5 Ways To Give Your Rental A Style Upgrade!

The reality of calling a rental property home is there are rules, particularly when it comes to changing up the decor (i.e. painting, pulling up carpet, etc.). The good news is, there are countless ways to inject a little style into your rental that are both eye-catching and landlord-approved. Let’s start with five.

Washi Tape

If you spend anytime surfing design/DIY blogs, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the versatile wonder known as washi tape. Originating in Japan, washi tape is essentially masking tape made of rice paper. It’s easy to tear, stick, reposition and remove. It’s inexpensive. Oh, and it’s pretty, coming in endless colours and patterns.

So, what does washi tape have to do with upping the style factor in your rental? A quick online search for ‘washi tape decor’ turns up some inspiring results. We especially like the ideas of framing a favourite print or creating a gallery wall, designing a feature wall, and giving your furniture a fun facelift. 

Area rugs

An area rug is a great way to define a space, particularly in an open-concept floor plan. Try adding visual interest and texture by layering 2 or 3 complimentary rugs.


Plants do so much; they instantly make a place feel more homey, they complement any decor style, and certain varieties even help purify the air. What’s more, they’re one of the few decor elements that can be used in every room in your house. We especially love the idea of putting plants in the bathroom to create a little spa-like oasis.


Sure, curtains are practical. They provide shade and cool things down on a hot summer day; they blackout a room during nap time; and they are essential to privacy. But curtains can also be an absolute showstopper and focal point in any room. In fact, you don’t even have to hang them on a window.

Painted furniture

If you can’t paint the walls, paint your furniture! Painted furniture is a great way to add colour to a space. And, often, paint breathes new life into dated or worn peices. If you’re unsure where to start, look no further than the internet for countless DIY tutorials and inspiration.

So, there you have it: 5 landlord-approved ways to give your rental a style upgrade. And if you’re currently looking for a Kingston area rental to call home, make sure to check out our property listings.