Decorating a Rental Property

Published: 21/06/2022

Many people moving into a rented property are unsure about what they can and can’t do to put their own stamp on it. The first step is to check your rental agreement as this will set out whether you can decorate, hang pictures or perhaps change a carpet. In some instances, a landlord may grant permission for this type of work as long as it is completed to a good standard and enhances the property but do make sure you obtain written permission before you get started.
There are, however, some decorative ideas that can be implemented that are not permanent and can be removed or rectified when you vacate the property.

  • Invest in a ‘statement’ rug. The right rug can change the look and feel of a room and create a colour scheme for you to work with. It would also have the added benefit of keeping the flooring underneath intact. Remember to note the layout and size of your room and furniture before buying. A rug that’s too small for your space may not have the impact you are looking for.
  • Think carefully about your furniture. If you are moving into an unfurnished property, choose furniture pieces that can adapt to your needs. Modular furniture is a great option – a modular sofa can be reconfigured to suit a new space or can be made bigger by adding modules if required. It’s also easier to fit modular pieces though a doorway when moving!
  • Buy some houseplants. Plants can transform a room and bring a space to life whilst also boosting your mood and wellbeing. Placing a good sized plant – perhaps a rubber tree – in an uninspiring corner can give height to a room and draw the eye away from less desirable features. It’s all about texture and natural materials to create a relaxing, calming space.
  • Light up the room! Use floor lamps, table lamps or interesting light shades to enhance the natural light in a room and to create an ambient glow during the evening. By choosing something that stands out, you can create a great feature piece which could tie in with your chosen colour scheme.
  • If you do want to hang pictures, mirrors etc, look out for Command strips or similar, these hold well and remove cleanly. Make sure you use the correct product for the weight it needs to hold.
The overall idea is that you can put together a colour scheme and ‘look’ using items that can move with you. Rental properties are often decorated in a neutral colour, meaning you can go all out with bright cushions, throws, bedlinen and lampshades to obtain a style that suits you and can evolve with you as you move and grow.
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