How to Decorate a Rental Property

More and more people are renting these days and it’s not hard to see why; debt is up and so are property prices. The last thing anyone wants to do is give themselves another massive debt that could take decades to pay off. One problem with rental properties is that they tend to be bland. Here are some tips on how to decorate a rental property from property experts Tim Manning.


Change the Lighting

Most rentals come with boring and outdated lighting fixtures. You should be able to change these things if you want, and changing the lighting can make quite a big difference. One of the best things about lighting fixtures is that you can take them with you when you leave the property. Just make sure you store the original lights and put them back. Then you can take your personal lights to your next property and make it feel like home.

How to Decorate a Rental Property

Cover the Walls

Even if your landlord doesn’t let you repaint the walls, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck staring at bland white walls for your time in the property. Just take the initiative and cover them in other things. There’s no harm in making some holes in the walls, as that’s why God created spackle! Hang photos, artwork, or other decorative items to give your house some soul and cover up those depressingly blank walls.

Paint the Furniture Instead

One of the biggest problems with renting your home is being unable to paint. The reality of the situation is that you can paint something if you really want to, and that is your furniture. It is yours after all. Even if the house isn’t. Adding a fresh coat of paint to that lovely piece of furniture you find in a thrift store really gives it some new life as well. Adding some color to your home by painting your desk, armoire, and other big pieces of furniture breathes a lot of life and color into an otherwise bland rental property.

Get Removable Wallpaper

If you get too tired of your bland white walls, then you’ll want to invest in temporary/removable wallpaper. This stuff is designed with renters in mind, and there are a number of places you can find it for yourself. There are many stylish patterns that can really give your walls some brand new style. It’s easy to install removable wallpaper and you shouldn’t have any problem removing it when your tenancy is up either.

Cover Ugly Carpets with Rugs

One of the worst part of rentals is ugly carpets that stretch from wall to wall. Grab a place with beautiful hardwood floors if you can, or just use some rugs to cover up the boring beige carpets you typically get with a rental. Most people feel that rugs on carpets is a design faux-paus, but you can make it look good on neutral carpets. Which is what you get with rentals.


It’s not as difficult as you might think to redecorate a rental property and make it feel like a home. There are lots of things you can’t do – such as painting the walls – but there are more than enough things you can do to make up for it.

Erin Emanuel