Just how to turn a rental house into a home? Rather than being an existential essay question which might get you into Oxford university, this is a very real problem posed by many tenants, exacerbated by the fact landlords are notoriously rigid when it comes to decorating.

Indeed, it seems that the factors which contribute to that sense of domestic bliss are notoriously difficult to define. Of course, family play an integral part, as do housemates, whether human or furry. But it’s also important to consider the huge impact that decor and design have on your ability to feel a connection a rental space. With that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL ways to bring some personality to your rental home.


Living in rented accommodation can sometimes feel a bit stifling when it comes to introducing your own creativity and style. Repainting and redecorating are often disallowed by the landlord or else extremely limited in scope. This doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own taste into your home in other ways, superficially and without leaving a mark.

Whether it be via rugs, throws, cushions, curtains or an upholstered piece of furniture, fabrics can add texture, personality and colour to your living space, and all at a fraction of the price of a full-scale shake up. And best of all, they won’t invalidate your deposit. Don’t be afraid to mix up patterns and deploy varying textures together and in tandem – the trick here is continuity in the different designs, and synergy in the application of fabrics.


It’s a tip which requires no investment, stylistic creativity or imagination. And that is; keep things clean, simple and straightforward. Clutter is the enemy of a clear aesthetic, and whilst we’re not suggesting a ‘minimalist’ vibe (too much like an Airbnb bedroom), by always being tidy and neat, your domestic space’s style will be apparent and pertinent to all. In doing so, you’ll highlight the elements (those all-important flourishes of personality that we’ll come onto in a minute) you want to highlight.

Of course, this commitment to tidiness will be useful when you do decide to move on. As you’ll know, a state of disrepair or uncleanliness means the landlord may take money out of your deposit to pay for repairs and cleaners. When checking out and to avoid this fate, recruit the assistance of end of tenancy cleaners Balham or other such services available all over the capital.


The great thing about niche, esoteric hobbies is that the equipment which you’ve accumulated over the years, rather than being a storage burden, can bring real character to your house. So, don’t be afraid to showcase them in your décor. For example, if you’re a musician, hang your guitar on the wall to create an interesting focal point that will grab people’s attention. If you’re a movie lover, frame posters of your favorite flicks, which you can hang in your bathroom or bedroom (landlord permitting, of course).


When it comes to brightening up your interiors and bringing some added personality to your rental house, a little greenery can add that final flourish to your place and make things feel decidedly more homely. Indeed, houseplants are perfect for transforming any room from a dull, boring space into an area that boasts style, life and energy. Whilst plants are perfect for elevating the overall look of a room, they also bring many additional advantages that many of us aren’t aware of. From health benefits to promoting a cleaner living space, the positives of plants are plentiful. Go get it.


Following on from that theme, you can use the power of functional items, particularly in the kitchen, to highlight your travels and the places you’ve been which you feel have defined you. Some of the items which best complement both those aspects live in the kitchen, and include a pestle and mortar from South East Asia, ideal for grinding spices and pounding curry pastes in the most authentic (see: delicious) way possible, a tagine from Morocco, or a pasta maker from Italy. All show off your inquisitive, well travelled side, as well as having an ornamental quality. 

Go further by expressing your personality through displays of your travel experiences. For example, you could turn your bookcase into a display of your vacation souvenirs, travel photographs, postcards, travel guides, and keepsakes.