Rental Decorating Ideas: Elevate Your Style

Living room with palm leaf wallpaper and panelling at the bottom of the wall.

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Create a mental list of how you would design your home

The only problem is:

You live in a rental property

Renting a home means you have stipulations in your tenancy agreement. 

So, can you decorate a rented house? The answer is yes! You can still add your sense of style and personalization. 

With creativity and resourcefulness, you can transform your rental space into a stylish and inviting sanctuary. 

In this article, we’ll share some fantastic rental decorating ideas that are easy to implement and budget-friendly. So, let’s dive in!

Embrace Temporary Wallpaper for Instant Impact 

Wallpaper instantly injects a pop of colour, texture, or pattern into your rental walls without making a long-term commitment.

Temporary wallpaper is a versatile rental house decor option that allows you to personalise your space, and if and when you need to leave your rental property, you can remove it effortlessly back to its original form. 

The exciting part is that many options exist for temporary wallpaper. From bold geometrics to delicate floral prints, whatever you choose, there are temporary wallpaper designs that suit every taste.

Create Zones with Clever Use of Rugs

Rental homes often have generic flooring, but you can add character and warmth.

Layering rugs is an excellent way to define different areas in an open-concept layout and style your home. 

You can experiment with various textures, sizes, and patterns to create a cosy atmosphere and infuse your personality into the space.

I went into more depth in this article if you need further information and tips.

Optimise Storage with Multi-Purpose Furniture 

Living in the UK, our most significant collective grip is the lack of storage!

We’ve all noticed the significant size difference between the average American home and ours.

Nonetheless, there are solutions, my friends (other than building built-in storage)

You can maximise your rental’s functionality by incorporating multi-purpose furniture pieces. 

Look for storage ottomans, coffee tables with built-in shelving, or bed frames with drawers. 

These versatile pieces will help you declutter your space while adding a stylish touch. 

Remember, efficient storage solutions are essential in small rental homes.

Enhance Lighting with Stylish Fixtures 

If no one has ever told you that lighting can make or break a room, I am!

Tip 1: If you still need to do it, remove the overhanging lightbulb (it never looks good on anyone or any room).

Upgrading your rental’s lighting fixtures is one of the easiest ways to elevate the ambience instantly. 

Replace fixtures with modern alternatives or whatever style suits your taste. 

Consider installing floor lamps near a reading nook.

Or pendant lights and wall sconces to create warm and inviting spaces around your home. 

Tip 2: store the original fixtures safely so you can reinstall them before moving out.

Infuse Character with Striking Wall Art

Nothing transforms a space like stunning wall art. 

Personalise your rental by curating a gallery wall or showcasing a statement piece. These little bits and pieces make a house feel more like home.

Hanging things up in rental houses can take time and effort as you want to avoid damaging the wall and having the landlord charge you for the repair work. 

To bypass that, use removable hooks or picture hanging strips to have zero impact on the walls. 

If you’re not allowed to hang anything, leaning large artwork against the walls can create an artistic focal point without using nails or screws.

Bring Nature Indoors with Lush Greenery

A very neutral corner of a room with two elevated green plants on a stool.

You can’t change your rental house design, but adding greenery creates a sense of breath of fresh air (quite literally)

Introduce the beauty of nature into your rental space with indoor plants. It is straightforward to incorporate.

Greenery, from small succulents to large leafy plants, adds life, freshness, and a calming vibe to any room. 

If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for low-maintenance plants like pothos or snake plants. 

Remember to check with your landlord regarding plant care and placement restrictions. 

Aesthetically grounds the room.

Lastly Painting

Most renters love the opportunity to paint their rental homes! It’s like a blank canvas waiting for your personal touch to bring it to life. It is also the most obvious and quickest (relatively speaking) way to refresh your home.

When you can choose the perfect colours that match our style and vibe, it’s a chance to make your living space feel like home. There’s something magical about picking out those soothing neutrals or bold accent colours that reflect our unique personality and create a cosy haven.

And the joy of covering up those inevitable scuffs and wear and tear marks. It’s like giving the walls a fresh start and a much-needed makeover. 

Adding your flair through paint makes your rental feel more than a temporary place; it becomes a sanctuary representing who you are.

So, bring on the paint cans and get creative – and make this space your own! 

Whether you decide to tackle the painting yourself or hire professionals, this simple and cost-effective upgrade can instantly improve your home’s look and make it feel like a well-maintained property.

Bonus Rental House Decor Tips:

  • Incorporate mirrors to personalise and add character to your rental.
  • Use curtains, blinds, or window treatments for privacy and to enhance the aesthetics.
  • Decorate with removable accessories like throw pillows, blankets, and decorative items.
  • Personalise your space with accent pieces like statement furniture or unique decor items.


Transforming your rental space into a stylish home is possible, even on a limited budget. 

So go ahead, unleash your creativity, and turn your rental into a place you’re proud to call your own! 

By embracing temporary solutions, maximising storage, and incorporating personalised touches, you can create a space that reflects your unique style and makes you feel truly at home.

Remember, when it’s time to move out, follow the guidelines provided by your landlord to ensure a smooth transition. 

After reading this post, you have everything you need to know.

Don’t let the fact that you are renting a house stop you from making it feel like your own.

So get to work!

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