racks aren’t just for coats! Here, at the far end of this hallway, soft, voluminous plants have been suspended from hooks you might usually expect to find full of jackets and scarves.
Just as with mirrors, making holes in the walls to hang art may not be possible in a rental home. Get round this by using an easel to show off a favourite piece, and position it so it makes a stylish statement in the entrance.
Brighten up a drab hallway or landing and create a simple divide with a beautiful curtain. A couple of simple hooks and some stretchy curtain wire can support a length of fabric, which can be neatly hung to one side of the hallway. Use a tieback to keep the fabric tidy when the curtain is drawn back.
A bench is a hallway asset, providing somewhere to sit while pulling on shoes. Ditto a console table or sideboard, which can hold keys, gloves, sunglasses and the like without hogging space. Freestanding pieces like these are ideal in a rented pad, as they can, of course, move with you when you head to another home.
Hunt for a freestanding coatstand that can travel with you to other homes, providing helpful coat storage wherever you go. For a small hallway, choose one like this that stands flush to the wall and doesn’t eat too much into a narrow hallway space.
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Create a montage of favourite images, photos, invitations and postcards on the back of your rented home’s front door (use something like Blu-Tack, which should come off gloss paint easily). This idea is particularly effective in a small property, where the entrance opens directly onto living space and the door is always visible.
Cheer up a dull corner on a landing or brighten a bland hallway by squeezing in a little styled tableau. Here, simple wooden crates are stacked to make an informal table for a vase and flowers.
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On this landing, the residents have added a colourful macramé plant pot holder suspending an attractive trailing ivy. You could hang one in a hallway or landing on anything from a peg rail to a hook, nail or coatrack.
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