3 stylish ways to update your rental property

By Leanne Sanford

When you live in rental accommodation, there sometimes isn’t as much room as you would like to work with your design inspiration – and we aren’t just talking about the actual physical space. Because property managers and investors have to ensure that a rental property appeals to as many people as possible, they are often not keen on the idea of you making major changes to the interior.

However, there is a way to stay stylish and still keep your landlord happy with these three chic but temporary ways to make that rental house a home.


It can be a great idea to paint your furniture if you can’t paint the walls.

Think of washi tape as a more durable and prettier version of masking tape. It comes in a variety of different styles and patterns, and is perfect for people who want to add a splash of colour to their home without having to worry about damaging the walls or furniture. Try using it to hold up pictures in lieu of traditional frames that would require nails, but that’s just the beginning: you can use it almost anywhere you like. Because washi tape is made from natural fibres, it is unusually strong in most cases, but we still only recommend using it as decoration; this is not duct tape!


Assuming that you aren’t living in a rental that came with furnishings, it can be a great idea to paint your furniture if you can’t paint the walls. Make sure to choose a shade that complements or contrasts the permanent parts of your decor well, but keep in mind that this is still just a temporary measure – if you change your mind, you can just repaint!


Neutral colours provide a canvas – you just need to provide the colour!

You’ll probably find that your rental property uses plenty of neutral colours, such as cream or off-white. This can end up being a little bland overall, but there are good reasons behind it – if you want to appeal to lots of people, quirky isn’t usually the best way to do it. But rather than wallow in the minimalism, use it to your advantage. Choose a single statement piece that contrasts heavily with the neutral tones and allow it to add some character to the room. It could be a bold red sofa or a neon green kitchen appliance. Neutral colours provide a canvas – you just need to provide the colour!

For more interior design tips and tricks on your property, rental or permanent, make sure you check out the rest of the Ray White blog!

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