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6 ways to personalise and decorate a rented home without making permanent changes

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

It can feel quite tricky trying to personalise and decorate a rented home because many landlords don't allow any permanent changes to be made to their properties.

The changes that you can make depend on the landlord and what they allow. For example, some landlords are happy to allow rooms to be painted or slightly altered, providing you return the property to its original state.

Take a look at the 6 tips below to see how you can decorate and personalise a rented home without having to pick up a paint brush.

1. Buy a statement rug

One of the easiest ways to inject colour and style into a room is through a statement rug. Choose a rug that shows off your style and personality. As a bonus, it will hide dull carpets or cheap linoleum!⁠

2. Invest in light fixtures

Lamps not only serve a purpose but they also add style to a room. Choose a lamp that stands out to make it more of a feature piece. ⁠

3. Hang artwork, photographs and wall hangings (without nails)

Personal photos, wall decor and your favourite pieces of art will instantly make a space feel more personal, which will dramatically change the atmosphere and give you a cosy and homely feel. You can use damage-free picture hanging strips and easily-removable tape to hang your frames, so no nails required!⁠

4. Pick stylish storage

Let's face it, we all need storage but when you may not be able to screw anything to the wall, it needs to be moveable yet stylish. Try storage baskets, as these will fit into any scheme and work in all rooms. ⁠

5. Add plants

I know this is my go to with a lot of tips, but honestly, plants make a HUGE difference to a room. They brighten up every room, bring a space to life and actually improve your mood and wellbeing. Win win! 🍃⁠

6. Create layers

One of my favourite tricks to instantly make a rental place feel like home is to simply add soft furnishings like cushions, throws, curtains, rugs etc. By adding and creating layers, you make a house feel homely and lived in. Think of your space in terms of layers and build it up with textiles, colours, patterns and lighting to bring warmth to the room. If you are unsure how to start, find one dominant fabric that you love; maybe it is a design in the curtains or rug. Then start to layer by adding smaller-scale fabrics such as lampshades or cushions.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of these in your rental home.

Iconik Interior Design Services

Whatever the size of your project, I always begin with a 60 minute Design Consultation at your home. In this meeting, we’ll talk through the scope of your project including the functionality, aesthetic, budget etc. and take a look at the area you want to transform. We can discuss initial design ideas, inspiration, recommendations and so on.

Some people find this initial design consultation enough for what they need and are happy to move forward on their own, whilst others will have additional work they need me to help them with. Once I have a better idea of scope, I will then go away and prepare a fee proposal for any additional work you might need help with. You can then decide whether or not you would like to proceed on that additional work together.

A Design Consultation with me is £200 (travel cost outside 30 mile radius of Ipswich, Suffolk will apply). Drop me an email to book -


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