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Decorating Ideas for your rental property

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Are you desperate to update your rental space to make it feel more like a home but you’re not sure where to start? I have pulled together my budget friendly and temporary DIY ideas that will help you create a beautiful space and make your rental feel like the home you deserve!

Before we start, it’s important to note that all tenancy agreements can vary, so before you get going make sure you check the restrictions you might have in place. Some landlords don’t allow significant changes or changes to paint on the walls, where as others are pretty flexible! The last thing you want is to lose your deposit so it’s best to avoid making any permanent changes!
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First up, adding colour to a space doesn’t necessarily need to be done through paint! Firstly, removable wallpaper! This does exactly what it says on the tin, you can easily install it and when you no longer want it up you can easily remove it! There are plenty of options available online (try Spoonflower). You could also consider wall decals, again they are easy to apply and can easily be removed! (try Photowall). Another option is add some colour and personality through adding a gallery wall! You can even do this using command hooks so you don’t even need to put nails in the walls!

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Photo: Francesca Harris Design

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Next up, instead of focusing on the walls, focus on the soft furnishings - think cushions, curtains and rugs. They’ll add warmth, texture and depth to the space and you can change them as often as you like!

Don’t forget your furniture - this can be the expensive part, but why not consider looking in the charity shops or upcycling some of the furniture you already have! These days you can get some lovely stains or paints for furniture, or why not add some wallpaper to the back of a bookshelf or front of a chest of drawers? Even adding some new hardware to furniture can make all the difference!

Photo: Pinterest

Also, think about your flooring, just like with the wallpaper you can get some temporary flooring tiles that can be easily removed! So if that bathroom flooring is a bit grubby and could do with a refresh then check them out (try B&Q)

Lighting can also make a bit difference to how your space will look and feel, the key here is layered lighting, which means you need to think about lighting at different levels of your room, so ceiling, wall, table and floor lighting. Remember to consider how the lighting will look when it is not in use, so going for a lamp with a unique design will add interest to the room even when it’s not in use.

Lastly, don’t forget to add in some greenery through house plants and consider rearranging your furniture – even just a slight mix up in layout can make a real difference in how you use the space and therefore how you feel in it!


If you could still do with a helping hand then get in touch and see how we can help! A little creativity can go a long way and create a space you love without affecting your deposit!

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