5 Home Décor Tips to Brighten Your Mood

April is National Stress Awareness Month in the UK, making it a great time to evaluate how to relieve stress in your life. It’s stressful being a tenant, especially during a pandemic where financial concerns may arise and a lot of us are working at home.

A survey by Aetna International in September 2020 showed that 32% of the surveyed employees were concerned about stress levels while working from home, and 76% of 18-24year-old workers were struggling to deal with the blurring of work and home life due to the pandemic.

It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to de-stressing our lives and homes, so we’re sharing our five renting and budget-friendly top tips for home décor to help brighten your mood.

1. Natural Lighting to Brighten the Room

Daily encounters with natural lighting can provide several health benefits, including: a boost in vitamin D, lifting low moods, improving sleep, and a reduction in the health risks of excessive fluorescent lighting exposure. Open up curtains and blinds as soon as you wake up to ensure as much natural light as possible is reaching the inside of your home.

Exposure to light (natural and artificial) helps us feel more awake and alert. At night, use blackout blinds/curtains to make your bedroom as dark as possible. Poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health, so it’s important to get a good night’s rest.

2. Place Indoor Plants and Fresh Flowers

Houseplants and fresh flowers add natural, aesthetically pleasing decoration to the home. Studies show that indoor flowers and foliage can improve your mood, lower stress/anxiety, and help you focus, as well as ease headaches and respiratory ailments due to the improved air quality.

Bringing nature inside is a great way to brighten up your space and, in turn, your mood.

3. Incorporate Relaxing Décor into Your Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for relaxation and rest, especially when trying to relieve stress. While you may not be allowed to paint the walls or drill holes in the wall for picture frames, there are many creative ways to create an aura of relaxation in your bedroom.

‘Cosy up’ with soft blankets draped on the bed or armchair, light candles or reed diffusers, and – as previously mentioned – block out the light from lamp posts outside when it’s time to get to sleep. Experiment with décor and see what works well for you.

Adding pops of colour with accent cushions, vases, and other colourful décor pieces can help lift your mood and turn your bedroom into a stress-free zone, ready for getting good-quality rest.

4. Storage and Organisation

The phrase “tidy home, tidy mind” is popular for good reason. Clutter can lead to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Organising your home with simple, renting-friendly storage solutions is a great way to de-clutter and thus de-stress.

A messy home will lead to increased stress levels for the whole household, whereas in an organised home everything is in its place. You may not be able to put up shelves or nail a bookcase to the wall, but whether it’s a short bookcase or a large chest of drawers, there are many ways to add storage to your home while remaining within renting guidelines. Furthermore, keep visible surfaces free of too much clutter – a good rule of thumb is to limit the decoration of bookshelves and open surfaces to half-full.

5. Keep Your Space Clean

Now you’ve tidied away the mess and organised your cupboards, it’s time for a deep clean. Mundane activities such as regular household cleaning can help you wind down and relieve stress, with the added benefit of a sparkling-clean home afterwards.

Those with long, stressful work shifts, physical disabilities, and/or mental health conditions may find it difficult to do a full-home deep clean all at once. Take everything at your own pace and start with smaller, simpler cleaning tasks. This will still contribute to a clean home while preserving your energy, time, and mental health.

For ideas on how to decorate your rented accommodation to feel like home, even when you can’t put down permanent roots, click here.

How does the Guaranteed Rental Scheme work?

What is the Guaranteed Rental Scheme?

The Guaranteed Rental Scheme from Orchard & Shipman guarantees fixed rental income for landlords. Our local authority clients will nominate a suitable tenant to occupy your rental property, with a skilled team of property managers to oversee the entire lettings and management process.

How does the scheme work?

The service includes ongoing tenant care, void periods, repair and maintenance to ensure that your property is carefully and professionally managed.

There are several steps involved in the Guaranteed Rental Scheme:

1. Consultation and Valuation

Initially, Orchard & Shipman lettings experts will arrange a visit to your property for a thorough valuation and walkthrough of our service. This will provide you with all the information you’ll need to join the scheme.

2. Services Built to Suit You

You’re able to plan ahead and choose a service package to suit you, including fine-tuning the terms of the lease and rental payments to fit your rental and financial requirements. This will give you peace of mind with the knowledge that your service is specifically tailored to your needs as a landlord.

3. Property Inspection

Should there be any works required for the property to be eligible for the scheme, we will outline our necessary standards following a property inspection. We aim to be thorough, transparent, and professional throughout this whole process to provide you with the best possible service.

4. Legislation and Paperwork

You will need to provide all the required legal safety paperwork and certifications for your property, and agree to our terms of business; following this, we will set a start date for the tenancy that suits you.

5. Tenant Selection

Orchard & Shipman’s skilled property managers will secure a suitable tenant for your property from our local council partners, as well as arrange all the necessary move-in paperwork and administration. This removes the hassle from your busy work schedule and lets us handle the details.

6. Ongoing Tenancy Management

Your assigned property manager will manage the tenancy on an ongoing basis and act as your main point of contact throughout the term of your agreement with us. You will receive a high standard of professional management throughout your term with us.

7. Guaranteed Fixed, Regular Rental Income

You will receive your rental income regularly each month, with payment guaranteed whether or not a tenant occupies the property. Take the risk out of letting homes with our Guaranteed Rental Scheme and avoid costly void periods.

What are the benefits of the Guaranteed Rental Scheme?

There are several benefits of using the Guaranteed Rental Scheme, bringing you a fixed income and peace of mind.

No management fees or set-up costs

Ongoing management is included within the cost of the scheme agreement, with no hidden fees or initial set-up costs.

Guaranteed rent for up to 5 years

We offer flexible long-term leases of 3, 5, or 10 years, and can guarantee rental income for up to 5 years.

End-to-end support, advice, and property and tenancy management

Property and tenancy management such as viewing and tenancy agreements are all handled by us, freeing up your time and resources.

You will receive end-to-end support and advice for yourself as the landlord as well as for your tenants.

Dedicated maintenance and management services

Included within the scheme is professional, dedicated maintenance and management services to support your property and tenants.

Reduced risks

Even when your property is unoccupied, you won’t experience any costly void periods due to guaranteed fixed income. There is also no risk of tenant rent arrears or legal eviction costs, bringing you peace of mind and better financial stability.