Decorating a Rented Home: Tips & Tricks

Decorating a rented home can seem cumbersome. Between worries of losing that hefty security deposit and investing resources in someone else’s house, most people avoid decorating like the plague. But in reality, decorating a rental isn’t really as difficult as you may think. While there are structural elements that your landlord may object to your tinkering with, there are dozens of ways you can add life to your new home and keep your landlord happy.

Walls speak volumes, but overhauling them with paint or wallpaper isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, primarily because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, there are several alternatives that you could resort to, to spruce up your walls.
Doilies, for instance, are extremely versatile in their application. Though these openwork mats originated as ornamental napkins in the seventeenth century, they now sit in urban homes as place mats and decorative accents. Yet, doilies make stunning wall features too. If the light in your home is plentiful, cut pastel shaded doilies in half and secure them to a string along your window, as a décor accessory. This will allow the sun to play through the latticework and form marvellous patterns inside your home. Alternatively, you can even secure strings along your wall in repeated horizontal reams, or paste your doilies directly on to the wall with painters’ tape. 

If you would rather feature solid, bold accents on your wall, DIY doily frames are ideal. And they’re so easy to make! All you need are doilies in several shapes and colours, embroidery hoops that are roughly the same size as your doilies, a needle and some embroidery floss. 

Start by placing your doily on an embroidery hoop and fastening the edges over the side of the hoop. Then, start stitching the edge of the doily on to the hoop.


As you continue to stitch the sides of the doily all the way around the embroidery frame, you’ll see that the frame acts as a sturdy backdrop for the doily. This means that you can hang it on your walljust the way it is. By creating doily frames in various colours and sizes, you can create a gorgeous montage. White walls usually complement pastel colours well, so if your home is a sanctum of white, try opting for a mix of pastel hued doilies as feature items. 


Scrapbook walls are also great options, and are much easier to put together. Remember to use painters’ tape instead of regular tape to avoid peeling the paint off the walls whilst removing it.

Tacking nails to walls can be exhausting, and can leave giant gaping holes when taken down. What it also means is that your photo frames tend to be governed by the coordinates of the nails on your walls. There’s a simple solution to this problem: Velcro walls. Line your walls with strips of Velcro and attach the backs of your frames with some too. You can reposition your frames, add new ones and give your wall a fresh new look whenever you want. 

Indoor ladder gardens can immediately infuse a zen vibe into the room. Because ladders are tall, they can ‘lift’ your ceiling, and make the room look larger than it is. For more impact, pair two ladders together and layer your garden with different shades of flowers. 

Turning a house into your home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Use our tips to transform your new house and let us know how it went! 

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