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Exploring Co-Living Design Trends in UK Rental Properties with Louise Wynne

Updated: Mar 18

In the ever-evolving sector of real estate, the co-living movement has emerged as a breath of fresh air, reshaping how we perceive and experience living spaces. No longer confined to the traditional paradigms of housing, co-living brings forth a dynamic blend of community, functionality, and aesthetics.


To unravel the secrets behind this movement and its intersection with the art of property staging, we embark on a journey with the esteemed Louise Wynne, a trailblazer in property staging and interior design.


Louise is our guide through the world of co-living, helping us navigate design, community, and what turns a place into a shared haven.



Louise Wynne - Interior Designer and Property Stager in The UK


Exploring the Art of Property Staging


Property staging, as Louise Wynne passionately describes it, is akin to painting a canvas, with each piece thoughtfully placed to evoke emotions and tell a story. Louise's journey in property staging has been nothing short of an artful odyssey, where she discovered the pivotal role of first impressions in the tapestry of real estate.


"First impressions matter," says Louise, and as we delve deeper into her insights, it becomes apparent that property staging is not merely about arranging furniture but about orchestrating an experience. It’s about creating a visceral connection between the potential occupant and the space they envision calling home.


Consider property staging as the alchemical process that transforms a vacant house into a living, breathing entity. It is this transformative magic that captivates the viewer's imagination, making them see not just walls and ceilings but a place where their dreams can take root.


Louise emphasizes the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of property staging. In a world where time is a precious commodity, property staging becomes the swift catalyst that reduces the time a property spends on the market. It is the bridge that connects the aspirations of buyers or tenants with the tangible reality of a meticulously staged home.



The Symbiosis of Design and Co-Living:


As we venture into the realm of co-living, where shared spaces are the canvas for modern living, Louise Wynne's venture, WildKind Interiors, emerges as a pioneering force. WildKind Interiors isn’t just a design firm; it's an architect of experiences, curating spaces that transcend the mundane and embrace the communal spirit.


The symbiosis of design and co-living, as manifested by Louise, goes beyond the superficial. It's about creating a harmonious environment that fosters community living without compromising on individuality. WildKind Interiors specializes in short to medium-term furniture rental packages and bespoke interior designs, tailoring spaces for shared accommodations.


Drawing from her experience in working on show homes for large housebuilders, Louise infuses a unique philosophy into her designs. It's not merely about creating aesthetically pleasing spaces but about orchestrating an atmosphere that encourages meaningful connections.



The Significance of Furnishing in Co-Living:


Furnishing is the heartbeat of co-living spaces. It's not just about placing furniture; it's about cultivating an atmosphere where individuals feel not just at home but part of a collective experience. Louise’s WildKind Interiors understands this on a profound level, offering bespoke furniture rental packages that go beyond the conventional. The most successful co-living spaces are designed with communal living and a welcoming, sociable atmosphere in mind. Gone are the days when tenants are content with simply relaxing in their rooms while awkwardly avoiding their housemates. If you can create the conditions that enable your tenants to enjoy spending time with each other (at least in small doses), the property will feel more like a home to them, and they're more likely to want to stay longer.


Each co-living space has its unique requirements, depending on its size, location, and tenant profile, and these aspects should all be carefully considered when designing the interior.

If this seems perplexing, consider speaking to an interior designer who can efficiently plan the space of your property to maximize both its functionality and aesthetic appeal. A designer will be up-to-date with the latest products, trends, and innovative design solutions. They will create a solution tailored specifically to your requirements, making it work harder for you and more appealing to your ideal client. A happy tenant leads to reduced vacancies, and I know you all want more of that!



Crafting Connections through HMO Property Designs:


When it comes to choosing occasional furniture for your co-living property, there are just two words you need to consider here: Function and Comfort. Both are critical. Both are of equal importance. Get these right, and you'll have happy tenants.


Picture this: You've had a busy day in the office or working from home. You've been seated at your desk for hours, and all you want is to kick off your shoes (neatly storing them away to comply with house rules, right!) and grab a drink to relax on the most comfortable available seating – not your bed. Wait, what? This isn't a bedsit from circa 1985. Tenants today have higher expectations, and rightly so.


