Renting does not mean you have to set aside your desire to have a swoon-worthy homestead. Whether you’re planning to stay for the short- or long-term, here are some of my favourite tips for decorating your rental to make it feel like home.
#1: Breathe some life into it with plants, hunny!
Adding some greenery to your place can really give it life, so to speak, and offer a beautiful, luscious feel. Depending on how much space you have, consider one or two larger floor plants as well as a couple of smaller potted plants. If you are limited in terms of natural light, there are some great low-light plant options.
If you have a black thumb (that’s the opposite of a green thumb), you can invest in a couple high quality artificial plants. Wipe them with a damp cloth once a month to keep them looking great. Check these ones out:For some beautiful pots and stands, I suggest checking out Homesense and Structube.
#2: Add some personality with curtains
Beyond just being functional, curtains can serve as a great design element by adding a pop or colour, pattern and/or texture to a room. Some of my favourite trends are velvet curtains in shades like dark green, navy blue and blush pink. Patterned curtains can add a fun splash of personality to an otherwise understated decor. Take it up a notch with a double rod so you can layer different types of curtains, like cotton and sheers, solid colours and patterns, two different colours. When buying curtains, consider the height of the walls and windows you’re covering. Hang your curtain rod higher than the top of the window and ensure your curtains reach all the way to the floor. You will likely have to hem them (or have them hemmed) so they sit just above the floor and are the perfect fit (tip: don’t go too short!).
Check out the ‘How To’ board on my Pinterest page for some great tips on how to hang curtains like a pro!
#3: Let there be light...with lamps!
Let there be light! Pendant lamps, wall sconce lamps, floor lamps and table lamps - the possibilities are endless. Adding some interesting lighting to your rental is a great way to add some design flare and the best part is, like everything else on this list, you can take them with you when you move! You can play with different colour temperatures like cool and warm light, but try to stick to one tone per room for a consistent feel. LED bulbs will last longer and help keep your utilities bill low.
#4: Jazz it up with cushions and throws
Cushions and throw blankets are an awesome way to add colour to your space. Consider buying cushions and separate covers and so you can easily swap the covers from season to season or when you get bored of the current colour palette. Mix some solid colours with patterned cushions, patterns with patterns and aim for a couple different sizes. These bad boys offer a great opportunity to infuse the space with lots of style. Check out H&M Home for some great options.
#5: Make it feel like home with wall art & mirrors
You can have some fun with wall art, whether you opt for one large statement piece, a picture ledge with a variety of frame sizes and styles, or a gallery wall, adding art to your walls is key to a finished look in any room. Invest in some 3M Command Strips so you can easily hang your art without having to put holes in the walls. These are especially handy if you’re doing a gallery wall! Consider adding mirrors throughout your space as well to create a brighter and more spacious feel. My favourite stores for fun and affordable wall art and mirrors are IKEA, Structube and Homesense (are you noticing trend?).
#6: Invest in area rugs
Lastly, rugs! While rugs tend to be a bigger investment, they go a long way in adding style to your home. Some beautiful trends right now are jute rugs, muted colourful patterns and and natural geometric patterns. Round rugs are a neat way to define an area within a room, like a reading corner or entryway, if space provides. Don’t forget about a runner rug to jazz up an otherwise boring hallway! Rugs are great for mitigating noise transfer, too, so if you live in a multi-unit space or an older home with creaky floors - rugs help! Check out Wayfair for some great options and prices.
Sizing can be a bit tricky and you want to get it right since you’ll likely be dolling out a pretty penny. My best tip - bigger is better! In a living room, for instance, you’ll want your rug to tuck under the front legs of each piece of furniture. Check out my Pinterest page for some great guides to help you choose the right size rug for your space.
I hope you found this post helpful! Get in touch by clicking below if you have any questions or need advice decorating your rental!