5. Lighting the Way

A key tip that interior designers often pass on to clients is to use a room’s lighting to best effect. This can mean opening out windows by dumping dark or heavy curtains or blinds – instead drape your windows in lighter colors and fabrics, and use tiebacks to let as much daylight flood into a room as possible.

Electric lighting will also add to the ambience of your room. Don’t use harsh central lighting, but place lamps strategically both to lighten and dress the room. Installing recessed lighting is probably an expense too far in a rental, but if such lighting is already in place, consider replacing ordinary bulbs with colored bulbs to provide a more vibrant, funky hue to your room.