So, how do you infuse your HMO with heart? You just need to think like a tenant and consider the following:


1. Provide your clients with comfortable seating options in communal areas, and if this is really not feasible, you need to accommodate this in their bedrooms, both for themselves and for guests.

If there's enough space, consider supplying a range of comfy, durable seating, from sofas and armchairs to additional beanbags and small stools for larger groups and occasional use. If you provide the right environment, there will be times when the entire house wants to gather and socialize, and everyone will need a place to relax. I absolutely love stories of landlords hosting pizza nights, or something similar, every few weeks, for all tenants to enjoy, free of charge.


2. On this note, choose multi-purpose and modular furniture that can easily be reconfigured by tenants, depending on their requirements. Functional and adaptable, isn't that clever? For example:

  • Sectional sofas that can be rearranged into different configurations.

  • Nesting side tables that can be grouped together to save space or split when needed.

  • Furniture on wheels that can easily be moved for this purpose.

  • Fold-out desks and extendable dining tables for occasional larger groups

3. Food brings people together. It's nourishment for the body and the soul! Don't just take my word for it either. In 2017, the University of Oxford conducted research on social dining and concluded that the more people eat together, the happier and more satisfied they are likely to be with their lives. It's powerful stuff! And what a privilege it is for you to be able to make this happen for people.


A dining table with the potential to seat all your tenants at once is the dream, but where this isn't possible, an extending table (as mentioned above) or additional bar seating is also great. Don't forget to ensure that those dining chairs are practical yet comfortable. And remember! Tables can be used for eating and for other activities, such as a house games night, so having a decent-sized table serves more than one purpose and is one of the best pieces of furniture you can buy to create that all-important community feel.

Your co-living space exists to offer tenants more than is possible in a traditional HMO, so it's important to figure out innovative, cost-effective, and space-saving solutions.


The possibilities are endless, and an interior designer can assist you in getting creative if you're unsure how! They can offer expertise on HMO property designs to make the best use of your space. With various personalities living in an HMO, making the most of your space for both design and functionality can be a bit challenging, but a professional can help manage these difficulties.



Words from an Expert: A Section for Louise Wynne to Share:


In addition to being an experienced interior designer, I am also trained in colour and design psychology. I leverage this knowledge to help property investors, such as yourself, increase their profits more rapidly, whether they are selling properties or individual rooms.


You might be wondering, what exactly is colour psychology? We perceive colours through our eyes, and they are processed in a region of the brain known as the Hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating emotions. In a nutshell, colour is intrinsically linked to emotion, and colour psychology is a well-established science.


My comprehension of colour and its influence on human behaviour is invaluable. This knowledge enables me to craft interiors that align with the preferences of my clients' ideal target market. Overloading a space with the wrong colours in an unsuitable setting can have a detrimental impact on potential tenants. Just because a design is Instagram-worthy doesn't necessarily make it the right choice. I relish the opportunity to collaborate with developers and illustrate how judicious use of colour and design can foster positive human behaviour when applied correctly.



Conclusion


As we wrap up this captivating journey through the ever-evolving world of co-living and the influential role of design, guided by the expertise of Louise Wynne, we extend an invitation for you to embark on the next phase of shaping your narrative within the realm of shared spaces.


Consider leveraging the distinctive services offered by Louise Wynne as both an Interior Designer and Property Stager.


With a keen ability to transform bricks and mortar into inviting homes, Louise specializes in enhancing the market appeal of your property, facilitating quicker sales, and maximizing your return on investment. Whether you're involved in the real estate market, managing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), or engaged in rental properties, Louise Wynne's skill set proves invaluable.


Elevate your property management strategies and ensure a seamless blend of aesthetic appeal and market functionality under the expert guidance of Louise. Your journey towards creating distinctive, sought-after spaces begins here.


Connect with Louise Wynne:



Email: louise.wynne@wildkindinteriors.com


Take the leap into a world where design transcends the ordinary, and shared spaces become extraordinary. Visit our website to discover our property management services and connect with Louise Wynne to elevate your interiors.


Your journey into a new era of co-living awaits!










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