How to Style Your Rental Property

When renting, it is easy to fell like you are living in someone else’s house, and technically, you are. You don’t have to feel like an outsider in your rental property, though.

Adding your own style and elements to make the space feel like home is a great way to help you settle into the property.

We’ve all seen rental properties with old yellow walls and wallpaper that is chipping off. With your landlord’s permission, painting the walls of the property a light, clean and neutral shade  is a great way to make a space feel more homely. It is also a great way to create a neutral backdrop for furniture, accessories and art.

If you are unable to paint the walls of the property, see what furniture you can buy to make the room feel more like home. If you don’t have the budget to go out and purchase all new furniture, check out your local op-shop and see what bargains you can find. If you find some great deals, you can also paint the items to make the property feel more like home.

The flooring in a room can dramatically change how a room feels. Old carpet can make a room feel closed in a dirty while wooden floors can make a space feel freshly renovated. Using a large neutral or natural weave rug to decorate a space is a great way to mute wall and floor colours, or to bring more texture into a space. Rugs can also define a space.

Depending on the window coverings in the property, changing these out can be a great way to completely change the atmosphere of a space. The of purpose of blinds is to control light, privacy and thermal insulator, which can dramatically change how a space looks and feels.

Another great way to bring more light into a space is by using mirrors. Hanging large mirrors in bedrooms and living rooms is a cost effective and easy way to bring more light into a space and to make the space look so much bigger!

Accessorising with throws, pillows and soft furnishings is another cost effective and simple way to bring life into a space. Layering old lounges with a throw and pillows helps to deter the eye from the old lounge and dated carpet.

Finally, bringing plants into a space is an amazing way to style a rental property! Large or small, house plants help to purify air, help you think more clearly and can support a calm and nurturing environment.

In some cases it may be difficult to style a rental property can be difficult depending on the state of the property. However, rental properties can look amazing when you sure the right tools!

When living in a rental property you want to feel as comfortable as you can in the space you are given. Figuring out what makes you feel the most comfortable is essential in creating a rental property you love.

How To: Transform Your Open Shelves

Transforming your open shelves to look amazing is easy and quick, not to mention it will drastically change the appearance of your space!

Open shelves can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, they can show off some of your favourite pieces, and allow you to easily access these items. However, most people just shove everything they can onto their open shelves, making the space look cluttered, full and awkward.

You might be really proud that you have every Lonely Planet book and Time issue ever published, but displaying every one of these makes the whole room look cluttered and unorganised.

The first step to transforming your open shelves is to remove every single item from the shelf. Doing this will allow you to see what is really on the shelf, give the items a clear and also allow you to clean the shelving itself.

Once this is done it is time for a clear out.

Is everything that was placed on the shelf meant to be there? If it was, put it in one pile, if not, put it in another pile. Now that you have your two piles it is time to start shuffling the items around the piles.

If every shelf was full of books move most of those books to the other pile to be relocated somewhere else in your home. Leave a few of your favourite books to be put back on the shelf, depending on the amount of shelves you have, you will want three to four books on for every two shelves.

Next it is time for you to assess your nick-knacks and accessories.

How many of these do you have? How big are they? Do they look good on the shelves? Start playing around with the books and accessories on the shelving, see what looks good!

It is completely fine for a shelf to only have a few items on it, or to be completely empty! When it comes to styling shelving, the less items there, the better the shelves look. Try layering the books and accessories, leaving them by themselves and using different shapes and patterns together.

When you have finished this, it is time to consider if your shelving design works well with the rest of the room.

Assess what room you are in, what do you do in this room, are the items in the shelving there because they have something to do with the room, or because they look good (either answer to this one is fine!)?

It is also important to assess if the items in the shelving have another home in your property. If the item is going to constantly be moved to another area in the space, try and find a permanent home for it closer to that space.

Once all of this is done it is time to relocate the items that didn’t make it into the final version of the shelving. This might mean placing the items in a box under your bed or it could mean finding another space for them to live where they won’t look cluttered!

The way shelving looks can dramatically transform a space. When shelving is over crowded and cluttered it makes the whole room look and feel small, but when shelving is spacious, open and clear it makes the space seem bigger.

Why Floor Plans Hold The Power

Beautiful photos of your home for the market are awesome, they provide the buyers with an idea of the vibe and atmosphere of your home, and can influence if buyers will attend an open house.

Floor plans are another awesome tool can draw buyers in and attract some new buyers.

While photos show the appearance of the home, floor plans allow the buyer to flow through the home layout and the dimensions of the home.

