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5 design tips for renters

Hey renters! We see you :) Interior design isn't just for homeowners, and being a renter doesn't mean you can't make your home unique to you. There are many ways you can add your personal touch and liven up your space to make your rental feel like your own.

We have sourced and linked some of our favourite products below for you.


Adding peel and stick tile to your kitchen or bathroom backsplash, or even creating a feature wall, is a great way to add some personality to your space. Floor tile is another great product, but be wary of residue left over after removing it, which can easily be removed with a cleaner like "Goof Off" if needed. Since these are removable, you shouldn't need permission from your landlord to use them. Stores such as Lowes, Amazon, Home Depot and Wayfair all have a huge selection of adhesive tiles.


Removable wall decals will add some serious style to your space, whether it is a bedroom, office, living room or nursery. When it comes to decals, Urban Walls is killing it. I tried to source other fabulous decals but all searches came back to Urban Walls. They have everything from wall decals, to wall paper and murals in every style you could possibly imagine. A great way to create unique and inexpensive art is with a sample size of wallpaper in a nice over-sized frame. They are also local to the Fraser Valley which is extra awesome. It was hard to just pick a few, I highly encourage you to browse their website for the endless designs and some serious inspo.


If your landlord will allow it, changing out lighting fixtures can be an inexpensive way to make a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Many rental units will come with the oh so popular "boob light" (stay tuned for an upcoming blog on updating the boob light for under $100). Some of our favourite economical lighting lines are Matteo, ET2, and shopping online at Wayfair or Amazon. Make sure you check that they are CSA approved! You can ask your landlord of you can replace fixtures using a certified electrician. Box up the existing fixtures for storage, and simply put them back in when you move.

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Photography by Snowchimp Creative

Rug from West Elm

Area rugs are a great way to liven up your space, and cover up unattractive flooring. Some of our go-to sources for rugs are CB2, Article, Homesense (varying inventory) Wayfair, and West Elm.


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Photography by Snowchimp Creative

With your landlords permission, painting is the fastest and most cost effective way to give your home a new look with some fresh new colour. I tend to stick to neutral wall colours, and inject colour with art, accessories and furniture.

You can see what our 25 favourite neutral paint colours are on our BLOG


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