Living in a rented house has become a staple for this generation. As the housing crisis affects most of the world’s home prices, availability, and building quality, people don’t really have a choice but to rent. Financially speaking, it may be a more responsible choice since you don’t have to deal with taxes, insurance, and mortgages. However, not everyone is indeed fit for renting. For some people, it’s a flexible lifestyle, while others prefer a sense of stability within their lives.

Regardless, the choice is yours. If you decide to rent, landlords usually deal with repairs and fixes, and the overall responsibility is great for saving money. However, it may be challenging to transform the rented apartment or house into something that feels like home because most owners provide a set of rules regarding the changes you’re allowed to make in their properties.

While others don’t mind painting the walls or changing carpets, others can be stricter.

Generally speaking, some décor modifications are harmless, and they can help you better accommodate the new environment and enjoy your space. Here are some decoration ideas to try.

Adding Plants is the Most Accessible and Affordable Choice to Spice up the Interior

Natural elements are some of the most appreciated in interior design because they’re simple to blend in with the room and add that extra coziness to it. Plus, you can’t go wrong with too much or too little in this case because every plant matters and contributes to a better design.

What might be necessary is the type and look of the pots and planters used. Choosing the right one from of the kind of crops you want indoors can be challenging as they come in multiple colors, shapes and sizes.


For example, plants like succulents don’t require big pots, as they don’t grow much. But larger plants, such as Canna Lily, require planters that can sustain the weight and height of it. Of course, as the plant grows, you need to re-pot it every few months, but this will bring nice changes to your home.

Installing Small Light Fixtures Will Drastically Change the Place

While the house might be provided with basic lighting, you can upgrade your home by approaching layered lighting, which includes additional light sources in your rooms to highlight specific things and enhance the house’s looks.

Layered lighting is composed of three different dimensions:

  • Ambient lighting is the base layer of lights and comprises one source that can light up the entire room. Depending on how big the room is, the colour scheme, and its purpose, ambient lighting can be more or less bright, soft or cold;
  • Task lighting is the first layer of highlighting certain spots in the house. With a floor lamp or cabinet lights, you can provide lighting on a countertop or by the bathroom windows, allowing you to work better;
  • Accent lighting has a more artistic goal and is used to put light on beautiful things around the house, such as floral arrangements, decorative vases or wall art. You can install accent lighting through LED tape or track lighting;

Bringing in Some More Storage Space Dill Declutter Your Home

It may be possible that the rented home lacks storage space because not all renters have the exact needs. While some live alone and don’t have much, people with families need cabinets and wardrobes to fit all their belongings.

Regardless, it’s always good to have some more storage because it helps you keep your home cluttered with no effort. Plus, there are so many kinds of storage these days that you can easily incorporate these pieces into decorating the place. For example, a good-looking cabinet can hide your cleaning supplies in the kitchen or bathroom but also bring some color within the room if you paint it in an interesting tone, contrasting with the main color scheme.


Or, if you own a lot of books and don’t like them piled up around the living room but don’t want to invest in a library, you can install a few shelves that blend in with the look of the room to maximize space.

Organizing Some Vignettes Will Make Your House Look Expensive

Vignettes are something you already have in the house. But you need to arrange them in a nice way to look uncluttered. These groups of objects are done to enhance one part of the room with the things you own without having to hide them. For example, on the table in the living room, you can group the fruit rack, a vase of flowers, and some magazines next to each other for the room to look more appealing.

What’s great about these vignettes is you can combine valuable objects with little decorative motifs. So, in the bathroom, you can create such a group with your skincare products, for example, and a small plant in the middle.

These small things around the house can make you feel like you are living in one of Ikea’s in-store room designs. Indeed, some groups can add more clutter if they’re not properly controlled. Grouping vignettes around the house should include a few elements that are important to you.

To form a vignette, here are the steps to consider:

  • Have an item that will be the center of your interest. It can be a flower vase, a big book, or any decorative piece, but it should be a little bit bigger and shinier;
  • Try creating an A formation, meaning placing the more prominent element between others and smaller pieces around it for a structured vignette;
  • Relate the objects from the vignette by similar purposes so you can put flowers as a group or things of the same color, texture or pattern;

Final Considerations

Considering the housing crisis, renting a house is currently the best choice someone can make. However, since you’re not the owner, you might be limited in what changes you can make to the house. Therefore, we provided tips on making your home more beautiful with simple, affordable, and respectful decorating.