This allows buyers to determine if the home suits their lifestyle. This de-personalises the home for the buyer, and allows them to imagine their own furniture and style in the house. How awesome is that?

After the real estate agent has drawn up a number of floor plans, it’s up to you to decide on the floor plan that displays the best features of your property in the best way! Try to make everything accurate and eye-catching!

What To NOT Forget!

Attention to detail is of utmost importance when staging your house to be sold.

All these details may be overwhelming and home stagers may forget some things.

Art is a great added detail to consider!

Placing things on the wall will give homebuyers a vision! They may visualise their existing home decorations and how to improve their own style and ideas.

The position of pictures and wall decorations is important. The pictures should hang at eye level to make it more appealing and easy to see.

Professional home stagers are a great way to give you new ideas for pictures and wall decorations.


Quarterly Blog Review

The time has come again for another quarterly blog review! We hope you all have been loving the blogs being published. This last quarter we have had everything from specific advice regarding staging to colour to how to stage different rooms.


“Yellow Love”

It is completely obvious to us as to why this is a favourite blog…who doesn’t love yellow? Not only does the colour make you happy but it also adds a pop to any space and can help in opening up the room. Yellow doesn’t always have to be as bright as what you might think as well. It is a great colour that doesn’t go out of fashion and will always look modern.

“The Magic of Lighting”

Lighting really does have the power to completely transform any space. Lighting can be used for a variety of situations too, no matter if it is to set a mood or to just make your life a little bit easier, lighting is a great way to achieve these goals.

“Transitional Living Room”

The rise of transitional living rooms is among us and there is no denying how much easier this trend can make your life, staging wise. Transitional living rooms allow for more variability in design as there are no set layout for what is the dining room and what is the living room, for example.

“Traditional Living Room”

On the other hand, traditional living rooms are still extremely common in properties so it makes sense that our traditional living room blog is also popular. Traditional living rooms create a cozy atmosphere which is more difficult to achieve with a transitional or open plan living room. Nevertheless, traditional living rooms are a key area of interest as they are so common.

There’s More to Sales Than Just Staging

Yes, staging your home and putting time and effort into making your home look and feel awesome! But all your hard work could go to waste if the selling element isn’t up to scratch.


Your real estate agent is the one who is going to sell your house – all your hard work goes into their hands. This is why it is important for you to have the right agent! When you are picking your real estate agent, it’s up to you to make sure your agent is:

  • A people person: your agent has to be friendly and approachable. The vendor and buyer must be led through the transaction in a smooth and stress-free way!
  • Honest: you need an agent who is willing to keep you up to date with your sale. Bad news needs to be told and fixed, this is super important!
  • People reader: your agent needs to tell you what they are thinking – if no one is looking into buying your house or if loads of people are interested in the house.  It’s all about communication!

Young designer noting ideas of new project

Your real estate agent having these skills will make or break your selling process! Look for a proactive agent!


Transitional Living Rooms

Styled by Silk Home

Transitional living rooms are the perfect combination between traditional and modern living spaces. While these living rooms encompass the key elements of the traditional living room, making the space seem as homely as possible, transitional living rooms are more open plan, bring and contemporary.

With large windows, multiple light textures and sometimes even large glass doors leading to an outside deck, a key feature of transitional living rooms is their ability to use light to their advantage, making the space seem bright, open and warm. The use of light in transitional living spaces can really transform the space from a general living room into a transitional living space.

Transitional living rooms are much like open plan living spaces as there is typically no clear dividing point between the kitchen, dining room and lounge room. While it may be assumed that this makes a space feel cluttered, unorganised and small it actually makes the area feel much bigger as there is typically more space than what is in a traditional living area. This works to the advantage of transitional living rooms as it allows for a wide variety of textures, colours and furniture to be used in the designing of the area. Bigger feature items such as lamps and coffee tables can be used as core elements that stand alone rather than being cramped into the space.

Mats are also commonly used in transitional living spaces. This allows for another element of texture and visual interest to the room and it does not take up any room! Mats come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Some are used to add some more colour to the room and others can act as key feature pieces in the room. When used effectively, mats can open up a room and tie a wide variety of the key elements together.

Throughout this post we have scattered some of our favourite transitional living spaces styled by Silk Home. What one is your favourite?

The Magic of Lighting

Light is a magical tool – it can allow us to see when it’s dark, look great and create whatever atmosphere or mood desired. The space that needs to be lit can result in the different lighting options available to you – this can make or break a space. To get some great looking light, some main components must be looked at.


