My top decorating tips for rental accommodation

Having lived in rental accommodation for the last half decade – and no end in site. First time buyer age in London is getting dangerously near the big 4-0, you have to be inventive with your decor and landlord appeasing decorating habits. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way on how to decorate rental accommodation.


A bit of greenery is your best friend. When it comes to a bit of foliage I prefer to go for the hardy, very green and minimal effort.

  • Cacti
  • Succulents
  • Rubber Plants
  • Ferns
  • Sneaky artificial plants/flowers

Bright furnishings

Most rental accommodation is pretty bland so I like to add little bursts of colour. H&M, Etsy, TK Maxx/ Home Sense and Amazon are great for affordable home bits.

  • Cushions
  • Throws
  • Rugs
  • Prints

Crafty Storage

Picking up storage which is clever, functional and practical can be a little tough but it’s worth the effort.

Decorative storage suitcases and ladder shelves are a great way to inject a bit of personality without drilling holes in the wall.

Be Clever

Make the effort to be clever with your decorating – using clever little command strips/hooks will avoid knocking holes in the wall.
Using knick knacks won’t take up much room – won’t interfere with the decor but it makes the place look more lived in.
Brighten up the house with floor lamps – no fuss with wiring or drilling into a wall.

Number 1 tip: this was actually from my housemate – just get it done. Don’t put off any personalisation or face lifts. Do it when you move in or it won’t get done.