Interior decorating for renters

Renting a property doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of interior decorating and putting your own stamp on a place. While painting and knocking down walls are out of the question, there is still so much you can do to give your rental property a makeover. Check out these easy and inexpensive tips for decorating your rented house. Get inspired with these tips to make a rental property your own; without upsetting your landlord!

As major structural alterations are out of the question, focus on decorative ones such as repainting the walls, changing the window treatments and lighting, hanging pictures and laying rugs.

Always consult your landlord before starting any work, and obtain permission in writing. Keep them on side by consulting them at every stage. Ensure the changes you make are easily reversible if you hope to have your bond returned when you move out. Anything you remove or disassemble, such as curtains, light fittings or doorknobs should be carefully stored somewhere free from damp or dust, and clearly labelled.


When you can’t make alterations to the actual structural elements of a property, colour becomes your new best friend. Repainting the walls of your rental home will have a greater decorative impact than just about anything else. If your landlord rejects your plans for a full paint job, suggest re-painting only one wall. A bold feature wall in an otherwise neutral space can be very effective.

Removable wall stickers or murals are an excellent way to breathe some life into a dull décor. In all sorts of styles and shapes, there really is something for everyone.

Wall decal


Disguise a drab or stained carpet with colourful and inexpensive rugs from stores such as Ikea or Freedom.

Use an extra-large area rug to give the room a whole new look or add a smaller rug to high traffic areas.

feature rug

Window dressing

Rented properties often come with dingy, outdated curtains. Take them down (storing them safely so you can put them back up when you vacate the property), and replace them with bright, modern blinds. This will totally transform the look of the rooms in your home.

If blinds aren’t your thing, replace the existing curtains (again storing them safely), with a fresh new pair that will lift your scheme and tie the whole room together.



Stuck with dated light fittings or simply a bare bulb hanging forlornly from the ceiling? Invest in statement lighting to give your rental home a lift.

A combination of table and floor lamps will help – they’ll also inject some atmosphere into the room.



Storage can be a problem for renters so get that sorted first. Go for options that functional but also look great, like vintage suitcases or colourful baskets. Think about how your furniture can double as storage, such as a chest as a coffee table or boxes kept under the bed.

Statement and modular storage can be feature walls in their own right. Make it freestanding to avoid incurring the wrath of your landlord, and then you can fill it with your favourite books and knick-knacks.


Green spaces

Bring the outdoors in by introducing plenty of potted plants to your rented pad. Consider creating a green outlook with a medley of pots and planters on the balcony – they are good for the soul and purify the air coming into the house.

Natural elements have a calming effect on interiors – plants can bring a sense of life and vitality to a dull rental. Plant a herb garden in the kitchen – put them in old vintage inspired coffee tins for extra effect! Tall plants are also a great way to cover up stained walls or annoying wires.

It may sound simple but flowers are a great way to give your home a fresh new look (and smell too)! Inexpensive but guaranteed to make your room look a million dollars.

interior plant

Flexible furniture

When buying furniture keep your options open as what works great in your current house might not suit the next place you rent. Go for a combination of inexpensive pieces which you can sell later and basic investment pieces which can be adapted for any space. A daybed makes a great couch by day and a comfy guest bed by night, and stools can be used as a seat, foot stool or table.


Artwork & Mirrors

If you’re not sure about using wall stickers, a bold piece of wall art is a great way to update the look of your rooms.

Hanging artwork around your house will personalise the space. It is so easy to create your own designer artwork and then hang it with removable adhesive hooks.

Hang a mirror in any room to make it feel bigger and lighter. Be sure to use adhesive hooks which can be removed without damaging the walls.


Cushions and throws

If you can’t paint your walls or change the carpets, you can still put your stamp on your home by using cushions and throws. They are a great way to express yourself!

Inject your living space with warmth and personality by adding textured cushions and coordinating throws. The best thing about this decorating idea is that you can simply and cheaply update the look of your room each season.

A selection of contrasting throws will make a plain and scruffy sofa look stylish and expensive. Layer the fabrics and prints for a professional interior design inspired look.


Get gorgeous bed linen

Bed linen is a great way to inject colour and pattern into a room with zero risk of jeopardising your deposit!


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Sofa – The king of your interiors

The sofa is to the living room what a little black dress is to the fashion world: an effortless and unfailing piece that you can dress up or down.

