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Affordable Decorating Tips for Renters

Posted on 04 January 2016

Renting – with approximately 35% of Americans now deciding that home ownership is not the preferred option for them, renting is big business. Providing a myriad of properties of all shapes and sizes, the image of home rental is changing for the better, often providing an affordable and flexible alternative to the constraints of owning your own four walls.

But along with all the positives, it is fair to say that renting can ultimately come with the drawback of being limited to what you can, and can’t do with the interior and exterior of your rental accommodation. Landlords often want to stick to neutral paint color palettes, easy to maintain flooring and plain furniture in order to make their property appeal to a wide market. However, with a bit of creative flair, and without a huge budget, you can easily transform your rental property into your dream home without upsetting anyone in the process.


Art with a heart

Wall art not only personalizes your living space, but can also create an image that is aspirational, can bring back warm memories and can also instantly add a contemporary feel. The paint on the wall may lack color but wall art can transform a room with a burst of color and personality. Even better for renters, pictures can be hung on a simple hook which the vast majority of landlords will not object to.

 Framed Art Bedroom View of Sea


Nobody ever said that art can only be a painting, so make it personal with a quirky sign that brings your very own personality into your rental space.


Signs with a positive vibe make a rental property feel more like home and enhance a neutral wall color.


License Plate Sign Art



It is likely that your rental property will come with minimalistic lighting options that are not designed to be statement pieces, but by adding your own selection of table lamps, floor lights, lanterns and even candles, you can lighten up your living space, and mood, whilst creating a warm and friendly ambience.

 Floral Petal Lamp Base

Choose lighting that enhances your living space by being that piece that demands attention and is a real statement, as that increases the feeling of the property feeling like your own and not rented.



From the ultra-modern, to the quirky, to even the fashionable reclaimed, your choice of furniture is a simple and affordable way of adding your design style to your rental property.

 Wood Coffee Table Storage

Even if your property is ready furnished, ask your landlord if any unused or unwanted furniture can go in to storage so you can move your stylish alternatives in. 

Choose classic pieces that can go with you when you next move with the ability to fit in to any color scheme.

Sometimes the very simplest of items can make the biggest style impact so trust your design instincts.


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