Personalising your rental bedroom

Creating a personal oasis in your bedroom can be a challenge when you’re renting and limited in terms of how much you can change and alter permanently.

But when it comes to making your rental bedroom feel like a space of your own, there are still plenty of clever options that allow you to infuse your unique style into the space.  By artfully combining temporary decorating techniques with customised and thoughtfully selected furniture, you can genuinely transform a plain and uninspiring space into a haven that reflects your style. With every colour, texture and decorative item, you can create a unique sanctuary that resonates with your individuality and adds a touch of flair and familiarity to your bedroom.

Custom bedhead with patterned fabric by Heatherly Design for Helen McVean

Custom designed bedhead for Helen McVean Projects

Customise your bed head: Choosing a bespoke bed head will instantly transform plain blank walls and create a focal point in the bedroom. Whether you opt for a bold jewel tone in sumptuous velvet, a neutral boucle or a muted linen, an upholstered bed head will not only help make the space feel more like your own but also bring a softness to plastered walls, making the room feel warmer and more inviting.

Low ceilings can also appear much higher when you fill in more of the wall’s real estate. A headboard with lots of height will immediately attract your gaze as you enter the space. 

 We recommend making a complimentary appointment with one of our interior designers, who can guide you through tailoring a piece to perfectly suit the dimensions of your room and cater to your unique taste. With their expertise, they will collaborate with you to understand your vision and translate it into a bespoke furniture piece that harmonises seamlessly with your existing decor. Furthermore, our extensive selection of over 100 premium fabrics ensures that you have a plethora of options to choose from. To assist you in making the perfect selection, we can also organise a fabric sample, allowing you to see and feel the materials firsthand, ensuring that your chosen fabric aligns flawlessly with your desired aesthetic.

Home Beautiful magazine how to style your rental bedroom Heatherly Design

Waldon bedhead in Bergen Caramel linen for Home Beautiful magazine

Swap out your bedding: Your bed takes up the largest area in the bedroom space, so the easiest way to alter the look and feel of your bedroom is by changing your bedding. Choose your palette depending on how you want the room to feel. For warm and inviting, opt for layers of buff neutrals in earthy tones such as sage green, sandy beige and rust. Then play with contrasting textures such as linen sheets, woollen throws and boucle cushions. For a dark, moody bedroom, rich jewel tones offer boldness, while shades of pink and blush can create an airy and romantic atmosphere.

Green velvet bedhead and bed base with gas lift Heatherly Design

Oxford bedhead with Gas lift bed base

Look for space-saving ideas: In a world where space is a precious commodity, the struggle to create a cosy and practical bedroom sanctuary often lies in fusing functionality with style. The easiest way to clear clutter from your space is with furniture design that doubles as storage, such as a gas lift bed or storage ottoman. You could even utilise under-bed storage to stow away items and keep them hidden from view with a custom valance. At the same time bedside tables with drawers and shelves offer versatility and multifunctionality. Furniture can be cleverly utilised to create distinct spaces and zones within your bedroom. For instance, a room divider can effectively separate your work desk from the sleep area, ensuring a clear distinction between productivity and relaxation. Furthermore, placing an area rug under the bed not only adds warmth and texture but also serves as a visual cue, defining the sleeping area while providing the added benefit of reducing noise.

Giselle curved Heatherly Design bedhead striped fabric

Giselle bedhead in clients own fabric

Upcycle pre-loved furniture: Upcycling projects such as painting and repurposing second-hand furniture items including dressers, nightstands, and chairs can also inject personality into the bedroom. Consider browsing local vintage stores and online marketplaces for hidden gems at affordable prices. We love the thrill of transforming ordinary pieces into unique, customised treasures while staying within a budget. For example, repurposing an old wooden ladder into a stylish bookshelf adds a touch of charm and practicality.

Unlocking the true potential of a rental bedroom comes down to injecting character and charm, all while staying within your budgetary bounds. Take an amble through markets, vintage fairs, and even op shops to discover hidden gems that hold stories of their own, infused with history and soul. Thrifty finds, from a weathered wooden chest that doubles as a nightstand to a vintage lamp that emanates a warm glow and even unique vintage art, will effortlessly breathe life into the space, transforming it into a haven of personal expression.

Tan linen bedhead design with gingham wallpaper for Home Beautiful Magazine

Medina Bedhead in Dargo Camel linen

Incorporate temporary decorating items: Curtains, rugs, and even removable wallpaper or wall murals for kids’ bedrooms can all infuse personality into the space. 

The beauty of temporary wallpaper and decals is that they allow you to effortlessly revitalise your walls without commitment. Whether you opt for a daring and vibrant statement or a soothing and understated backdrop, removable wallpaper enables you to redefine the atmosphere of your space and experiment with evolving design trends.

Potted plants can also bring a fresh touch to any corner of the room, while a well-placed mirror can also make a space feel bigger and brighter. Finally, personal items, from photographs to unique knick-knacks collected during memorable travels and sentimental treasures, infuse a sense of familiarity, nostalgia, and warmth into the room.