Decorating a Rental Property
Oct 02, 2018
“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.”
Whether you live in an apartment, a house, in a duplex, or on an acreage, we all love a place to call home, and nothing makes a building feel more comfortable and inviting than adding your own personality to it. But how can you do that when you are renting? Here are some tips to decorating your rental without breaking your bond.
Nothing says fresh and clean more than some well tended-to plants. Adding plants to your home can help improve air quality, brighten up a space, and encourage a hobby. Best of all, renters can take them with you when it is time to move on. Just bear in mind that you choose suitable locations for your plants and pots so that they are not resting on any surfaces that will cause water & mulch stains or damage to flooring or walls.
Not so green-thumbed but love the look? There are plenty of affordable faux plants available in the marketplace, like Kmart for example, and are perfect for those with busy lifestyles.
Rest Artwork, Rather Than Hang.
Sick of bare walls but reaaalllly don’t want to risk the paint? Rest your artwork, rather than hang it. On trend, and easy to rearrange when you need a change, placing a piece of art on top of a buffet, entertainment unit etc can really change the feel of a room.
If you don’t have space to rest and want to hang frames and artwork, use removable hooks. Just remember that if there is any damage to the paint from the hooks (it happens, even when the packaging says it won’t), the tenant is responsible for restoring the wall/paintwork back to its original condition at the end of the lease. It also goes without saying, don’t rest heavy or fragile frames where they could potentially be pulled down by a child.
Neutral Furniture and Statement Accessories.
If you’re planning on renting for the long-term, when purchasing staple furniture items, go neutral. There’s less chance of clashing with a homes existing wall colour, exposed brickwork and/or flooring. It also allows you to easily (and a lot more affordably) change up the overall feel and colour scheme of the space using cushions, artwork and smaller decor items.