Top tips for temporarily decorating your rental home

One of the first things tenants want to do when moving into a new property is make it their home. The majority of newly let rental properties will have neutral decor, so adding your own touches and style through decor is a great way to achieve this.

However, with rental agreements differing from landlord to landlord, it’s fair to say that some are more willing to accept cosmetic changes than others.

LOVESPACE experts offer their advice to tenants on the best ways to decorate their property without risking the loss of their deposit.

For those looking to make improvements to their home but struggling because of the limitations of their rental agreement, there are plenty of ways to make temporary changes without damaging the property.

Adhesive strips

When you want to avoid banging nails into the wall and causing damage, adhesive strips can be the answer. These strips are great for picture frames, for holding LED lights in place, and even for organizing cables. If you’re worried about hanging a taller object like a mirror, it’s best to pair it with a centerpiece like a tall vase and lean it against the wall. It might not seem like the most glamorous method, but it can be an eye-catching feature that differs from the norm.


Cushions, curtains and throws are great for adding pops of color to any room, although they’re the most obvious choice. Choosing bed linens, towels, and even tea towels to match the surrounding area are more unique ways to add depth to a room. Try matching the bed linen to the shades of the rug or curtains to create a peaceful haven.

Removable wallpaper and flooring

When you don’t have the option of painting the walls or changing the floor, it can be difficult to give the property a personal touch. That’s where the beauty of adhesive wallpaper and flooring comes in. The adhesive backing allows for easy application and removal from most surfaces. With online and in-store retailers offering designs ranging from bohemian chic to art deco, floral and industrial, there is a solution to give any property some personality.

Change handles

When renting, you are unlikely to be able to make major changes to key areas of the house like the kitchen. So if the kitchen looks dated, it can easily be transformed into an inviting space by simply changing the handles. Chrome details can add a modern touch to kitchen cabinets and should be easy enough to change with a screwdriver.

Add greenery

Plants can literally breathe new life into a dull room. Choose peace lilies that can thrive in low light conditions (perfect for apartments) or opt for succulents that are low maintenance. Not only can plants make a space more aesthetically pleasing, but they also have many health benefits. They can purify the air, relieve stress and improve concentration – perfect for those who work from home.

Radiator covers

In some cases, even a coat of paint can’t save an ugly radiator, so it may be best to cover them completely. Radiator covers can turn a metallic eyesore into a unique room focal point. Most wooden covers can slide over a radiator without the need for DIY. These covers can be expensive depending on the size and material, so for a more affordable alternative, opt for a radiator wrap instead.


Whether you have cold vinyl flooring or just carpet that needs covering, rugs are the way to go. In addition to covering up any unwanted floor accidents, rugs are a great way to zone certain areas. Use circular rugs under circular dining tables to make them more inviting and help separate the space from the kitchen.

Buy a second hand

When you move into an unfurnished property, you have the opportunity to add personality to every room. Buying new items can be expensive, while you can buy used items at a more affordable price and sometimes even for free. Online marketplaces are a gold mine for used furniture and there are unique pieces just waiting to be found.

Clear the clutter

If the furniture in your new property doesn’t quite match your decorating plans or you just have too many belongings, storing them in a storage space can help you get a blank canvas. Storing winter clothes, unwanted furniture, and other seasonal items is a great way to achieve a minimalist look.

A LOVESPACE spokesperson said: “It’s important that before making any changes to a rental property, ask your landlord’s permission – no matter how important the decision.

“It’s often assumed that landlords won’t let you make changes to the property, but that’s not always the case. Whether it’s a simple lick of paint or a nail in the wall, it’s always worth asking. If the owner thinks it could make their property more valuable, they are more than likely to say yes.

“Even if your landlord refuses any alterations to the property, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your space with simple furnishings.”

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