Top Tips for Decorating a Rental House

In this article, we will look at how to personalise and decorate your rental home. Continue reading for some fresh ideas for making your house a home.

Is renting a bad thing?

Renting carries a lot of negative stigma, and it is frequently referred to as “dead money,” with the argument that it should only be temporary.

However, renting is the best option for some people. It can be a temporary solution that allows them to live somewhere they otherwise would not be able to, without the additional costs of house repairs! Renting is not a bad option for many people.

Many people use renting as a stopgap measure before purchasing a home. This provides the independence of moving out while saving for a home. It’s also a great way to try out living with someone before deciding to buy a house.

The problems associated with renting

Although renting can be a great option, it does have some drawbacks. For example:

  • The cost of renting a home is commonly significantly higher than the cost of a mortgage, resulting in higher monthly outgoings.
  • Because you don’t own the house, it can be difficult to feel completely at ease or settled, as the landlord has the right to ask you to leave at any time (while legally abiding to the agreed contract).
  • It can be difficult to get repairs done at times, especially if the landlord or managing company is difficult to reach.
  • The landlord has the right to raise the rent at any time. Because it is ultimately their home, they are free to charge whatever they deem appropriate.

Ideas for decorating a rental house

As previously stated, renting is a great option for some and a temporary solution for others – so make the most of your situation by renting.

Making your house your own, whether in terms of aesthetic or decoration, is one way to make the most of your rental experience.

Here are some decorating ideas and tips for turning a rental house into a home:

Ask your landlord or letting agency

One of the first things you should do is ask your landlord or letting agency what you can and cannot do. Some landlords may allow you to paint on the walls, while others will not. Even if your decorations are only temporary, it’s always better to be safe and ask.

Look for inspiration

If you’re looking for rental home decor ideas, look to others for inspiration! Pinterest, TikTok, and Instagram have a plethora of temporary rental house design ideas that can help you get started.

Stick on tiles and flooring

Flooring and tiles are expensive to install from scratch, but temporary stick on tiles and flooring can completely transform your floor and walls. 

One of the best parts about this type of decorating is that when you’re ready to move out, you simply unstick and peel up, leaving no mess behind. 

It’s an excellent way to give your home the desired aesthetic without making any permanent changes.

Command strips and hooks

When it comes to receiving your deposit back, leaving holes in the wall or having peeling paint is a big no-no.

Using Command strips and hooks, you can hang art, photos, and other items without damaging the walls.

Buy a rug

Although it is a simple suggestion, having a rug can completely transform a room! Whether it’s a small or large rug, it will make your room cosier and could cover any rental carpet you don’t like.

Decorate with plants, art and lights

Plants are an excellent way to turn your fingers green while also boosting the appearance of your home. There is a huge selection of small and large house plants available to suit your mood!

Putting art on the walls can be a game changer – even if you only get one piece, looking through artwork and selecting something to add to your home is exciting. If you don’t want to buy one, how about making your own?

Rental homes can be quite dark or basic at times. Adding fairy lights, lamps, and LEDs is a great idea! This way, you can brighten up the space and take them with you when you move.

Save space with furniture

Consider the furniture you have if your rental home doesn’t have a lot of space. You can buy a wide range of space-saving furniture that provides the functionality you require while preserving the valuable space you need.

Make it your own

Make your mark on the place! It’s important to feel at ease and comfortable in your own home, whether you’re renting a room or an entire house. Make it your own in whatever way you see fit – you’re paying for it, and it’s your place to unwind.

Can you save to buy a house while renting?

You can absolutely save for a house while renting, and the majority of first-time buyers do.

Although it will inevitably be more difficult to save than it would be for someone with no other outgoings, it is possible.

If you’re currently renting and thinking about making the switch to buying a home, contact Sett Mortgages today to find out how we can help.


  • Elliott Benson

    Meet Elliott, a seasoned mortgage broker with over nine years of experience in property, and the founder of Sett Mortgages. With a background as a sales negotiator and mortgage services manager, he is a trusted professional with extensive knowledge in all things mortgages. Elliott's empathetic approach and clear communication style make him an approachable expert, decoding the complexities of mortgages for clients from diverse backgrounds. He stays up-to-date with the latest trends and regulations, offering cutting-edge solutions tailored to clients' needs. Committed to their financial well-being, he guides them through the mortgage process, ensuring countless successful and satisfied clients. Elliott's passion extends beyond his practice; he's a prolific writer, sharing his knowledge and insights in industry publications and blogs. His mission is to empower others with the information they need to make sound financial decisions.

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