Here are 7 easy ways you can brighten up your rented home

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 2:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 2:38 pm
Redecorating a rented home can be tricky since you’re often not able to make any permanent changes (Photo: Shutterstock)

Redecorating a rented home can be tricky since you’re often not able to make any permanent changes.

But if you’re looking to make some low-cost alterations to brighten up the place, here are some ideas.

Decorate with wall stickers

Wall stickers offer a creative way to add your own style to your rented home. They’re also completely removable, so they won't cause any hassle when it comes to moving out.

There’s a wide variety of wall stickers on Wayfair, with prices starting from £12.99.

Frame your photos and make a collection

If you have lots of photos you want to have out on show, you can group them together on a feature wall in a framed display.

For a quirkier look, get a variety of different frames, new and old, of all different sizes, and paint them before mounting them on the wall.

You can buy these online or even from charity shops.

Create space with mirrors

Mirrors can make a small space feel larger and brighter. Simply place a mirror opposite or next to a window to increase the amount of natural light cast into the room.

This Chavarria Accent Mirror is on sale for £36.99 from Alternatively, this House by John Lewis Round Edge Mirror, comes in a range of colours for £60.

Plants and flowers

A range of different house plants and flowers spread throughout your home can really brighten things up. Homebase sells a wide variety, including mini mix orchids houseplants costing £5.95.

But if real plants are too much upkeep, there are some very realistic fakes out there. Wayfair sells a wide range of fake plants to suit your taste.

Reed diffusers and candles

Incorporating scent is an easy way to create a homely atmosphere. Add candles, reed diffusers and plug-in air fresheners to create scents that makes you happy.

Amazon sells a variety of candles, air fresheners and reed diffusers, including this lavender diffuser for £10.99.


Adding unique or quirky lighting to your accommodation can really make it feel like your own.

Cox & Cox have a range of different lighting options to choose from, including wall lights, ceiling lights and shades. Or if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly selection, try MADE.

Rugs and cushions

Adding rugs, cushions and throws can add a touch of personality to your rented property and make a bare space feel a little warmer.

Dunelm has plenty of rugs to choose from at wallet-friendly prices, while Habitat has a huge range of cushions to add bursts of colour and pattern to your property.