6 Decorating Hacks For Rented Properties

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Words by Jane Spitz
July 26th, 2019

Moving into new rented accommodation can be an exciting time. This is especially true if you’ve been living in your parent’s house all your life. But after working with moving companies and movers, your big move isn’t over just yet – you still need to make sure that your rented property will actually feel like home.

Decorating your rented property – whether it’s a house or an apartment – can be a challenge, but it can always be done. Here are some decorating hacks to help you out:

Paint It a New Colour



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Painting your rented space with another colour is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to decorate it. Sure, this property might have been painted in another colour before you started renting it but who says you have to live with it? Since you’re the one living in the property, you have the liberty to paint it in another colour — just make sure to get the all-clear from your landlord first!

Depending on your style and preference, you can choose to paint your rented property with easygoing neutrals and pastel hues or make a statement with loud and vibrant colours. Just make sure that the colour you choose actually complements the other elements of the house. You want to end up having a home which feels and looks pleasing, not something which makes you stressed.

Add in Plants



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Plants can provide a long list of benefits to homeowners and to the property itself. Investing in the right indoor plants allow your rented home to feel fresh and look beautiful while also improving the quality of air inside. Plants can also improve your productivity, especially when placed near your workspace.

If you like the sound of this decorating hack, be careful about choosing the right indoor plant for you. If you’re usually busy and don’t have much time during the day, opt for plants that require minimal maintenance. No matter how affordable or beautiful an indoor plant is, never buy it if its maintenance requirement doesn’t meet your availability!

Invest in Wall Shelves

The quality and quantity of storage in your rented property can really affect your mood every day. If you don’t have a sufficient amount of storage in your home, it’s easy to get stressed thinking about where you can hang your clothes or books for example. If you’re looking for a decorating hack which is also functional, invest in wall shelves. This is a great way of improving the storage of your rented property without compromising floor space. If you’re not allowed to drill holes in your rented accommodation, look out for shelves that are easily stuck up and taken down without leaving any permanent marks on the walls.

Choose a Rug Carefully



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Rugs are the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your space with minimal effort. With an endless array of options to choose from, you can surely find a rug which suits the overall theme of your rented property and your budget. However, when buying a rug, pay attention to its size. Buying a rug which is too small can make the room feel cramped; buying one which is too big can also make the room feel empty and hollow.

Hang Different Pictures and All Sorts of Arts

Most rented properties have limited space. But all is not lost because there are still a lot of ways for you to make your small (but charming) space more appealing – and hanging different pictures and all sorts of arts is a great start. This is also a safe alternative to liven things up if your landlord doesn’t allow you to paint the walls. Top tip: a wall mirror will make a small space look bigger and brighter so put this top of your list.



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Lighting is Key

Rented property will never be complete without proper lighting. No matter what your lifestyle is, you should have a sufficient supply of light. For you to achieve this goal, assess how you are going to use your lighting fixtures. Will you use it only for reading or only to light up an entire room? Aside from the purpose, the available space and your budget should also be considered when choosing lighting fixtures for your rented space.

Of course, you don’t have to limit your creativity to what is stated in this article. Think out of the box and use as many resources as you can. Doing all of these might be time-consuming and daunting, but once you see how attractive your rented property is, everything will be worth it in the end!


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