Budget-Friendly Home Decor Tips for Renters

Decorating a rental home can seem like a daunting task. But there are ways to make your place feel homier — even on a budget!


Adding a fresh coat of paint to your rental can spruce up the place and make it feel more like home. But it’s also a big job that could take up your rental security deposit, so it’s important to consider whether a painting is worth it for you before committing to the project.

Thankfully, there are a few rules for painting rental apartments. In some cities, for example, landlords must repaint a unit’s walls at least every three years.

Hang Curtains or Blinds

Curtains are a great way to add color and texture to any space. They can blend in with your decor or pop off the wall to create an exclamation point. You can also hang curtains over your existing blinds to create a unique look that’s both stylish and functional.

However, installing window treatments this way can be costly if you want to go all out in your home decor. A tension rod is one of the best ways to hang your curtains. This method doesn’t require nails or screws; it looks natural and simple.

Add Artwork or Photos

Adding artwork or photos can be a great way to decorate without painting the walls. Depending on your lease, screw it into the wall or use no-damage picture hangers like command strips and putty. If you’re on a budget, consider purchasing inexpensive stretched canvases and using them to create custom designs. You can even frame wrapping paper or craft paper to add a touch of color and personality. 

For example, adding pops of color through your furnishings and farmhouse decor can help give your space more character. Paint can also be a great way to personalize a room without breaking the bank.


Renters can still put their stamp on a space without breaking the bank. Just be aware of any decorating rules that may apply to your landlord, and follow the tips below to create a home you’ll love affordably.

1. Decorate walls in damage-free ways. For example, use removable wallpaper instead of painting that won’t leave a mark when you move out.

2. Add wall art or photos in your favorite color.

3. Hang curtains and drapes using damage-free brackets from Kwik-Hang for a polished look in seconds.

4. Don’t let a dull rental carpet deter you from investing in rugs.

Decorative rugs can help turn a room from boring to cozy and stylish, and they’re easy to take with you when you move. Layer a few smaller rugs over a dingy carpet, or spread a larger one over an entire floor to give a room a different look and feel.


Plants are an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside without making too much of a commitment. In addition to making the room look alive, plants help improve air quality and reduce noise levels. However, maintaining houseplants can be daunting if you’re not an expert gardener. 

Home Base Project Team
Home Base Project Team
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