Living in a rental home tends to be more transient than owning a home but you still want to have a feeling of permanence and your own personal preferences no matter where you live. There are simple home decor projects that you can do to make any rental house feel like home to you.

It’s important to first find a rental home that you love. The best way to go about getting your rental home is to find a rental loan that meets your needs. This will allow you to get the money you need upfront, plus, the process is typically very simple.

If you’re in the market for a rental home and want to make it feel like home, here are some simple home decor projects that will allow you to make your temporary home feel like your forever home.

Reversible Design Projects for Your Rental Home

Following the Rules and Making Changes

Lots of renters worry that decorating their rental home will cause damage fees but that’s not the case in most situations. If you read your rental lease carefully, you might see that it’s less limiting than you think in terms of decorating the rental.

Most leasing agreements cover the terms of decorating your rental and state that you can decorate your rental however you want as long as you have the rental back to its original state once you move out. Following are some projects that illustrate this point perfectly.

• Replace Standard Hardware With New HardwarePersonalize the Hardware in Your Rental Home

Maybe the rental property you moved into has doorknobs or cabinet and drawer handles that don’t go with your furniture and color scheme. Does that mean you have to simply live with it or change your entire furniture and color scheme? Absolutely not. You can change out the hardware that comes with your rental property.

This might not sound like a big decor change but these decor changes actually make a huge difference in the way a room looks. The hardware for kitchen cabinets and drawers can go from looking like a basic kitchen to making it look like a luxurious kitchen. If you plan on installing new hardware, remember that you have to put all the hardware back as you found it when you move out.

• Add a Decorative Peel & Stick Backsplash in the Kitchen

Backsplash in the Kitchen with Peel Off Tiles

When you enter really nice kitchens, you’ll often see a backsplash behind and around the stove and counter space. Most backsplashes are made with tiles that match the design and color scheme of the entire kitchen, but using those types of tiles are more permanent decorations. So, they’re not the best option for decorating the backsplash of a rental home’s kitchen.

Because tile backsplashes are more of a permanent addition to a house, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any temporary backsplash ideas you can do. For one, did you know that there are peel and stick tiles that you can use for the backsplash? They look like the expensive tiles but they’re much easier to remove because the adhesive isn’t as strong. Contact paper is also a great alternative to permanent changes.

• Accent the Walls with Paint, Wall Paper, Photos or Artwork

Rental Home with a Picture Wall

Painting your walls is probably the easiest and quickest way to personalize your rental property. All you do is pick out the color paint you want, tape off the sections, and take any room to a whole new level.

Also, in many rentals, you’ll see an accent wall in either the living room or in a bedroom. Try a contrasting color of paint or even removable wallpaper. According to, patterned wallpaper is making a comeback. It literally transforms any living space into a new and chic place.

Another way to create an accent wall is to create a photo wall. It can be a wall full of family photos or a wall of art, or a mixture of both. Whichever way you go, it’s sure to stimulate conversations.

Your Rental is a Place You Call Home

Use these tips to make your rental a place you call home. First, read your rental agreement to know what is possible and then start researching these ideas and start decorating. What a wonderful feeling it will be to come home to your new and refreshing space! We’ve also included other interesting links below for your convenience.

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