4 Ways to Accessorise Your Manchester Apartment for Rent

Posted Apr 26, 2018
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More people than ever are searching for modern, convenient Manchester apartments for rent than ever before. From international students to young adults wanting to live the city life, the private rented sector in Manchester has increased by a colossal 85% in the past decade (that’s almost 27,000 renters), compared to only 51% in the rest of the UK.

With increased demand comes an increased awareness of what people want to get out of their rental experience, and one of the main aspects is design flexibility. When searching for a 1 bedroom apartment or studio flat to rent, there’s nothing more disheartening than slowly falling in love with its location, size and price, and then BAM – seeing bright red cabinets or navy blue carpets and instantly falling out of love.

Plentiful storage at Artillery House, Byrom Street

Make Your Rental Apartment in Manchester More ‘You’ in 4 Easy Steps

At Manchester Apartments, we believe that a rented apartment should always be a blank canvas for tenants to accessorise however they want to. So, with this in mind, we’ve gathered together our top apartment design ideas for personalising your new home, which includes a few favourite accessories handpicked from some of Manchester’s best independent homeware shops!

1. Improve Your Wellbeing With Plants

From trendy succulents to the easy-to-grow spider plant, indoor plants have made a significant comeback in recent years. Not only will plants help transform a space aesthetically, but they’re renowned for being natural air purifiers too.

We love the handmade display boxes above by Monti, an independent homeware brand as sold by Form Lifestyle Store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Don’t fancy looking after your own plants? Many artificial plants look just as good as the real thing, but without the added maintenance!

From floor-to-ceiling storage units to bespoke ottoman gas-lift beds, there are plenty of hidden storage solutions within each and every one of our Manchester apartments for rent. With extra space for storage, you’ll want to keep your clutter organised behind the scenes.

2. Use Your Shelves for Decorative Accessories

We very much believe that open shelving is for decorative purposes only, which is why we’ve designed our apartments with smart, practical storage solutions to save space. Even the largest space can appear cluttered if your open shelving or storage units are crowded with unnecessary possessions.

From floor-to-ceiling storage units to bespoke ottoman gas-lift beds, there are plenty of hidden storage solutions within each and every one of our apartments. With extra space for storage, you’ll want to keep your clutter organised behind the scenes.

These stylish felt baskets from Altrincham-based company Rose & Grey are perfect for storing in the cupboard or under the bed. The flexible felt material with solid wooden handles makes them incredibly easy to manoeuvre and store.

Now you’ve cleared some space on your open shelves, there’s plenty of room for decorative accessories such as plants, photo frames and candles!

Exterior photography by India Hobson Available from Object, based just outside of Manchester city centre in Chorlton, Honest candles are made from non-toxic soy wax and fragranced with organic essential oils.

3. Prop Your Prints Against the Wall

We’d be lying if we said that we’re happy for our tenants to hammer nails into the walls, but this needn’t be a restriction. Larger prints look equally as impressive when propped up against the wall on the floor – plus this requires practically no handy work.

A deluxe 2 bedroom apartment in Manchester city centre at Basil House, Portland Street

We recently came across these simple plant prints from Room 356 (created by Susan J. Burnell) and think they’d make a great addition to any apartment.

4. Bring In Colour With Textiles

As mentioned previously, a good rental apartment should always be a ‘blank canvas’ that can be styled with ease and this is exactly what we’ve kept in mind when designing all of our apartments.

“By designing our apartments with a modern yet neutral backdrop, we allow our tenants to personalise their space by injecting both their artistic flair and personality to ultimately feel at home.” – Angela, Head of Interior Design at Beech Design & Build

From teal velvet cushions to a chunky mustard wool throw, textiles are the perfect way to bring colour into your home.

As well as experimenting with colour, opt for different textures to bring contrast and variety into your bedroom, living room and beyond.

Looking for vibrant throws and cushions for your apartment? Oklahoma first opened its doors in 1997 and is now the largest independent gift shop in the city centre. Renowned for their vibrant, ethical goods, the shop has become a staple tourist attraction as well as a must-visit for design enthusiasts.

Exterior photography by Tor Marie

Beyond the aforementioned, Manchester is brimming with independent design shops for you to explore. Although the following shops don’t have online stores, Moth in Didsbury and Idaho in Altrincham are worth the short tram journey thanks to their contemporary, sought-after interior accessories.

Search Manchester Apartments for Rent Today

Looking for your next home to bring your personal touch to? Browse our exceptional range of studio and 1-3 bedroom apartments in Manchester city centre on our website today! If you’re looking for further information, please email hello@mapartments.co.uk or call 0161 228 6633. We’re happy to help!

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