Your sofa is one of the most essential pieces for the home. It’s the piece of furniture that everything else revolves around; and it’s likely where you spend most of your time. Coffee tables and bookcases come and go, and you may have that flirty fling with the mid-century modern or rustic farmhouse look, but your sofa is a fixture that stands the test of time.

There’s no doubt about it: The sofa is a serious investment. With countless options and styles to choose, you first need to prioritize your needs.

Here are some items to consider when buying your dream sofa.

  • Before hitting the shops check the dimensions for your room and don’t forget to measure the door and windows. You need to know if one of the most import pieces of your interiors will fit in your room and also through your doorway! Make sure that the size of the sofa is right for the room. It shouldn’t overpower the room or stop the flow of traffic. Scale and proportion are both important. You might love that large sectional, but will it fit the room? Likewise, a tiny chair might be wrong in a large space.
  • Figure out how it will be used. How many people in your home need to lounge on a regular basis? Will the kids be on it? Do you want the sofa for occasional sitting or serious movie marathons?  Do you frequently host couch surfers who’ll appreciate a wider bed? More than almost anything else in your home, a sofa’s main purpose is comfort, so make sure to weigh it accordingly when making your choices.
  • Always check the quality of the sofa and how it is made. Check if it will survive years of use. A good sofa needs strong bones so check the manufacturing. Does it have a long lasting sturdy frame, a decent suspension system and appropriate cushioning? The heart of any sofa is the framework and internal supports. More-expensive ranges have a structure made of hardwood or steel, whereas less-expensive models are usually made of pine or plywood. While steel frames will certainly last, timber versions offer greater design versatility for people who wish to customise their furniture because they are easier to cut and configure.
  • Style: think if it will go with the rest of the room and your house décor. Always take in consideration how it will age. Will it be pleasing to the eye in 7 years time? Is the colour and fabric appropriate for the room?
  • Maintaining your sofa is just as important as the initial purchase. It’s also important to be mindful of the sofa’s position in a room; the Australian sun is really harsh, so always move sofas away from windows and direct sunlight. If the sofa’s seat and back covers are removable, rotate or turn them once a week to even out the pattern of wear. Vacuum weekly with low-suction and a soft-brush accessory. Wipe leather upholstery weekly with leather cleaner and nourish the surface twice a year with a leather cream.” For premium condition, it’s also worth professionally cleaning your sofa once a year.


Here are different types of sofa to get you inspired:

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camleback sofa




Lawson sofa

Mid-century modern

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The heart of the living room – styling your coffee table

Coffee table (almost) everyone has one. It needs to be beautiful, functional and always neat, not only when we receive guests! Styling it sometimes seems simple, but it is not everyone who can produce the decor in a cool and stylish way as we see in magazines.

Whether your coffee table is a DIY, a pair of cheap Ikea end tables, or the statement piece you splurged on, it’s worth taking the time to decorate and style like you would any other area of your home. After all, it’s frequently the centrepiece of many homes, especially if you live in a smaller house or apartment.

If you also suffer from this evil, follow the tips below and let this ugly-table trauma in the past!

Including these five items make styling a coffee table an easy task:

  1. Natural elements to add colour and bring the outdoors in (especially you city dwellers)
  2. Candlelight to add ambiance and possibly fresh scent to the room
  3. Books to entertain visitors
  4. Decorative accents to spark conversation among guests and add interest
  5. Tray to organize the previously stated items
  6. The secret is in balancing volumes, heights and shapes

Too Complicated? So here are some inspirations…

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Ray of light

Interior lighting is like magic which works wonders to set the right mood in a room.

Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with colour selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection.

Good use of interior  lighting will bring to life the most mundane design schemes. Put together with a great interior and you’ve got the perfect partnership.

The four basic principles of lighting are:

  • General lighting
  • Accent or feature lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Decorative lighting

It is the combination and layering of these four principles within a space that provides the key to successful lighting design.














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Store your life away

For all of us hoarders, I mean, collectors, the mere mention of organizing sound boring and exhausting. Finding creative and stylish solutions to store all our precious belongings can be difficult and sometimes expensive.

These beautiful storage solutions will help keep your home looking clean, chic and clutter-free.

Here are some images to get you inspired. Check them out and let me know which tactics you use to keep your stuff in order!









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