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9 ideas for decorating a rental home

Decorating a rental home can be hard, because in most cases, you can’t put nails in or paint the walls. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own personal touch to your space. It is your home, after all, so you should be able to make it your own. Here are some ideas for decorating a rental home without getting in trouble with your landlord.

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Add a rug

Rugs are an easy way to liven up a room and make it feel more comfortable. Just remember that the rug doesn’t need to just be an island. You can buy one that’s big enough to fit under all the pieces of furniture in the room you’re putting it in.

Nick Acaster, Managing Director at Rugs Direct, also suggests going for a contrasting colour. “If your carpet is a low-pile neutral shade, then you should always go for a rug in a bright colour or pattern with a higher pile than your existing carpet,” he said. “Not only will it instantly put your own personal stamp on your place, but it will cover up a multitude of sins if your flooring is stained or grubby, too.”

Invest in multi-functional furniture

If you’re investing in furniture for rental properties, it should be aesthetically pleasing and functional. That way it looks great, fulfils a purpose and you can take it to your next place with you without having to worry about whether it will fit in or not.

Joanna Thornhill, stylist at Oak Furnitureland, said: “Blanket boxes can provide storage from bedding and towels in a bedroom, to shoes and toys in a living room. They can even double up as a seating bench around a dining table when you have guests, or a coffee table. In addition, nests of tables are versatile, compact and convenient for any occasion. They're handy space savers, impromptu seating, bedside tables, bookshelves, hall tables, lamp tables, drinks stations and even desks for kids.”

If you’ve already got plenty of furniture but have little space for it in your new rental apartment, why not put it in storage? Our friendly teams can help.

Use Command Strips

People often find decorating a rental home hard because they can’t put nails in the wall. That’s where Command Strips come in handy. They lock together like Velcro while sticking to both the wall and the frame. They remove cleanly without leaving holes, marks or sticky residue and come in a variety of sizes (medium strips hold up to 5.4kg in weight and large strips up to 7.2kg). You can get them from many retailers in the UK, including Amazon, Asda and B&Q.

Maximising space in a child’s bedroom

Little people often have lots of things, ranging from clothes to toys and books. When space is tight in your rental property and you find yourself without built-in wardrobes, it can be a little overwhelming when your child’s belongings begin to take over.

Clare Stubbs, from children’s bedroom specialists Room to Grow, recommends investing in clever integrated storage solutions, such as space-saving beds. “If your child is under six years old, look for a design with under-bed drawers as these are great for neatly hiding away last season’s clothes, towels or spare bedding. If your child is older than six, look to cabin beds. The comfortable but functional design of a cabin bed is fantastic for using limited space in your child’s room, through opening up additional drawer, wardrobe and shelf space under-bed – if you’d rather, it can even be transformed into an under-bed den, ideal for imaginative play.”

However, if your child’s toys are still taking over the house, you can put them in storage with us and give yourself some breathing space. We have stores around the country from Access Self Storage Northampton to Access Self Storage Southampton.

Decorating your child’s bedroom

Children spend much of their childhood in their bedroom, be it for sleep, play or work, and it’s important that their space reflects their personalities. Even in a rental property, they should feel safe and comfortable, as if it’s their own.

To bring life to a dreary, dull rental bedroom without damaging the paintwork, Clare suggests brightening up the room through carefully-chosen accessories: “Whether you introduce bursts of colour through their bedding, cushions and a rug, or opt to go all out and create a fun themed space through clever lighting, themed-furnishings (think ‘Teepee’ or ‘House’ bed designs) and bunting, accessories can transform your child’s bedroom into a unique sanctuary, optimised for sleep and play.”

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Print your own photos

It’s likely that you’ve got some photos on your phone, Instagram or Facebook profile that you like to look at, so why not print them? There are normally good offers on photo prints on Snapfish. And if you don’t want to buy lots of photo frames, you can get them printed on a freestanding canvas that you put on a shelf or table.

Cushions and throws

If you don’t want to buy your own couch but don’t like the one in your flat, you can accessorise it to make it more your style. Cushions and throws on couches, chairs and beds can give a room a splash of colour. Plus, a throw can act as a blanket for extra warmth in the winter. IKEA has a good selection of throws starting from £8.

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Consider lighting

Lamps can be a really nice way to brighten up a room. They provide softer lighting (or ‘accent lighting’) which is perfect for a party or creating a more mellow atmosphere. You can find plenty of table lamps and floor lamps that make a statement, don’t require any fitting and are easily set up.

Invest in curtains

Elinor Pitt is the co-founder of Stitched. She suggests using curtains or blinds as a way to decorate and even insulate your rental. “If your walls are neutral and your landlord won't let you paint them, you can use curtains or blinds to introduce colour and style into a space. In addition, if you have single glazed windows, go for insulating materials like wool to retain heat and keep heating costs down.”