7 Tips for Decorating a Rental Home or Apartment

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Renting your place and want to make it feel like home?

It can be tough because you often cannot take on major reno projects when you rent. And while a coat of paint can brighten and freshen up any space, if you’re renting your home or apartment, you likely not only need your landlord’s permission to paint, but also their approval on the colours you choose….plus you’ll have to patch up holes in the walls too. That’s not always fun or easy or possible.

Sigh…is it worth decorating a rental house?

Yes! Don’t let the fact that you rent hold you back from having a home you love!

You can make your rental home or apartment your own by adding personal touches through non-permanent means. There are lots of great apartment decorating ideas out there, especially if you are on a budget. We've compiled our favourite below.

7 Tips for Decorating Your Apartment or Rental Home.

Pillows & Blankets

Throw pillows and blankets are easy ways to add colour to your home and to make a room look more polished and ‘homey’. Pillows and blankets also make your furniture more cozy to curl up on and enjoy. Pillows comes in so many different shapes, sizes, colours and materials/textures, you'll be sure to find something that reflects your personality or the look you are trying to acheive. We have pillows for each season, which is actually very easy and affordable. The secret is to buy a couple of full pillows with sham once, and only invest in the shams going forward. Indigo, Amazon and IKEA are inexpensive sources.  

Top 9

Why limit your awesome pictures to Instagram? Choose your favourites, get them printed and put into different sized frames. Both HomeSense and Winners offer a wide selection of frames that don’t break the bank. You can also consider printing some of your absolute favourites (you know, the ones you never get tired of looking at) on canvas or framed canvas. Having your top 9 (or top whatever you want) will instantly make your place your own. Plus, for the frames you purchased, you can easily change things up by printing different pictures and swap them out.

Door, Drawer & Cupboard Handles

We love freshening up a kitchen or dresser with new handles or knobs. We especially love going to Home Depot and browsing through their various bins. Knobs are usually much cheaper than handles and there lots of options to choose from. A nice faux crystal knob helps add some light to your space, or there’s solid black knobs for a more modern look. Make sure you keep the old handles and knobs in a Ziploc bag so that you can swap them back on upon move out.

Think About the Floor

Consider adding a rug to a main living space, not just to soften the acoustics, but to add a bit of colour and some of your personality. This is likely essential if your rental has ugly floors. IKEA, Home Depot, and even your local rug store, all have a lot of variety of rugs and lots of price points. You’re bound to find something that matched your personality and your budget. We’ve even found some cool rugs at Canadian Tire (on sale too!).


Rentals often having simple lighting that may often be inadequate to truly brighten a room. Or they may have florescent lighting that is harsh and a little too blinding, especially in the early morning or at night. Table side lamps, with energy saving LED, and floor lamps, can help add more light to a dark space, create a cozy atmosphere when you don’t want bright lights, and they can also be statement pieces in a room. Lights usually add up, so you’ll want to shop around for these. Maybe invest in a solid table lamp to start, and then search for a cool lamp shade to help tie your room together. You can also go to your local lighting store, who are more focused on selling high-end light fixtures, and see if they have a floor model or two they’re looking to offload.


Curtains can instantly help you add colour to any room. These are really great if your landlord is tied to white walls! What’s also nice about curtains is that you can mix and match them, and you can take them with you to your next home. When choosing curtains, consider the material. Heavy fabrics hold dust and are hard to clean. The last thing you want to do it open and close them and have dust clouds in your face (that’s gross). Newer styles of curtains are made from nice, silky materials so they look nice, and they can go in your washing machine and be hung to dry. Bonus - there are also so many different styles of curtain rods to choose from today, so you make a statement with those too.

Limit Nails

Nails are fast and easy, but they can leave a wall looking pretty rough, especially if you miscalculated what you were hanging and had to make 1, 2, or 5 attempts to get the right position. Using nails in a wall also leaves a permanent hole in the wall, so you tend to leave them where they are which can limit what you hang and where. This is why we love 3M hooks. They are a life saver! We’re constantly amazed at how cleanly these adhesive strips come off the wall and how strong they are. Tip - When you buy 3M hooks, make sure you know what items you are going to hang with them, and their weight, so that you chose the right hooks.


If you’re renting your house or apartment, it’s important to add some touches to make your space feel like your own. It’s also important to make sure you maximize your space, so you don’t feel claustrophobic in your home home. When you don’t feel like you have enough space at home, it can cause stress and anxiety. If you have extra items, like seasonal items, sports gear, or even items you won’t need while you rent, consider renting self-storage. It’s a simple and affordable way to give you more space and keep your sanity.

Curious about self-storage? Check out our online tours of our various sizes of indoor and outdoor self-storage units we have for rent at our Milton self storage facility and Woodstock self storage facility. We make renting really easy too and offer flexible contracts. Just text, email, phone or rent from our website. And like or follow us on InstagramFacebook & Twitter for more tips, tricks and advice. We promise you’ll get a good laugh too.

We hope you’ve found these ways to decorate a rental helpful, especially if you’re on a budget. And if you have other apartment decorating ideas to share, please do. Happy decorating!

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