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Decorating a rented apartment can be very frustrating, as landlords usually don’t want you making permanent changes to the property, and it can feel wasteful to splash out a lot of money on decor for a place that you might only be staying at for a short time.

That’s why I wanted to share my top tips for decorating a rented apartment on a budget, that won’t cause any damage to the property and you can have the peace of mind that when you move out, you will be getting your full deposit back!

10 Tips For Decorating A Rented Apartment On A Budget


Adding a feature rug to a room is a brilliant way to add a splash of colour and a taste of your own style to a rented apartment.

It’s also a great way to hide carpet or flooring that may look tired, or just not be to your taste.


Adding plants to your home will make the space seem more fresh, alive and welcoming. You can choose something bright and floral, or if you want a more low-maintenance option then succulents are a wonderful choice.

Be creative with how you pot your new plants – I love how this person has housed a plant on the floor in a basket to give this living room a very modern and effortless feel.


If you’re not a fan of bland, boring walls that seem to be found in most rental properties, then add some life with a stunning removable wall decal like this one.

Depending on your style, you are sure to find something that you will love from places like Etsy, Amazon or even your local home improvement store.


Many rented apartments have tired looking counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom. You can give these a new lease of life with contact paper, which can be easily removed without causing any damage when you eventually vacate the property.

My favourite is marble effect worktops, however there are many different patterns and designs to choose from on Amazontutorial here to learn how to apply.


Another, more dramatic way to jazz up plain white walls is to use removable wallpaper to create a feature. This hallway is completely transformed with this floral design that you can see from anywhere in the room.

When you move out of the property, you can simply peel the wallpaper away without causing damage so you can be sure you will get your deposit back in full!


Often times rented apartments can be a little dark and outdated, so make sure that you fill your rooms with intersting lighting options to give the place the brighening that it might need.

With so many different choices available when it comes to table lamps, floor lamps and fairy lights, you are sure to find something that will display your personality and personal style, while adding an extra source of light will make the space feel a lot more homely and welcoming.


As many apartments are decorated specifically with the intention of the landlord renting it out to tenants, things like hardware, light fixtures and switches are usually chosen with money saving in mind.

In order to make the place feel more your own, you can swap these things out for your own choices – you will be surprised what a difference simply changing the door handles in a room makes.

Just keep the original handles stored away in a safe place, and when you move out you can switch them back.


Lastly, if you don’t want to risk angering your landlord by putting holes in the wall to hang up pictures, then try using these super strong adhesive strips to hang artwork, photographs and mirrors to brighten up your walls.

Now you don’t need to worry about leaving holes or marks on the walls, as these strips are specifically designed to cause no damage, and can hold weights of up to 2kg per strip.

Why not try putting together a gallery wall like this one below to add a touch of glam to your home?

To Finish Off…

I really hope that you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some ideas for how you can add a touch of spice to your rental home!

If you have any other ideas for ways that you like to decorate your rental property, then please let me know in the comments below, and even tag me in your Instagram photos @TheAngelinaArchives.

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