9 Affordable Ways to Add More Personality to Your Rental

Decor Tips for Renters

I’ve become interior obsessed lately and constantly find myself fighting the desire to embark on a dramatic project. Unfortunately I don’t have anywhere to channel this creative energy, because I’m currently living in my childhood bedroom whilst I save to buy my own place, so I have to live vicariously through Pinterest.

If you’re also limited in what you can do when it comes to interiors – whether that’s because you’re renting or living with family – here are 9 simple and affordable ways to add more personality to your space without going wild…

Patterned Rugs

Rental Decor Ideas Statement Rug

Don’t like your carpeting? No problem. Disguise unappealing flooring with inexpensive rugs in bold and funky patterns. Urban Outfitters have a surprisingly brilliant selection, as do Oliver Bonas and IKEA. Image via The Every Girl.

Customised Furniture

If you don’t have a generous budget for furniture get creative and update old or thrifted pieces. This affordable Target nightstand originally looked very different, but with a paint job and the addition of some statement wallpaper it’s become a fashionable feature piece. Tutorial via A Beautiful Mess.

DIY Palm Leaf Bedside Table

Visitor Walls

Home Decor Ideas Visitor Wall

Create a visitor wall by pinning fun polaroid selfies of friends and family to your fridge or the back of a door. The memories will soon start to build up until becomes a who’s who of your life. Image via Design Sponge.

Bar Carts

Everyone has gone crazy for bar carts lately, and it’s easy to see why. They add a playful and retro touch to living spaces and are easily repurposed too. If you rarely entertain at home display magazines, makeup and shoes on a bar cart instead. Image via Style Me Pretty.

Rental Decor Bar Cart

Gallery Walls

Gallery Wall

If you’re desperate for a gallery wall, but can’t leave too many marks, get creative and prop artwork against walls or group together on shelves. Just remember that less is often more: the finished result should look well-thought-out rather than cluttered. Image via Hipvan.

Rainbow Bookshelves

Make a feature of your shelving if you’re a bit of a bookworm and organise your literary collection by colour. The rainbow effect is incredibly cheerful and can be made even more special when you break up the display with interesting objects and fashion accessories. Image via Rue Magazine.

Color Coded Bookcase

Creative Corners

Rental Apartment Decor Ideas

No space should go ignored, so make the most of empty corners by displaying flowers, plants and statement heels on top of stacks of magazines and coffee table books. Image via My Domaine.

Feature Lights

Make a bold statement with a decorative feature light. They look fantastic hung over dining tables, and needn’t be expensive. The light shade pictured to the right is from IKEA and was spray-painted white for maximum impact. Image via Cup of Jo.

Feature Lampshade

Contrasting Cushions

Palm Leaf Cushions

Soft furnishings are the easiest way to give your home an on-trend update, so splash out on some bold cushions or bedding. Banana and palm leaf motifs are currently THE hot interior look, and H&M Home is the place to go if you want in on the style. Image via Makeup by Tiffany D.

What are your favourite ways to bring more personality into the home?

P.S. The H&M Home lookbook that is the stuff of Pinterest dreams

{Featured image via Anthropologie}


  1. Great post! I really love the first picture.


  2. AlisonSheath says:

    The customised bed side table is gorgeous, the subtle addtion of the bold print is great. Great suggestions x

  3. Katie Skilton says:

    Hello Ella – I love the first header image of the dressing table – can you tell me where this is from? I am trying to find a suitable dressing table at the moment and I LOVE THIS. Thank you


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