How to Decorate a Rental without Breaking Rules

Decorating a Rental: Tips and Tricks

Here are some ways to decorate a rental without breaking rules and here are five of the most popular among them.

With so many renovating TV shows and home design magazines, we’re constantly bombarded with new ideas for decorating our homes. But what to do if you’re a renter? You can’t go and make design choices for your landlord, but you probably want to decorate it the way you want and make the whole place more personal. You’ll be happy to hear that there are ways to decorate a rental without breaking rules and here are five of the most popular among them.

Add some plants

Potted plants can give an instant lift to just any space and getting a few of these may be exactly what your current home needs. Saying that these things bring life to a room is a bit cliché but it’s true, plus they help keep the air inside your home clean. The best part of it is that you can put potted plants in any room you want from the living room to the bathroom. If you decide to move to another rental or buy your own place, all you need to do is bring your plants with you. Some of the most popular houseplants at the moment include cacti, Peace Lilly and Spider Plant.

Upgrade lighting fixtures

Most rentals come with either low-quality or worn-out lighting options. If you feel like these things are bringing the look of your home down, replacing them is a great idea. Just remove the lighting fixture you have right now and store them someplace safe. If you manage to keep them safe, you can always install them and restore the property to the same condition it was when you first moved in. Luckily, there are so many lighting options available at the moment and finding something that matches the overall look of your home shouldn’t be tough. Whether we’re talking about wall sconces or freestanding lamps, this trick is guaranteed to work.

Rent an air conditioner

Summer temperatures have never been higher and living in a place without air conditioning can be tough. Still, there’s no point in installing one if you won’t be able to bring it with you once you move out. This is why turning to a company that offers portable air conditioner rental units is something you just can’t go wrong with. You can use the unit you get only when temperatures are high and avoid paying for installation. You can return it in the autumn and rent it again next year.   

Get a new window treatment

If you’re not a fan of plastic vertical blinds in your apartment, there’s no reason not to have them replaced with a more modern type of blinds or curtains. As long as you don’t chuck the old blinds, you’ll be able to reinstall them before you move out. Also, make sure to fix up the existing holes in the wall as the last thing you want to do is leave empty holes in the wall for the landlord or the new tenant to deal with. If you really want shutters, you can talk to your landlord and see if they want to split the bill. It’s a win-win situation, as you get to use the shutters before you move out and they get to keep them for the new tenants.

Create more storage

Chances are, your rental doesn’t have enough storage for you and your family to store your stuff. Such interiors often look messy and if you don’t want that to be the case with your place, adding more storage is recommended. A television cabinet with storage can help you create order or you can just get creative and buy an ottoman with storage in it. These things can help you keep the place tidy and you can easily pack them once it’s time to move out. If you plan to get a large bookshelf, talk about it with your landlord before you actually do it.

Over to you

Making a rental your own isn’t as tough as some people believe. Use these five decoration tricks and you can be assured you’ll feel more comfortable as long as you live there. Not to mention that you’ll add some style to place and make your guests fall in love with it.


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