The most common source of lighting – ceiling lights and pendants are some examples. This light is used to illuminate a space to allow better sight. Down lights are becoming increasingly popular and ceiling fans with fitted lights are becoming more convenient.


Lamps, lighting above kitchen benches and strip led lighting are great ways to improve light in both a large space and specific spaces. While these may be done to aesthetically please the eye, they are also helpful to brighten up a space.

Black and Gold Geometric Lamp


Accent lighting is only for aesthetic features. These lighting sources are used to make feature pieces in the home stand out even more.

People often assume that in a single space there can often be one form of lighting. Most home spaces need around two or three – this doesn’t have to be boring though – decorations and different levels of lighting can create a welcoming atmosphere!

Down lights are increasingly popular in homes in the living area, kitchens and bathrooms.

Opening living rooms and lounge rooms can be greatly improved with ceiling lights, floor lamps and side lamps. Lights can be used for decoration!

In outdoor spaces, lanterns and candles are great and cheap ways to create a calm atmosphere.


Candles and bedside lamps are also great for bedrooms, and lamps look graet in study spaces and small nooks!


So, general, task and accent lighting are useful for all different things – they can be used together to by themselves – time to get creative with your lighting!

Traditional Living Rooms

Traditional Living Rooms


Although there has been a recent trend towards creating open plan living spaces and disregarding the traditional face of a living room, there is definitely still a market for traditional living rooms.

In older homes, traditional living rooms are often key features can can withstand the trends of time and always look new. There is just something about traditional living spaces that create a warm and inviting feeling in the home unlike more modern homes where everything is open.

Fireplaces, although not in all traditional living rooms, are still common today and make a great feature piece in the room. These classic pieces can act as the key feature in the living room, especially if the room has a neutral colour scheme.

The use of blue accessories such as pillows, throws and rugs or even lounges are great to make the room feel even more homely and comfortable.

As traditional living rooms can often feel closed in and small, making sure the room has ample lighting is of utmost importance. Having large windows, lights and lamps are great ways you can open up the space and create the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is. This is further enhanced by a neutral colour scheme with blue accessories as these shades also allow the room to look bigger.

Adding wall art is another great way to make a traditional living room look more modern. Wall art can act as a major feature piece, especially if you don’t have a fireplace or the room is neutral toned. The wall art can add an element of interest to the space and can bring the whole room together with a range of colours and textures.

We’ve put some of our favourite traditional living spaces we staged in 2015 in this post. What one is your favourite?

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Your Favourite Blogs!

It’s so hard to believe that the year is already half over! But, this means that it’s time to reflect on some of our content that you have all been absolutely loving!

There has been a mixture of content coming out on Silk Home’s blog lately, from inspiration boards to colour themes to area specific design and tips and tricks to get your best possible sale experience.

One post that has been extremely popular is “Metallic Love”. It’s not hard to see why this post is a favourite…metallic is such a popular colour now! “Metallic Love” not only shows some awesome inspirational images of just how you can use metallic in your house in practice but we also talk you through how you can use metallic in your home, both through DIY and purchased items.

Gold, silver, brass, bronze, pewter, copper… Metallics are the hottest interior design trend…READ MORE HERE!

It seems that retro design is making a come back from all the love that has been directed towards “Silk Home, Modern Retro Design”. Who said retro is a thing of the past? This inspiration board shows that retro is back in full swing in the design industry. Bright pops of colour paired with matte neutrals is a great way to introduce (or re-introduce) retro design back into your life!

We selected modern/retro pieces, including lots of timber. We also added a fresh pop of…READ MORE HERE!


As we all know, open plan spaces are all the rage in architectural design at the moment. The idea of having a space that is multipurpose and has the ability to bring the whole family together is highly appealing. It is for this reason we wrote a blog all about open plan spaces. “Open Plan Spaces” is full of some of the awesome open plan areas Silk Home have staged and also gives you an insight into what sort of thing you should think about when staging an open plan area!

Open plan living spaces allow for the house to flow more easily and allows for optimum design…READ MORE HERE!


And finally, “Seller to Buyer: What you Need to Know” has been a recent hit on the Silk Home blog! This blog does exactly what it says it does…gives an insight into what you need to know when you are selling and buying! The dot point format gets straight to the point with what you must know in order to have a successful home sale!

Some easy things to think of that will make the whole process 10 times easier are:… READ MORE HERE!


We love that you are all loving these blogs! Make sure you let Silk Home know what else you would like to see blogs written on!