Transforming your rental house into a home may seem like a challenging and time-consuming task. There’s dodgy shower heads, ugly countertops, not to mention hideous flooring to deal with! Contrary to what you may believe, there are plenty of quick and budget-friendly ways to upgrade your rental without breaking the dreaded lease! Minor tweaks such as adding plants and switching up those 100 year old light fixtures will make all the difference. The best part? Many of these changes can be taken with you to your new home so you have no excuse not to invest! Enough chit-chat, let’s take a look at 14 ways you can take your rental home up a notch.

Add some plants

The world has gone house plant mad as of late, and for good reason! Whether you opt for real plants or artificial ones, the end result is always the same. Dull spaces are given a new lease of life and there is no denying how they take your rental home from clinical to cosy! Just make sure they are pet-friendly if you have a four-legged friend roaming around.

Paint the walls

Adding a pop of colour or simply going over the white paint you may already have is a surefire way to upgrade any room. Top tip: make a note of the original paint colour in case you need to repaint once your lease is over!

Get a new shower head

You shower every day so it makes sense to have a shower head that ticks all the boxes, not just one that gets the job done. With so many different options available such as a rainfall shower head or a water softener one, you won’t struggle to find one you love!

Swap out your switch plates

If you’re planning on painting your walls, you may as well pick up spare outlet covers for that room and give them a lick of paint too. Alternatively, there are plenty of black or brass ones that instantly add a stylish touch without breaking the bank. Just be sure to store the originals in a safe place until the lease is up.

Hang art without framing it

Covering up those bare wall spaces with art is an instant and inexpensive way to upgrade any room. While most leases won’t allow you to hang your art up, there are plenty of ways around this – with damage-free hanging strips being just one of them. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a DIY aficionado to put up a wall hanging, it’s actually much easier than you think!

Change up your lighting fixtures

One of the keys to making a house a home is to personalise it to your tastes. Lighting fixtures are an easy way to make any space feel more cosy and with so many options available, you can cater them to your preferences as well. Even something as simple as a bedside lamp will instantly make a difference.

Install some under shelf lighting

It can be tricky to do a lot in your kitchen while staying within the boundaries of your lease. However, a strip of warm LED lights fixed right underneath your cabinets is a real game-changer in cosying up your home. Be sure to fix with bluetack or something similar so no damage comes to your cabinets.

Add some home fragrance

Is there anything more inviting than walking into someone’s home and being greeted with a beautiful aroma? We don’t think so! With so many reed diffusers, candles, and plug-ins available, it really is a case of choosing a scent you like and layering it delicately throughout your home.

Upgrade your appliances

Obvious? Maybe. But effective? Definitely! Even making minor changes to your appliances whether it be your kettle or your microwave, will make all the difference. Bonus points if you manage to colour coordinate said appliances!

Apply removable wallpaper

If there’s no room for painting on your lease, or you simply don’t feel like doing it, some removable wallpaper will do the trick. Dull, cracked walls are an instant home-killer, so opt for a fun print to really liven up the space! The best part? It’s super easy to apply and won’t have you crying into your purse.

New bathroom mirror

So, you’ve got your wonderful new shower head, but why stop there? It’s no secret that mirrors are a quick and easy way to breathe life into tired spaces and we all need a mirror in our bathroom. Opt for a mirror that complements the aesthetic of your new and improved bathroom, such as a nautical one or an LED one!

Install shelves

This one is obviously dependent on your lease, but simple, rectangular floating shelves are a budget-friendly and stylish way to spruce up any space. Match them to the colour of your wallpaper and they’ll look custom installed!

Cover up ugly flooring

Just like walls, floors are a huge part of transforming your rental home. If you don’t have the option to re-tile, simply place a few mats or rugs on top. Better yet, get your hands on some cool tile stickers!

Disguise a tired looking countertop

While some rentals may already be blessed with beautiful marble countertops, some of us aren’t so lucky. Marble contact paper is a readymade fix that will instantly transform your kitchen. Not to mention, it’s budget-friendly too!

Reckon you’ve got this whole rental renovation thing on lock? Why not take a look at the rest of our home range for loads more candles, bathroom bits, and super storage solutions that are guaranteed to keep you in your landlord’s good books. Whether you prefer to keep things minimalist or love to go all out with your interior design, you’re guaranteed to find something you love.