Editor’s Note: Are you a landlord with tenants who are handy do-it-yourselfers and could upgrade your property? Or, are you renting (and hoping to buy your first home with RE/MAX)? Read about these fun ideas, to make a rental homey and bright, in this coming springtime season!

By guest writer, Maria Cannon, maria@hobbyjr.org

Decorating your rental property is a great way to add value to your living space, create a more luxurious feel, and make it easier to relax. Your landlord may be willing to work with you to allow some changes. Here are nine simple things you can do to freshen up your rented space to make you feel more at home.

Use soothing neutrals, pops of color, and plants to make your rental homey.

1. Pay Attention to Color

Remember, color is the first thing that catches your eye when you enter a room. Start with a color you love and follow through. For example, if you love red, throw some red pillows on your sofa, or add some red curtains or a bright red rug. LuxDeco, online luxury interior experts, points out that color shades can warm up, brighten, or soothe a rental space.

2. Add Some Plants 

Adding a few colorful potted plants to the space is a great way to create a more relaxing look. Choose easy-to-care-for plants that don't require a lot of direct sunlight.

3. Use Multipurpose Furniture

Better Homes & Garden suggests considering new ways to use furniture. Look for pieces that can serve multiple purposes as great ways to free up space. For older pieces that could use a new look, search for furniture upholsterers near you and use Angi.com to read up on customer reviews. Costs for a reupholstery project range from $340 to $960, depending on the size of the piece and the materials used.

4. Consider Track Lighting

Track lighting uses adjustable fixtures with track-mounted light bulbs that direct light exactly where you want it.

5. Replace Old Carpeting

If your carpet looks old, consider replacing the carpet with tile or laminate. If your landlord isn't keen on the idea, a large rug can be the perfect solution. A rug can help protect the floor underneath from damage—and also protect your rental security deposit.

6. Combine a Kids' Playroom and Guest Area

Depending on the ages of your kids, it may be wise to consider installing a playroom in the home. All children need a place to play, and this space can serve multiple functions. Use it as a playroom, but also consider turning it into an entertaining area for guests when the kids are in bed.

7. Create a New Seating Area

A rental home often doesn't have the possibility for room additions, but if you're handy, you can build your own seating area from pallets or leftover materials. You could place your new seating inside or in the garden. 

8. Incorporate Feng Shui

This 3,000-year-old Asian art is said to bring good fortune. Many people swear by it, and when decorating your rental property, feng shui concepts can add some positive energy and relaxation to your home. Feng shui takes into account the harmony of a room's elements, including energy, color, and direction.

9. Reinvigorate Your Home Office

If you work from home, take a few simple steps to balance the space and energy in your home office. According to feng shui, your desk should be where you can easily view as much of the room as possible. You should also position your desk near the window, where it's more likely to receive sunlight. Plants and colors can help balance the energy in your office; consider white or pastel colors to stimulate creativity. 

Bring Joy to Your Home

A home should be a place that brings you joy. Even when you rent and have decorating limits, there are still so many strategies and techniques to bring style, ease, and light to your space.

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