How To Make A Rented Home Your Own

With deposits to claim back and landlord rules and restrictions, making your own mark on your rental property can be tricky. You may be limited in your interior décor and have to live with plain walls, and utilitarian carpet put down by your landlord. Furthermore, there is always the risk that you invest in carrying out expensive renovations only for your landlord to give you notice, meaning that you will not receive all the benefits of your investment. Fortunately, however, there are many ways that you can make your own mark on your rented home that you can easily take with you should you move. Here are some tips for how to make a rented home your own.


Rugs are a great way of giving your home the look and feel of a carpet without the commitment. They can provide insulation and warmth to a hardwood floor in your hallway or living room or cover a bedroom carpet that is not to your taste. Rugs come in many different styles to suit your interior design aesthetics. Mismatched imitation Persian rugs, for instance, can give your home a bohemian look; alternatively, look for a thick piled, block colour rug to suit a paired back and minimalist home.

House plants

House plants will bring in much-needed greenery and a taste of the outdoors if you live in a rented apartment without access to your own garden. As well as providing a cheerful splash of colour and greenery, they help to clean the air in your apartment, making for a more pleasant living environment. There are many different types of attractive house plants that you can invest in, from an African Milk Tree to a Bird of Paradise. Arrange your houseplants in front of a window to make the most of the sunlight and to create a jungle-inspired display. Check out The Stem for more information on all the different types of house plants available for your home. 

Reconsider wall decorations

A plain and grubby wall can very quickly become depressing to look at and give your home a gloomy atmosphere. However, what can you do if you want to keep your deposit and your landlord has forbidden you to redecorate the walls? The answer is to think outside the box when it comes to wall decorations. For instance, instead of hanging picture frames and artwork, lean them on top of surfaces against your walls. Or you could look into alternative hanging methods, like removable wall hooks, which are less likely to leave a permanent mark on the wall when removed. 

Choose modular furniture and storage

Modular furniture and storage are great for rented properties as they can fit in rooms of any size and shape and can be easily removed and taken with you at the end of the tenancy. Reconfiguring them periodically is also a great way of refreshing and revamping your interior design for a new look every season.

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