Does your rental bedroom look a little unloved? We’re heading to that most blissful of rooms with ten budget-friendly ways to dress it up…
The rental lifestyle has its limitations, from finding a space big enough to swing a cat to schmoozing the leasing agent into surrending it to you, and, when you’re finally installed, trying to placate the crazy lady next door who believes you’re bashing on your shared wall with frozen goods in the wee hours. (Why?!?!?)
We feel your pain. But just because you’re renting doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate like you own it. Okay, you may have to make some concessions. But not these! We give you 10 budget-friendly ways you can transform your rental bedroom into your personal haven without raising your landlord’s wrath.
Green goes with everything
Add natural elements to your night-time nook with some pot plants – create your own oasis. Think vertically. Trailing fronds work a treat. Opt for hanging planters like this divine Aztec Planter from Have You Met Miss Jones (above) or – the modern answer to the macramé hanger – these innovative twine-wrapped moss balls showcasing succulents, Devil’s Ivy, mini palms and more from Mister Moss.
Thumb too brown to achieve this look? Cheat with finely crafted artificial flowers and plants. Who’s to know? 🙂
Fine tune your lighting
Boudoirs beg subdued lighting. Craft a cosy ambience through a mix of table and standing lamps in addition to your overhead lighting. Add in candles, fairy lights, even a DIY Mason jar lantern if you will (instructions on how to make it found here).
Not sure how to marry different lighting sources? Read designer James Treble’s tips here.
Give your room structure with a bed head
Add a little majesty to your mattress with a headboard. Opt for classic elegance with a plush upholstered style crafted from leather, linen or velvet for luxe textures. Instil rustic French provincial looks or work in Eastern influences with Moroccan design timberwork.
Handy with a hammer and some 4x2s? Fashion your own from reclaimed timber like the one above here. Just don’t forget to treat it first. Sand, wax, stain, stencil… you’re done.
Install shelving for your books
Don’t want to destroy the walls with screw holes? Opt for a freestanding bookshelf. Or design your own with reclaimed timber + bricks + crates for an edgy industrial vibe.
Add in a nightstand
Whether you opt for enclosed storage or no, your bedside table is the nocturnal home for your paperback, specs, mobes, etc. Don’t go so low it’s dwarfed by your bed. Nor make it so you have to reach to switch off the light. Your bedside lamp should be at eye height for optimum viewing.
(NB Having a bedside lamp means you can get comfy in your duck-down quilt and slide straight into your zzzs without having to get out of bed to switch off the light. 40-60watts is ideal for reading.)
Introduce occasional seating
A resting place for clothes you’ve recently shed, a sinking space so you can get your feet naked or just somewhere to sling your handbag(s), additional seating in your bedroom is a whole lot of win.
We’re fans of adding art for art’s sake and in unexpected, out-of-the-box spaces. There are an infinite number of designer decals out there that are ideal for renters. We love these Banksy ones because style.
Alternatively create a casual gallery wall (no frames) with washi tape (see above). Or grab a polaroid camera and snap your besties + fam in candid moments. Peg them to twine or bunting for a personal touch!
Imbue it with fragrance
After all, every paradise deserves its own perfume. Grounding scents like lavender, sandalwood, camomile, jasmine and vanilla will smooth your journey to slumber. Sage smudging is also something to consider if you like the idea of cleansing your space of old energies.
Keep it clean
Bring in the big boys and steam your carpets. You don’t even want to know the history those bad boys contain. (Vom, right?) Got floorboards? Nicely done.
Install a pet
Because science isn’t always right. (Studies have proven that sharing your bed with your furry friends reduces your zz quality.) Or your very own human hot water bottle.