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How to make your rental house feel like a home

20 Nov 13

If you've just secured a rental property, you might be considering ways to turn the house into a home for you and your family.

Tenancy agreements based on real estate legislation will often prevent you from altering the structure or paint of a home, but there are plenty of smaller touches you can add to make the space seem like your own.


If the carpet is threadbare or an unattractive colour, you can quickly camouflage it by throwing down a trendy rug. You can choose from a variety of colours, styles and sizes at a range of price points, and you can move them around rooms regularly to quickly update them.

Rugs are also a great way of making cold wooden or concrete floors seem softer and more cosy.

Utilise wall space

If you're not allowed to touch the walls with a paintbrush, you might need to get a bit more creative when it comes to detracting attention away from old-fashioned wallpaper or garish colours.

Depending on your taste, there are many ways you can do this. If you're into music or the arts you can decorate walls with posters and mementos of your favourite bands, movies or stage shows. If you're an avid artist, turn a room into your gallery and display your wares on every available surface.

Almost anything can be wall-mounted these days, so if your rental is pushed for space you could consider storing items up your walls. Books, ornaments, crockery, jewellery and even shoes can all be creatively hung at different heights to add a point of difference to a room and also save as much precious space as possible.


If you have a particularly outlandish or lavish sense of style but feel like you can't express that in a rental home, think again. You can simply channel these energies into smaller pieces and choose an outrageously bright and patterned duvet cover, the most exquisite dining table you can find or the funkiest clock you've ever seen.

Don't let the fact that you can't paint the walls deter you from expressing yourself in your new home!