The Ultimate DIY Decorating Guide for Renters

Joshua Chadwick By Joshua Chadwick July 20th

As renters, we often face the challenge of transforming a rental property into a space that truly feels like home without violating lease agreements or damaging the premises.

Luckily, there are plenty of clever hacks and decorating ideas that can give your rental a stylish makeover without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re in a rental apartment or a rental home, these tips will help you create a warm and welcoming living space that reflects your personality and style.

Additional Resources

For more information about moving as a whole, check out our Ultimate Guide to Moving House here.

Embrace Removable Wallpaper and Decals

Add a pop of personality to your living room or bedroom with removable wallpaper and decals. They are easy to apply and remove, making them perfect for adding a touch of flair to your rental without worrying about damage.

Get Creative with DIY Furniture

Visit IKEA or browse online for affordable and easy-to-assemble furniture. From a chic coffee table to a versatile bookshelf, DIY furniture allows you to customise your rental space to fit your needs.

Upgrade Light Fixtures

Swapping out outdated light fixtures for stylish alternatives can instantly elevate the look of your rental. Consider adding a floor lamp or table lamp for cosy and functional lighting.

Consult an Interior Designer

If you’re unsure where to start, consider consulting an interior designer who specialises in rental spaces. They can offer expert advice on maximising your living area’s potential while adhering to the rental guidelines.

Wall Art and Gallery Walls

Express your creativity with an eye-catching gallery wall filled with framed photos, prints, and wall hangings. It’s a great way to make a statement and personalise your rental without altering the structure.

Window Treatments

Don’t overlook the impact of curtains or blinds. Window treatments can add privacy and style to your space. Opt for easy-to-install curtain rods and stylish curtains that you can take with you to your next rental.

Greenery for a Fresh Touch

Indoor plants are an excellent way to bring life into your rental home. Low-maintenance varieties like pothos, snake plants, or succulents thrive in different environments and add a touch of green to your living space.

A Greener Tomorrow

Need help trying to make your home as sustainable as possible? Check out our article on preparing for a green move here.

Command Hooks and Adhesive Stickers

Use command hooks and adhesive stickers to hang lightweight decor items such as wall art, posters, and light frames without damaging the walls.

Area Rugs for Cosy Floors

Add warmth and texture to your rental space with an area rug. It can also cover up less-than-ideal flooring, giving your space a homely vibe.

Celebrate With Some Red

Have you celebrated your new white rug purchase too eagerly and split some red wine all over? Check out our article on how you can get red wine out of carpets and rugs here.

Clever Storage Solutions

Utilise storage units, bookcases, and room dividers to keep your rental organized and clutter-free. Opt for versatile pieces that can be easily moved to suit different layouts.

Outdoor Space Transformation

If you have a balcony or patio, decorate it with comfortable outdoor furniture and potted plants. Turn it into a cozy oasis where you can relax and unwind.

Personalise with Homewares

Decorate with homewares like decorative pillows, stylish lampshades, and unique headboards to add your personal touch to the rental.

Remember, while you’re free to personalise your rental space, always refer to your lease agreement and seek your landlord’s approval for significant changes. With these creative decorating ideas and smart hacks, you can create a rental that truly feels like home, no matter how temporary your living situation may be. Happy decorating!

Key Points

  • Use removable wallpaper and decals for easy customization.
  • DIY furniture from IKEA adds personal touch and functionality.
  • Upgrade light fixtures for a stylish makeover.
  • Consult an interior designer for expert guidance.
  • Create gallery walls and display wall art without altering walls.
  • Add curtains or blinds for privacy and style.
  • Incorporate indoor plants to bring life into the space.
  • Utilise command hooks and adhesive stickers for damage-free decor.
  • Add cozy area rugs to cover less-than-ideal flooring.
  • Optimise storage with smart solutions like bookcases and room dividers.
  • Transform outdoor space with comfy furniture and potted plants.
  • Personalise with homewares like decorative pillows and stylish lampshades.
  • Always seek landlord approval and refer to the lease agreement.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always consult with your landlord or property manager before making any significant changes to your rental property.

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