When it comes to interior decoration and design, there’s a bit of a misconception out there that renting a property means you can’t style it to your own personal taste. But while you might not be able to change your carpet or kitchen cabinetry, there are definitely some simple and effective ways you can decorate a rental property to completely transform the space and make it your own!
Whether you’re renting a one bedroom studio apartment or a large family home, you don’t need to feel entirely restricted by the existing design of the house when it comes to styling and decor. Our interior stylists are experts at using small changes to make a big impact, which is a great approach to follow for renters who need to be mindful when decorating their home.
If you’re struggling to put your own personal stamp on your rental property without breaking any rules, read on for 4 easy decorating tips for renters to help you create a cosy space that you truly love!
Add colour through your decor
Okay, so you can’t re-paint your walls, but there’s nothing stopping you from adding colour into your home through a million other creative ways! Your furniture and decor selections are the perfect simple solution for bringing colour into your rental property.
Whether it's bright, vibrant tones or a more soft and muted palette, here are just a few home styling ideas to get you started:
- Introducing statement cushions, rugs and other textiles in your living areas and bedrooms
- Choosing an upholstered bedhead
- Displaying colourful artworks around the home
- Using furniture and decor pieces with coloured accents like side tables, armchairs and vases
The possibilities are endless, and it just goes to show that painting your walls isn’t the only way to add some beautiful shades and tones into your space.
Utilise open shelving
For renters limited on storage, why not consider some open shelving to create a focal point that is not only beautiful, but also practical?
Open shelving is the perfect way to store and display books, homewares and other trinkets that you might not have enough built-in storage for at your rental property. Instead of cluttering up coffee tables and benchtops, a modern open shelf, timber ladder or bookcase can be a beautiful addition to a living room, hallway or home office.
Go green with plants
Plants can really make such a huge impact on any room, helping to breathe some life into the space! If you’re struggling to fill empty corners or tie a cohesive look together with your rental property, why not introduce some plants to create a beautiful flow throughout the home?
There are so many creative ways to display plants, from big statement pots to woven baskets and plant stands. It could even be as simple as some greenery sprigs in vases for your dining table and bathroom surfaces. If you're not a natural green thumb, you can use high-quality artificial plants to give you the same effect.
Choose statement artwork
And finally, one of the easiest ways for renters to completely transform a space - beautiful artwork!
Adding some hero pieces of artwork into your rental property can not only help to add colour, texture and detail, but can even make rooms look bigger, brighter and more appealing. With so many different wall mount options nows available for renters, it’s also completely damage-free. For help choosing the right artwork for your space, you can check out our previous blog post here.
Renting a property doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your own interior style! Just keep these simple rental decorating ideas and tips in mind, and you’ll be able to create a beautiful home sanctuary without breaking any of the rules. Why not get started by browsing our range of furniture and homewares online, or in-store at our Tweed Heads showroom?
Our team of interior stylists and designers are also here to help if you need some home styling advice, inspiration or recommendations for furniture, artwork and decor selections - we've worked on a range of homes on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay. You can get in touch with our team here for more information!