The DO’S and DON’TS of Decorating Your Guardian Property!

The nature of property guardianship means that creatives, professionals and key workers can move into unique spaces and turn them into their home. In our portfolio we have a huge variety of distinctive and interesting buildings, from office blocks and former schools to theatres and pubs, where LOWE Guardians have created and designed amazing places to live.

Some of these unconventional spaces are large (much larger than the average 1-bedroom London flat) and so decorating your guardian room can be an overwhelming task that requires multiple ideas, a plan, a touch of creativity and the will to get started. For our top tips for decorating your room on a budget, check out our recent blog post here.

However, to protect the architectural integrity of the building, there are some house rules which guardians must adhere to before taking the plunge in decorating. Please read our Do’s and Don’ts of decorating your guardian room below!


• Use plants to brighten your room and add freshness to your space.
• Use hanging rails to reduce clutter and showcase your wardrobe’s personality and colour.
• Donate to charity any items you no longer need or use to reduce clutter.
• Purchase second-hand items to keep to a reasonable budget.
• Up-cycle old material and recycled products.
• Keep emergency exits and hallways clear.
• Obtain LOWE’s prior written notice before decorating and putting nails and pins in the wall.


• Buy things for the sake of buying – make sure you have an idea of how you want your guardian room to look.
• Overspend! Guardian rooms are temporary, and you could move at any point.
• Forget that other guardians also use the property & any changes must be discussed with a member of the LOWE team.
• Purchase items that are too big for the space you’re living in.
• Hang fairy lights, burn candles or install electric heaters.
• Bring your pet to live with you – we operate a strict no pets policy.

NB; failure to comply with these requirements will result in a written warning, and may lead to your notice being served.