Many renters struggle with limitations around customizing the place they call home. Most landlords have strict policies in place surrounding paint and adding hardware to hang photos and art. Fortunately, there are several décor options that are easily reversible or make no notable impact on the rental’s infrastructure— except to make it feel more welcoming, of course.
Here are six charming and easy decoration ideas to make your rented house feel like home.
1. Decorate with Plants and Flowers
One of the easiest décor techniques is to add flowers to your rental. Using fresh-cut flowers allows you to change your décor theme regularly while adding a mood-boosting atmosphere to your home. If replacing fresh flowers isn’t feasible, opt for dried flowers or press your favorite petals to make custom art.
Live plants — paired with lovely planters and stands— are another fantastic way to decorate your home. There are plant options for every room, from bamboo in the dimly lit bathroom to aloe plants in sunny windows. This décor piece doubles as a fun hobby, and you can take them with you when you go.
2. Use Removable Wallpaper
Removable wallpaper is a renter’s dream. Rather than the old, wet wallpaper that was hard to apply and even harder to remove, this decal-style innovation is simple to put up and leaves no residue when you peel it off.
Investing in removable wallpaper for a full room can be costly, but it’s perfect for a bold accent wall that brings new life into the room. You can also create a fun geometric accent wall using washi tape.
3. Lean Your Art
Some landlords allow finishing nails while others only allow tacks. However, it’s important to clarify whether you’ll be responsible for patching holes or if it puts your security deposit at risk before grabbing the hammer.
One of the more modern, designer-inspired approaches to displaying art is to lean it against the wall. Choose an open space and display a few pieces together in an aesthetically-pleasing fashion. Leaning your art limits any damage to the walls while looking artfully casual.
4. Rely on Textiles
While you may not be allowed to add brightly colored paint to the walls, you have endless options when it comes to textiles. Use your curtains, rugs, blankets, and throw pillows to incorporate the colors and patterns you want in a home.
The benefit of using textiles for rental décor is that they’re easy to change if you get bored and can be updated for seasonal holidays and events.
6. Swap Out Fixtures
Keep in mind that not all aspects of your rented house are inherently permanent. The fixtures— cabinet handles, lighting, etc.— can be swapped out and changed back later. For example, you might choose to replace the outdated doorknobs with something more sleek and modern. Then, you can store them away and replace them before your lease is up.
6. Add Alternative Lighting
Finally, consider alternative lighting sources as a décor piece. If the bright, basic overhead lighting doesn’t appeal to you, use an assortment of lamps as your primary lighting source. You can even get smart plugs so you can switch them on and off with your phone or have them turn on automatically to welcome you home.
With these simple decoration ideas, you can make your rented house more personal and welcoming without sacrificing your security deposit.