8 top tips to decorate a rental property (without annoying your landlord!)

Private rentals can be a little tricky when it comes to decorating it in the style that you want. Some landlords are quite easy about what you can do, while others may have a 28-page dossier about what you can’t do (no green walls, no drilling, no new flooring, etc!).

But don’t be put off by these strict regulations, you can still put your own stamp on it without losing your deposit! Chances are that you’re paying extortionate rent, so you need to make the most of your space.

Here are just some of the things you can do to make your rental feel like home…

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Better check with your landlord first before painting the walls…especially black

Rugs makes a room cosy  If you’ve moved into a place that comes with horrid carpet or wooden flooring, soft rugs can add that cosy feel. There are plenty of colourful rugs available, like these geometric styles from MADE.com.

Holden Large Geometric Hand Tufted Wool Rug 160 x 230cm, Tonal Blue £299Ava Large Geometric Hand Tufted Wool Rug 160 x 230cm, Tonal Blue £299

If you’re going all hygge-style, I’m a big fan of sheepskin or faux fur rugs that can spruce up the area and feel really cosy. They can be a bit pricey, but I’ve bought a few small ones for less than £20 on Amazon.

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Rugs are a nice touch
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Sheepskin rugs and throws for those chilly nights

Soft furnishings Add colour to your sofa or chair with warm throws and large cushions – especially if it’s an old, battered one that came with the property! I absolutely love this colourful selection of throws on MADE.COM .

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Colourful cushions brighten up a dull sofa
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Love the furry cushion…

Statement lighting  You may not be able to do a great deal of DIY, but there are simple things you can change like the lighting and fixtures. Aim for striking ceiling pendants or lamps.

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Light pendants don’t have to be boring

The use of soft lighting can change moods, and make a room feel more cosy. There are so many different styles on the market, from industrial to chandelier, you can choose one that suits you and make a statement.

Accessorise and more  If there’s one thing I’m obsessed with it’s home accessories. From lanterns and candle holders, to picture frames and clocks, it’s the little touches that can personalise a space.

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Get creative with your accessories

It’s also a good way to get creative as there are no rules. Who says you can’t use a wooden crate for displaying magazines? Or a metal fruit basket for your books? If you’re stuck for inspiration, Pinterest has loads of great ideas.

Wall  artwork  If you’re tired of staring at the cold white walls, colourful art, photography or unique mirrors can bring warmth. If your landlord is likely to throw a fit over holes in the walls, there are picture hanging strips available that doesn’t involve drilling and leaves no marks (apparently). Just check on the weight requirements first before you end up creating more damage!

Clutter free storage  Modular open storage is another good way to display your things without having to drill any walls to put up shelves. It’s also a great way to minimise any clutter. Good ol’ IKEA is guaranteed to have modular units, and most of them are stackable to create even more space.

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Modular units are great for displaying your favourite things

Paint old furniture new If you can’t paint the boring, white walls a different colour, you can still give your furniture a makeover. Whether it’s a coffee table, wooden chairs or even just painting the legs a bold colour, a new coat of paint will brighten up the space. Obviously this only applies if the furniture belongs to you and not the landlord!

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Give old furniture a colourful makeover

Bring the outdoors in  If you live in a flat and don’t have access to a garden, why not bring the outdoors in? Huge botanicals, tropical plants and palms can be a nice feature. Just check on the specific conditions of the plant, as you don’t want to kill them off too soon!

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Add some greenery into your space

If you don’t fancy looking after large plants, miniature succulents (they don’t need much water), or a floral display can also look fabulous on a shelf or sill.

Here are just some ideas to make your rental space homely? Do you have any others that may be useful to fellow renters?

Stock images from Pexels and Pixabay

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Cynthia Thompson

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