Decorating a rental home can be a tricky proposition. It’s a decision that will require you to weigh the aesthetic payoff versus the financial risk at every turn.
But, if you are going to be living in the rental home for a while, it’s important to make the space as personal as possible. And best of all, you don’t need to be an expert in interior design to do it.
In this post, we’ll share with you the best tips for decorating your rental property.
Tip #1: Give your walls a fresh coat of paint.
Adding a splash of new color to your rented premises can help make it personalized and not ‘borrowed’. That said, this is an option that is almost always controversial for tenants. That’s why it’s always important to first seek permission from your landlord.
Now, there are three types of landlords. One, those that are okay with their tenants painting the walls. These landlords see the fresh coat of paint as an easy way to upgrade their tired-looking walls. In these cases, repainting the property back to its original paint may not be necessary.
Two, there are those landlords that don’t mind the painting so long as you paint back the original paint when you leave.
And lastly, there are those landlords that are totally against anything that alters the look of their properties.
So, if you are thinking of painting your rental, always check with your landlord and ask for permission. If they are okay with it, then great. But if not, then consider your options.
Tip #2: Use wall decals to make a design statement.
Wall decals are no longer for kids’ rooms anymore. You can use them to make unique design statements for relatively little effort and costs. What’s more, they cause no damage to the walls. If you decide to move out, you can just peel them off and throw them away.
Before deciding to work with removable wallpaper, the first thing you should do is gauge the wall quality. Why? Because textured walls usually have air pockets and may end up causing your design to have a bubbly look.
As such, look for walls that are smoother and don’t have loose plaster. After prepping the walls, the possibilities will be endless. You can highlight a particular area like a kitchen backsplash or an office nook, stick to one eye-catching design to create an accent wall, or simply cover an entire room in a print.
Tip #3: Display art on surfaces.
Are you addicted to art? If so, displaying it on surfaces is a good way to continue feeding your art addiction while ensuring your security deposit is safe. All you have to have for this to work is a little imagination.
Go around your premises and look into the various possibilities around you. Consider tabletops, shelving or any other available surface that could use some artistic inspiration.
If you aren’t still satisfied with the available spaces, bringing in your own is still an option. You could, for instance, use a decorative ladder. This is great for displaying small décor items, as are bookshelves and entertainment centers.
Tip #4: Change the lights.
Most rentals have rules regarding changing locks, messing with the electrical wiring, or changing fixtures. Fortunately, though, changing light bulbs doesn’t require permission from your landlord.
That said, choose those that don’t require rewiring anything at all. Simply pick out your new lighting fixture, remove the old one, and replace it with the new one.
There are many different styles and lampshades and bulbs are available.
Tip #5: Get rid of that worn toilet seat.
A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house. As such, if it’s worn out, consider replacing it. For less than $60, it’ll instantly make your bathroom feel refreshed.
But just to be on the safe side, make sure to check with your landlord first. Odds are that they will be okay to have you upgrade their rental. You could even try haggling the upgrade into your lease – just save yourself some work and request the landlord whether the toilet can be replaced prior to you moving in.
Some DIY skills might prove handy here. You will only need less than one hour to make the replacement.
Tip #6: Add some greenery to your home.
This is a great way to brighten the place up and bring some extra character; this is especially true if you are living in the middle of a city. They are low-cost ornaments, will clean up the air, and are easy to install and care for.
Plants like ferns, snake plants, spider plants, and aloe don’t just look pretty, but they also help get rid of chemicals like ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde from the atmosphere.
There you have it! Six tips for decorating your rental property. Just remember to consult your landlord wherever possible, especially on tips one and five. Best of luck!