Rental homes can often come with restrictions when it comes to making a home your own. There can be restrictions over hanging things on walls, painting and decorating, and making alterations. A lot of rental homes can be very neutral in tone. And whilst you may not be able to paint the walls your favourite cover, or change the carpet, there are lots of ways you can add colour to your rental home.

Making your mark on your rental property without causing any damage and causing your landlord to use his landlord insurance is the aim. So here’s how you can be a model tenant but still make your home feel like your own using colour.

1 Soft Furnishings

An easy way to add colour and texture to your home is with soft furnishings such as cushions and throws. Whether you chose to match tones, contrast or bring in patterns, it’s a simple and affordable way to add colour to our rental home, without having to be a Toolbox Nerd!

Add Colour To Your Rental Home

2 Plants & Flowers

Adding some vibrant plants and flowers to a room is a great way to add colour and interest to a room. You can use plant pots to add some pattern too.

Add Colour To Your Rental Home

3 Artwork

Although some rental properties will not allow you to add artwork or prints to walls, there are still other ways you can display your prints and add colour to your home. Stand them on top of furniture or on book shelves. You can buy free standing picture frames now in many guises including room dividers.

4 Rugs

Add colour to your room with rugs and matts and protect carpets at the same time. They can even add warmth to a room with wood or tiled floors.

5 Using Paint

You can add a really strong pop of colour by paining the back of bookcases. You can achieve the same effect using wallpaper samples and coloured stick back plastic too.


6 Rainbow Bookcases

Utilise what you have and use your books to create a rainbow bookcase.


7 Paint Furniture

Up-cycling and re-purposing is great for the environment and a great way to add colour to your rental home. Paint ranges have really changed over the last few years making the process easier, and giving you much more choice.

Add Colour To Your Rental Home

8 Accessorise

Use your ornaments, candles and knickknacks to create colourful zones in your home. Whether you like an eclectic rainbow vibe, or prefer to stick to one colour, accessories can add colour and brighten up a space.

Add Colour To Your Rental Home

9 Statement Pieces

A bright coloured sofa or chair can be used as a statement piece to add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral room. If you can’t paint the walls in your rental home, bring colour in with your furniture instead.

Add Colour To Your Rental Home

There are lots of ways to add colour to your rental home. They can be simple, effective and affordable. It’s easy to add personality to a room and make it feel like your own.

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