From boring walls to the awful carpet, not enough natural light and more, a rental home can lack feeling like a home. And since it’s a rental, you don’t want to spend a month’s salary redecorating it, and you’re probably limited in what you can and can’t do.
While paying your rent on time is important, so is enjoying where you live. Small things can make a big impact, and you don’t have to spend all your time or money creating a space you actually want to live in, no matter how long or short you’ll be there. Add style and personality on a budget with these 7 tips for decorating a rental home.
1. Hang pictures and wall art.
This is really one of the best and easiest ways to spruce up plain walls. Hang photos of your family and friends and places you’ve traveled to bring that element of you into where you live. You can also hang beautiful wall art, whether it’s art you created, from a local artist or from a department store, as another way to beautify the place.
2. Put up temporary wall treatments.
Don’t be afraid to use removable wallpaper or vinyl decals. These are simple to put up and take down (they should peel right off). They come in a variety of patterns and colors, too. Even simply adding floral removable wallpaper to one wall will breathe new life into your rental home.
3. Update the windows.
Do you know what else is great when you’re decorating a rental home on a budget? Updating the window treatments. Most rental properties only come with vertical or horizontal white blinds. While they were a cheap fix for the rental property owners, they’re nothing you want to look at every day. So hide them with colorful curtains or shades. Roman shades are the perfect option here. They instantly add designer elegance to any room without a designer’s price tag, and you can find Roman Shades in a variety of fabric choices.
4. Cover that ugly flooring with rugs.
You can almost always count on rental home flooring to be at least one of three things: cheap, ugly or uncomfortable. If your flooring is one or all of those, get yourself some affordable rugs. Placed in a living room, dining room or bedroom, this one accessory has the potential to tastefully bring a room together design-wise while also giving you something that’s prettier to look at and more comfortable to walk on.
5. Switch out basic hardware.
Rental hardware is unattractive and well just not your style. It’s also an easy fix. Buy new, unique hardware for your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. But be sure you keep the original hardware pieces so you can swap them back out when you move.
6. Accessorize like it’s your job.
To really make the rental space match your personality, accessorize it the way you accessorize your outfit. From accent pillows to throws to table arrangements and creative storage spaces, don’t be afraid to add an array of textures, colors, and styles.
7. Don’t neglect the outdoors.
Do you have a front porch? No matter how big or small your front entry is, it’s the first thing you and your guests see. Make it be the cutest welcoming front porch they’ve ever seen. Add seasonal wreaths. Lay down a fun welcoming mat. Include pretty potted flowers and plants (real or fake).