5 tenant-friendly tips to spruce up your home


Who said you can’t spruce up the interior of a rental property to give it your own signature look?

With these tips and tricks, you can make the space suit your style without getting into trouble with your landlord:

Hide what you don’t like
Not wild about the floor? Cover it up with a few rugs to give it your own feel. When you move, just roll them up and take them with you. Similarly, cleverly placed wall art can conceal features you might not like. Before hanging art or other decorative pieces, check if you are allowed to hammer nails into the walls. If not, use lightweight artwork that can be put up using double-sided tape instead.

Peel and stick materials
Love the idea of adding some wallpaper to your space? Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to create a non-permanent feature wall without damaging the paint. You could also use decorative wall decals to liven up the walls. For kitchens and bathrooms, use stick-on tile patterns to easily update the look of the space.

Update handles
Want to add some new life to the kitchen or bedroom? One of the easiest and most affordable things to update are the handles on kitchen cupboards or bedroom wardrobes – just be sure to keep the old handles in storage somewhere so that you can easily reinstall them once your lease expires.

Fresh white interior with a boho feel. Source: Unsplash

Dress the space with movable items
The best way to decorate a rental property is to purchase your own furniture and styling items that you can easily take with you into your next home. Avoid anything that will need to be fixed to the walls. For example, instead of new light fixtures, buy floor or table lamps. Instead of wall-hung shelves, opt for a freestanding bookshelf. Instead of blinds, hang curtains. 

Bring in nature 

Spruce up a balcony or veranda with a couple of pretty pot plants to give it some life and a lush feel. Add indoor plants in stylish pots for an instant eye-catching feature. When you move, simply take the plants with you. 

Before you start redecorating, read through your lease agreement carefully or ask a real estate agency for advice to make sure you are not doing anything you shouldn’t. 

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