Tips for Decorating Your Rental Property

Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Wall decor

If you rent, you likely know the feeling of not being able to decorate the way you want. This can be disappointing because the rental is still your home. Having a calm place to come to after a tiring day is a peaceful feeling that anyone, even renters, should be able to enjoy. If you rent, here are some tips that can help you make the place your own!

Talk to the landlord first

Before signing a contract, bring up all the ideas you may have for decorating the rent home. You can make a vision board of how you want the place to look and present it to the landlord. This will help them decide if your choices are acceptable and will also allow them to update the rental agreement if necessary.

Consider painting

Don’t be afraid to ask them if you want to paint the property a different color.  Some landlords actually say yes to this, but keep in mind you may have to paint it back to the original color before you move out.  

On your vision board, you may want to show your landlord how painting small details like stripes or designs can create a whole new feel. For example, a design above the headboard in the master bedroom can elevate the appearance. Even a jungle or unicorn design on one side of your children’s room can enhance the comfort of the home.  

What about hanging pictures?

If you’re a seasoned renter, you’ve likely heard the phrase “no nails or screws allowed” many times. When it comes to hanging pictures on the wall, we suggest using hanging strips instead. These are great because you can not only hang beloved pictures but artwork, coat hangers, shadow boxes, or even plants. There are a lot of brands on the market that offer removable adhesive strips. Just be sure to pick one that will not peel paint!

Furniture is an easy choice

The furniture you pick out for your home should depict who you are and bring you comfort. For furniture and accessories, look into bargain and used furniture stores. Amazon, eBay, and other websites are also great places to go for inexpensive home decor that will look great. Facebook Marketplace is another place to look for bargains when decorating your rental house. Just be sure to inspect whatever you are buying before you purchase it. Used furniture can sometimes come with unexpected surprises. 

Change out door handles and other replaceable items

Another great decorating idea is to change door and cupboard handles, curtain rods, and light switch covers to accent and personalize your space. Just make sure that if you change these items out, put them in a safe place. You will need to put them back when you leave and take yours with you. Also, ask the landlord if this is allowed before switching anything out. It is likely that there will be no problems, but it is better to check first.

Use area rugs

Decorative area rugs can accent any room in your rent home, creating a homey atmosphere and extra warmth in the winter. They also cover up flaws on carpets and floors if there are any. Dust in the Texas Panhandle is a given and decorative rugs are washable, so they are an efficient way to keep your home looking clean and bright.

Get some throw blankets and pillows

Designer throw blankets are a plus to use on couches, chairs, doorway benches, fireplace mantels, entertainment centers under the TV, and more. There are so many styles available from designer options to choices with your favorite superhero. Like rugs, these are washable so they aren’t hard to clean.

Another way to decorate your rent home is to use pillows. These also come in a variety of styles, for both indoor and outdoor use, so you are sure to find something that fits your needs. They won’t cause any harm to the rent house and can spice up the feel of your home quickly. 

Buy some plants

Plants, whether real or artificial, can add personality to the atmosphere of your home. Fake plants can be used throughout the property and will only need to be dusted. Real plants can help bring oxygen into your home, but you should be careful when watering them so as not to damage the floors. Also, if you have pets, don’t get anything that could be poisonous to them. 

Ready to rent?

If you are looking for a quiet rental home in a country-like setting, then Highland Park Village is the right place for you. Since 1971, we have had the same management team and ownership. Come see us at 13300 Bandera Drive or call us at  806-335-1451 to learn more. You can also check out our Available Properties to see what is open.