Tips in Home Design and Interiors for Renters and Homeowners

March 16, 2022 0 comment

Written by: Eric Davis

Leasing is slowly becoming the go-to option of the younger generation and pushing the demand for properties for lease at an all-time high. However, these properties frequently lack the warmth and ambiance you’d expect from your permanent or long-term home. Rental apartments should be planned and decorated according to the prospective tenants’ references and market classification. Creating a smart design can make a rental property unique, welcoming, and unforgettable— characteristics that would also turn your property into a good investment. Put a little effort into making your place a pleasant and relaxing home, and you will reap the rewards by raising the value of your investment and will provide your tenants a place where they can build their memories and be long-term.

A photo sample of design planning.

The following are a few design elements in decorating your rental home.


Renter’s first impression normally happens when they first see your posting. From the beddings you use to the lighting in your home, choosing the right decor for your rental plays a big part in getting more tenants in this competitive market. Though there may be times when your rental property feels like home, it is still an investment where you expect a return of your money. Below is a list that property managers should consider while furnishing homes that they plan to lease out.

  • Furnishing: Always remember that future tenants will probably want their own space for their things. Think of using space-saving furnishing to get extra rooms for your tenants’ furniture. Use decorations that are not difficult to clean, as well.
  • Flooring – Do not consider equipping expensive, light-colored mats and carpets. If carpets are a must, make sure to have dark colors. You can also use alternatives such as a good underlay– it makes the carpets feel thicker and budget-friendly. Think of using laminated flooring in your kitchen, hallways, and bathrooms. Cleaning it is simple and doesn’t easily rip or wear.
  • Furniture – You will always need the essential household items, seating for your living room, a dining table, a bed. Keeping your budget in mind, put resources into a few decent household items that are sturdy and can be utilized for a long time.
  • Walls – Selecting the right wall color is vital for decorating your property. You can use white as it is a universal color. This method will guarantee that the wall color will not contradict the furniture that your tenant will bring or get. White is also flexible and can easily be changed whenever you need new paint when tenants move out and move in.

A picture of the wall interior.

  • Lighting – The lighting specialists at ArchDaily said, “Lighting is the most important element to consider when designing a space.” With this, it can make or break the home interior. Lightning should be one of the main concerns as it can change the room’s mood, size, and versatility. So, the effect of proper lighting should not be taken lightly.
  • Space – It conveys several other things, such as storage and attics: air conditioners, modems, and television sets are some of your future tenant’s essentials that need space. Ensure you provide dedicated spaces for these in your rental property.


Even if your rental isn’t your ideal home, that doesn’t mean you need to dislike it when you live there. You can’t completely renovate your rental home; however, you can make some modifications without rolling out long-lasting improvements. Follow below some ground rules without the risk of violating your tenant lease.

  1. Get owner/landlord permission documented – Review contract/lease before you start taking out money from your pocket to improve your rental house.
  2. Do not charge landowners – Provide your landlord the details and plan you want to do. There is a chance that they will like it, and if it happens, they may be willing to contribute to paying the expenses.
  3. Permanent wallpaper is a no – This decor is making a comeback. However, removing it is messy, and neither you nor your landlord will be happy to handle it.
  4. Beware of bed bugs – Be cautious in buying upholstered types of furniture. Take time to clean it thoroughly and air out the fabric items. You can also utilize professional cleaners.
  5. Decorate properly – Use items that can be removed easily and use the things you can take with you if you move out. Fill your rental home with drapes, carpets, plants, and appliances that reflect or fit your personality.
  6. Frugal is the key – Decorating your rental homes doesn’t need to be expensive. Consider all options and decide carefully on what you need to do to avoid spending too much on things you don’t need.


Once you get a documented approval, hold off your impulse in choosing themes and colors right away. See below for suggestions in getting your rental property to feel like a home.

  • Walls – Spending too much on expensive wallpaper and paint is not ideal. The trend is to use removable wallpaper. It is the most simple and cheapest way to decorate your wall. You can also use budget-friendly paintings and high-resolution images that will add liveliness to your rental home.
  • Plants – Plants can freshen up your home and create a unique look into your interior. They clean out the air inside and add liveliness. If you don’t have a green thumb, low-maintenance house plants such as succulents and cactuses are good ideas. If managing indoor plants is too much, flowers in a vase are the alternative.
  • Lighting – Though natural light is still better, additional lights can make a difference in your rental home’s interior. Proper and profuse lighting can affect the mood, change the ambiance and add color to your home.

Laminate Flooring-one of the many options to choose for interior flooring.

  • Flooring – Changing or installing new floors doesn’t need to be expensive. You can use a few temporary floorings and save up money simultaneously. You can use peel-and-stick tiles, laminate flooring, and sheet vinyl. Whichever you prefer, you need to make sure you do your research to ensure that what you decide is a proper fit.
  • Furniture rental – Good quality furniture is a must. However, if you are renting, it makes more sense to rent furniture instead of buying it. Furniture rental is more flexible and cost-effective than owning one. You won’t also need to take them when you move out.

Use your imagination, and don’t hesitate to try some cost-effective and practical designs on your rental home. Regardless of whether you live there for a brief time, your place should still be where you can relax and be comfortable. Davis Property Management understands both landlord and tenant’s needs. We strive to convey reliability and trust to our owners, tenants, and vendors at our core. Contact us at 425-658-7471 or send us an email at

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