Decorating Victorian houses for the rental market

It's easy to get carried away when decorating Victorian houses, especially if it is is your own property. With so many wonderful paints available, the options are endless.

However, when decorating for the rental market, it is important to rein in your own tastes as not everyone will share them. Renters often look for a neutral backdrops for their own furniture, pictures and belongings, and avoid places with strong colours that may clash.

Grey carpet, Dunelm London Industrial 1 Light Pendant Bronze Ceiling Fitting, Victorian house
Monochrome staircase with feature light fitting

My priority is to make my Victorian houses fresh and airy, and I find that white paint is best for that. It is also easy to touch up in between tenancies. I also like grey carpet, as that is very forgiving, as well as being fashionable, giving a monochrome look. This is not a time to economise on cheap carpets - I get a good quality 100% polypropylene twist pile carpet that is stain resistant and will stand up to heavy use. For this house, I chose Carpetright's Emperor Twist Plain Carpet in charcoal as that was on special offer.

You can see in the photo that I fitted a stylish pendant light fitting from Dunelm's London range, with an LED industrial bulb. It is a relatively inexpensive way of making an impression in the entrance hall, and is not typical for rented accommodation.

The monochrome backdrop also makes the original fireplaces pop, and goes nicely with the wooden doors and wood effect laminate flooring.

In the shower room, I used Wickes Everest Slate Porcelain Wall & Floor Tile - 600 x 300mm, with grey grouting.

I had a very positive reaction from the decoration when showing potential renters the property, who loved the fresh and modern feel of this old house, so it seems I hit the nail on the head.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments.

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