Making your rental feel like home can be challenging especially with lease restrictions. Here are 12 reversible ideas to work around rental restrictions to make your rented house really yours. 

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Nails in the wall are a no-go in many rentals, making hanging art difficult. Instead, try leaning your art against the wall. Photo: Brent Darby Photography LTD.

1. LEAN ART INSTEAD OF HANGING IT:

Nails in the wall aren’t usually smiled upon in a rented house. But art does not have to be hung, in fact leaning art up against the wall is a great way to display it – and easy to move to a new location should you want to.

2. COVER UP EXPOSED WALLS AND DATED CABINETRY WITH ACCESSORIES:

Bright kitchen appliances and interesting ornaments draw the eye away from exposed walls or ugly cabinetry.
Bright kitchen appliances and interesting ornaments draw the eye away from exposed walls or ugly cabinetry. Photo: Juliet Nicholas.

Unfortunately a dated cupboard or exposed wall is part of your rented house that cannot be easily replaced. However it can be easily disguised.

Placing bright and interesting accessories in front of or around the cabinetry or wall will draw the eye elsewhere.

Try hanging a colourful tea towel off a handle, string bunting up or place bright kitchen appliances and vases of flowers on the bench.

3. USE DECALS INSTEAD OF WALLPAPER:

Wallpaper is definitely a no-go in a rented property, but decals are a useful solution to a bare wall.

They go on and (importantly) come off easily.

Decals are a easily removable alternative to wallpaper.
Decals are an easily removable alternative to wallpaper. Photo: Jane Ussher.

4. INTRODUCE YOUR OWN KITCHEN ISLAND:

If you’re looking for an anchor in the kitchen where people can gather, try purchasing (or make your own) island on lockable wheels. Perfect for parties, cooking and wheeling away when you don’t need it.

An island on wheels is another element in an empty kitchen and doubles as an anchor for people to gather around or a ...
An island on wheels is another element in an empty kitchen and doubles as an anchor for people to gather around or a place to chop veges. Photo: Catherine Gratwicke.

5. ADD MORE SHELVES:

Similar to the island, the inclusion of a few more shelves makes a kitchen feel full and lived in.

Open shelving on wheels is a great way to add a decor element and is easy to move around to fit the space.

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An extra shelving unit adds something extra to the room. Photo: Michael Paul.

6. DONT SKIMP ON STATEMENT FURNITURE:

A couple of pieces of statement furniture are lifelong purchases to take with you anywhere. A bright and interesting couch, chair or table is the perfect way to make your rented house your home.

If you can’t change the house structurally, change the feeling of it with colour, shape and texture.

Purchase statement pieces of furniture that will last from house to house.
Purchase statement pieces of furniture that will last from house to house. Photo: Jane Ussher.

7. COVER IT WITH A RUG:

A rug, statement or other, adds layers to your room and transforms a boring or plain carpet into something you want to look at.

Simply by adding another element to the room, it brings warmth and ties it together.

A nice rug can easily disguise a floor you might want hidden.
A nice rug can easily disguise a floor you might want hidden. Photo: Paul McCredie.

8. ADD NATURAL TEXTURES:

Inject life into any space with indoor plants and warm woody tones.

A large and leafy plant provides colour and life, while wooden stools or coffee tables add warmth and a bit of rustic cosiness.

Warm natural tones and textures softens a clinical kitchen.
Warm natural tones and textures soften a clinical kitchen. Photo: Tessa Chrisp.

9. CRATES FOR DISPLAY:

A fun way to personalise and change the layout of your desk or benchtop, without any construction or deconstruction, is through the simple use of a wooden crate.

It adds layers, another shelving option and provides a homely feel to what might have been a clinical kitchen or laundry.

A small wooden crate adds personality to a bleak kitchen - as well as added storage.
A small wooden crate adds personality to a bleak kitchen – as well as added storage. Photo: Joanna Thorndon Interiors.

10. LAMP SHADES:

A change of light can make a big difference to a space.

Cover exposed bulbs with an interesting lampshade and include table lamps in each room to provide layers of light.

A statement pendant over an exposed bulb produces a personalised feel to a room.
A statement pendant over an exposed bulb produces a personalised feel to a room. Photo: Glen Cormier.

11. COVER UGLY BENCH TOPS WITH CHOPPING BOARDS:

An ugly bench top is easily remedied with some large chopping boards.

These disguise a bench top that you would rather hide and are easily packed up when you move on.

A large chopping board is the gift that keeps on giving, and a great way to cover an ugly bench top.
A large chopping board is the gift that keeps on giving, and a gret way to cover an ugly bench top. Photo: The Kitchn.

12. PERSONALISE WITH HOMELY TOUCHES:

Whether it is in shelves, on the bench, or up on the wall (held by easily removable hooks) this is a sure-fire way to make a rented house your own.

Put your flair into the room with accessories, pictures and trinkets.

Little personal touches (placed with removable hooks) make a rented space your own.
Little personal touches (places with removable hooks) make a rented space your own. Photo: Paul McCredie.

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