A Brief Guide to Personalising Your Rented Property

A Brief Guide to Personalising Your Rented Property

A lot of people are struggling financially in the current economy. This has, in turn, made it harder to get on the property ladder, and as a result, rental rates have increased. In truth, renting seems to only get more popular in the next few years. However, living in a rented property can sometimes feel a little cold and clinical because, as a renter, it is harder to personalize or customize to your tastes. After all, you risk violating your contract. This is why we have put together a brief guide to personalising your rented property that won’t breach your tenancy agreement; let’s take a look. 

1. Finding the Right Rental Property

Firstly, you need to find the right rental property. While most of them are pretty standard, they might have a few unique features that could fit your taste. This will depend on where you are looking. For example, if you are looking for property in Singapore, then PropertyGuru has a list of all HDB or public housing properties. 

2. Furniture

Arguably, your choice of furniture will make the biggest impact on the look of the property. Although you aren’t always in control of the furniture, some properties come furnished, and others don’t. If you have to live in a furnished property, then you simply need to make do with what you have. On the other hand, if you are moving into an unfurnished property, you can choose pieces that fit your tastes. 

3. Incorporate More Plants

Most rental properties are decorated in inoffensive, pale, neutral tones. They tend to provide a decent backdrop for other decorations, which helps to ensure that they pop too. Luscious green plants can make an impact in these settings. Luckily, there are so many different plants out there that you should easily be able to find some that match your skill level. 

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4. Lighting

While you won’t be able to do much in terms of changing out the lighting fixtures themselves, you can still look for solutions when it comes to changing the lighting within a room. For example, you could add lamps to change how the light bounces around the room. You might also want to think about the color of the light too; you can find color bulbs or even things like salt lamps to create the right atmosphere. 

5. Trinkets

Displaying trinkets in your home is a great way to add personality to a space. While many trinkets tend to be mass-produced, many people also have built quite a collection over their lifetime. In addition, they have trinkets they have received as gifts or got while traveling, which helps to individualize their collection. Therefore, you can display them however you see fit within your home. 

6. Art & Wall Hangings

To make a rented property feel less clinical, you need to make it homey; to do this, you might want to consider displaying some art or wall hangings on the walls to make the property feel less bare. Of course, this will depend on your rental agreement; however, many landlords are fine with it as long as you don’t damage the walls or you fill any holes you make. 

The art or wall hangings that you choose can be used to reflect your tastes and your personality. They can be transformative. Some people like to cover entire walls with tapestries or wall hangings. If you prefer art, then a large canvas can draw the eye. Some people like to use a gallery wall to create more visual interest.

7. Mirrors

Mirrors are already a popular decorative tool; they have long since been used to make a room feel more spacious and brighter. It allows the light to bounce around the room, making it seem bigger. In addition to their functional aspects, they can also be used to tie in the aesthetics showcased in the room. You can decide to hang them on the walls or, if they are big enough, you can simply leave them on the floor, leaning up against the wall.

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8. Rugs & Textiles

Rugs and textiles, or soft furnishings as some would call them, are often viewed as one of the final decorative touches. They can help tie in color schemes and make the home feel more homely. A rug can also help cover up the often-ugly beige carpet that landlords seem so fond of. But, of course, there are many different types of rugs, too, so you are bound to find something to match your aesthetic. Incorporating different textures in your textiles also helps.

9. TV brackets and Wall Mounts

TV brackets are mounting hardware used to attach a television to a wall or other surface. They come in different sizes and styles, such as tilt, full motion, and low profile designs. Tilt brackets allow the TV to tilt up and down, and complete motion brackets let the TV move left and right and tilt up and down. Low-profile brackets are designed to be as close to the wall as possible and don’t allow the TV to move. TV brackets can be made from metal, plastic, or other materials and are designed to securely hold a television in place.


Personalizing a rented property is not always easy because the lease agreements do tend to be strict, but there are still things that you can do. Of course, you will need to understand your tenancy agreement to ensure that your decorative efforts don’t break it. However, for the most part, you can do whatever you want to a property as long as it doesn’t permanently alter the appearance of the property. 

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