5 simple rental decor ideas to personalize your apartment or house

August 6, 2020

How to make your rental feel like home (without losing your security deposit!)

Making your rented apartment or house  feel like home is one of the most exciting parts of moving into a new space.

However, almost all landlords have specific guidelines about what you can and cannot modify in their rental property—which can make it challenging to find ways to decorate your new space to your liking.  

Here are five rental decor ideas to personalize your rented apartment or house that won’t hurt your security deposit: 


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#1: Hang your favorite artwork

Hanging wall decor is a great way to bring life to empty walls! Our suggestion: hang your favorite artworks and photos or create a collage of different decorative pieces.

While some landlords and property management companies may require you to patch up the holes before you leave, others may prohibit hanging decorations completely. Non-damaging adhesive wall hooks can help here, or you can decorate your walls by simply propping up your favorite artwork on the top of your tables and shelves.


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#2: Choose fun wall decals

If you aren’t able to use nails to hang wall decor, a removable wall decal is another easy solution. You can purchase a pre-made design or if you’re feeling extra creative, you can create your own design. Simply peel and stick!


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#3: Bring nature indoors

Plants come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes which makes them the perfect addition to any rental property. You can personalize them even more by choosing stylish pots that you can take with you when you move out. If you don’t have a green thumb, succulents are a low maintenance option and fake plants can also offer a similar effect.


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#4: Spruce up your windows  

As far as rental decor ideas go, curtains are on the functional side—but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. From plain to patterned, curtains not only keep out light and add privacy, but also serve as a decorative statement.


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#5: Switch up your lighting

Hang some string lights, choose a lamp shade that makes a statement, or add decorative table or floor lamps throughout your rental. Switching up your lighting is a great, practical way to personalize your space. 


If in doubt, check before you decorate

While restrictions will vary between properties, your rental lease agreement should outline exactly how extensive your decorating can be. Always make sure to check with your landlord or property management company before modifying your rental or you could run the risk of being charged a fee or losing your security deposit. 

We hope these rental decor ideas will help you make your rental feel like home! Visit our blog and keep up with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram for the latest tips for tenants.


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