Ways to Decorate Your Rental Home

You don’t need permission from your landlord to pull off these amazing décor ideas!

It’s true; renting your home really limits the ways you can make the space your own. Most rental agreements state that you cannot paint or add wallpaper, move walls, change the flooring, or install a fireplace. But you don’t have to do any of those things to revamp your boring rental property. All you need is to think outside the box. This list of décor ideas is landlord approved and sure to give your house or apartment a total makeover.

1) Flooring
Most rental properties come equipped with your very own drab grey carpet or outdated vinyl flooring. Of course, it never matches your décor and furniture. So what can you do? Go on the hunt for the biggest area rugs you can find with colors and prints to go along with your own personal tastes. Throw them down in the living room and bedrooms for instant new floor that can roll up and go with your when you move.

2) Walls
No, you most likely can’t paint your walls that deep red you love so much. But you can get creative with some fabrics. Purchase yourself some gorgeous fabric, light in weight, in addition to a few curtain rods. Hanging a few rods only requires some small screw holes which is usually acceptable by any rental owner. But hanging some color popping fabric on the rods will be the best thing you ever learned. Use this technique on a full wall behind the sofa or media unit to create an instant focal wall.

3) Fireplace
We know, we know. Installing a fireplace is a big no-no in a rental property. But who said anything about installing it? With modern technology, anyone can enjoy the warmth of a fireplace without having to cut a hole in the wall or even installing venting. Electric fireplaces provide the option of adding a gorgeous new piece of furniture to a space and all you have to do is plug it in. Take it one step further and build yourself a removable fireplace surround and insert an ethanol fireplace burner. The unit burns pure ethanol gas and require zero venting.

4) Small Tweaks
Of course, your landlord would probably evict you if you started tearing down walls to open up a space. But if you get creative and make small changes that can easily be put back, without a trace, then what’s to stop you from enjoying the space while you’re renting it? Take some doors off of their hinges to open up adjoining rooms like the dining or living areas to create a more open flow. Just remember to keep the hinges in a safe place so you can pop the doors back on before you move out.

There are tons of great ideas to level up the décor in your rental home, this list is just the tip of the iceberg. But after doing some of these techniques to your interior spaces, the ideas are sure to pour in. Get creative, take a weekend and turn your home into one you can be proud to share.

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  • Candace Osmond