Renting a house doesn’t mean you can’t make it a home. With a few clever, renter-friendly tricks, you can make your home feel like a personal sanctuary. Look at our best ways to make a rented house feel like home.

Add a splash of colour with removable wallpaper

Transform your walls without risking your deposit by using removable wallpaper. It’s a game-changer for renters, allowing you to add personality and style without the commitment.

Depending on your desired effect, you can go for vibrant patterns or soothing pastels. Shop around at the likes of Builders Warehouse and Superbalist; you’ll be surprised by what you find.

Create a feature wall with shelves


Add functional style clever shelving. They’re perfect for displaying books, plants, and personal mementoes. Depending on how you want to arrange your shelves, you can show off your personality and interests.

Stand-alone shelves will save you from drilling and damaging your walls and you can find several at second-hand stores. Or you can shop around for solid wood options at the likes of Lotters or Mystry’s.

Light up your space with stylish lamps

Good lighting can make a world of difference. Swap out bland fixtures for trendy floor and table lamps.


But, if you’re on a budget, you could simply swap out your lampshades for newer, modern ones. An eye-catching lamp may just be the pop of personality you need in your space.

Personalise with art and photos

Hang artwork and photos that resonate with you to instantly make your space feel more like home. Use command strips or adhesive hooks to avoid damaging your walls.


You can find affordable art at local markets. It won’t break the bank, you’ll have unique pieces to make your space feel homier, and chances are, you’ll support local. It’s a win all round.

Or simply, print your favourite photos and frame them for a personal touch.

Invest in cosy textiles

Rugs, cushions, and throws can dramatically change the feel of your space. Choose plush, comfortable textiles in colours and patterns that make you happy and showcase your style and personality.

Woolworths and @Home have a great selection of home textiles that can add a cosy vibe to your rooms.

Add a pop of life


Plants are a wonderful way to breathe life into your home. From low-maintenance succulents to lush ferns, there’s a plant that suits any aesthetic.

Monsteras, philodendrons, and rubber plants make great beginner-friendly plants and work well in most homes. They add a layer of softness to modern, sharp spaces, whilst blending perfectly into a softer aesthetic that leans towards cottage-core or farmhouse.

Scent your space

Never underestimate the power of scent in creating a homely atmosphere. Use diffusers, candles, or essential oil burners from stores like Yankee Candle or Clicks to infuse your home with delightful fragrances.

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Choose calming scents like lavender for the bedroom and fresh citrus for the living areas.

Customise with temporary backsplash

If your kitchen or bathroom feels a bit drab, consider using peel-and-stick backsplash tiles. They’re easy to apply and remove, giving you a stylish, customisable solution.


Builders Warehouse and Takealot offer a range of designs that can add a modern touch to your rented home.



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Article was originally written by Jade McGee for Woman&Home.