Leave No Trace – Decorating a Rented Property

Leave No Trace – Decorating a Rented Property
As an interiors addict, can you imagine anything more creatively frustrating than having your artistic license overruled by a tenancy agreement? Fellow renters who share the bowerbird gene will understand the limitations of decorating a rented property woefully well.

Leave No Trace – Decorating a Rented Property

Paying monthly for white wash walls, ugly couches and Ikea’s finest flat-pack ensemble can seem like stylistic punishment of the highest order. And to make matters worse, rented properties usually come complete with a strict tenancy agreement that castrates the creativity from any potential decorating ambition. A landlord’s general rental renovation rule is: leave no trace.Tall Blue Lamp

So, if you’re legally contracted not to paint walls or drill holes, how can you overcome the limitations of a place that’s undeniably stark and pull off a personal yet impermanent mark?See-through tableHuge wooden mirror

 Play with proportions

–         Swap vertically challenged curtains for floor skimming neutral beauties. Curtains that stop at the windowsill are the decorating equivalent of calf length trousers – unflattering and dated.

We suggest using some of the Duck Egg Fabric range when decorating a rented property.

Pig Fabric PrintBunny Hop Fabric Print

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  • Raise the curtain rail position slightly higher than the top of the window frame to give the illusion of additional ceiling height.
  • In small rooms, don’t be nervous to ‘go large’. Diminutive rooms do not benefit from Sylvanian Family-sized furniture – it’ll simply feel cluttered and ‘bitty’ rather than spacious. Instead, limit the total number of pieces, remove the meek ones and replace them with grander equivalents to up the drama ante.
  • Every room benefits from a focal point: by introducing an item that is seemingly disproportionate, you can emphasise a specific area whilst simultaneously detracting from anywhere you like less.
  • When decorating a rented property, think outside of the four-wall box. Bring in salvaged external doors and prop them up behind the bed for a quirky headboard.

Door frame headboard

 No more nails

  • Position varying sizes of framed prints on shelves and bookcases, along the skirting board, and on top of the mantle piece. Look for places to rest and prop that aren’t immediately obvious; smaller prints can visually lead you up the staircase or perhaps there’s a sneaky ledge above a doorframe or over the oven that can be used to display your private art collection?

fPicture inside skirting

  • If propping’s not your thing, and you strongly believe that art belongs on the wall and not the floor, try a product that allows you to hang to your heart’s content without the dot-to-dot puzzle of holes to prove it. Try Takker or Command for damage free alternatives.


Oversized posters above window frames

  • Hang oversized art or interesting fabric from where the wall meets the ceiling. Not only will it be visually striking, any accidental damage is far less likely to be spotted!
  • Look for versions that you don’t need to be secured to the wall. Freestanding coat stands, mirrors, and floor lamps make for great damage-free alternatives when decorating a rental property.

Off the wall

  • Become an amateur projectionist: use a plain white wall as the backdrop for a DIY home cinema.

Home projection as art

  • There are some really naff wallsticker designs out there, but sidestep the cheesy motivational quotes and you can find some great commitment-free wall changers. Although wall stickers are no longer exactly cutting-edge, companies like Blik have self-adhesive wall tile designs with a twist.

feature wall wallpaper

 Style it out

  • Add a variety of different lighting options in every room to create different types of atmosphere.
  • Flowers and plants truly are the biggest game changers – they breathe life into any space.
  • Ugly colour scheme dominating the walls? Work with it, not against. If your landlord has blessed you with a hideous carpet, cover it up with rugs; layer them up if necessary.
  • Replace grim lighting fixtures – you can easily reattach the original calamity when you move out.

Decorating a Rented Property article written by Nicola Maughan of Duck Egg Designs. For more details visit www.duckeggdesigns.com or email info@duckeggdesigns.

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