Decorate When You're Renting - 5 Simple Ways

How to decorate when you’re renting

Decorating a rental home is not quite the same as decorating your own property. Even if you are lucky enough to have an easy-going landlord, rental property rules regarding structural changes and internal and external renovations apply. Unfortunately, this can leave renters feeling left out of the decorating loop, but it shouldn’t. There are still plenty of ways to add some temporary pizazz for the length of your lease.  These tips to decorate when you’re renting will help you feel like you’re house is you’re home!

Add soft furnishings

Never underestimate the power of cushions.  Soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, curtains and blinds can add a sense of texture and comfort to a room, and better yet, you can take them with you when you move.

Use temporary storage

If space is limited in a rental property, explore temporary storage options that also add a decorative flair. You can use a standalone ladder, storage box, basket or bookcase both for storage and as a decorative display piece for colourful vases, candles, vintage bottles, picture frames, books and other trinkets.

Add greenery

Adding living décor is one of the best ways to inject colour, personality and warmth into a rental property. Introduce greenery into rooms with potted plants, terrariums, flowers and even a herb garden for the cook in the house. Make sure you keep on top of your indoor gardening chores – a room full of wilting plants doesn’t exactly scream warmth and comfort.  Also take care not to place pot plants directly onto carpet.

Explore floor décor

If decorating of the walls is restricted, why not consider the floors? The floor is a great space for temporary decorative pieces that double up as comforts, such as rugs, beanbags, pouffes and floor cushions. Adding floor pieces is also the perfect opportunity to introduce some colour.

Decorate the walls

Decorating the walls sounds like going against the principles of renting 101, but there are ways of zhooshing up the walls without doing any permanent damage.

Making your own wallpapered panels is a wonderful way of adding wallpaper without actually sticking it on the walls. Glue or nail a strip of wallpaper to a large plywood panel and lean it against the wall – easy! And thanks to the invention of adhesive picture-hanging strips, it’s now possible to decorate your walls with picture frames, canvas prints and art without having to use hooks.


If you are unsure of what is allowed and what is not, rather speak to your Blocksidge property manager before you action any changes.

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