December is upon us, and people are beginning to root out their Christmas decorations and get their homes ready for the festive season. But if you live in a rental property – where there are often rules against pinning garlands to walls and nailing wreaths to doors – you might be feeling a bit ‘bah, humbug’ about the whole thing.
There’s no reason that renters can’t get into the festive spirit too. If you need some decorating inspiration that won’t upset your landlord, look no further. Here are 7 rental-friendly Christmas decorations!
The easiest way to bring Christmas into your home is to put out some festive ornaments. Think snow globes, animal figurines, a classic nativity scene – even a dancing Santa! Whatever style suits your home, you can use Christmas ornaments as table centrepieces, bookcase decorations, or simply to spruce up an empty corner.
Scented candles abound at this time of year, especially ones with seasonal scents like pine, gingerbread and cinnamon. But it you don’t want to use real candles in your rental, or it’s explicitly forbidden by your contract, try a flame-free version. These use LEDs to create that relaxing glow, and many flame-free candles even flicker – almost as good as the real thing!
Traditionally, a wreath is hung on your front door using a nail, but you can display your festive foliage using an over-the-door hook, which doesn’t leave any marks on the door itself. You could also try a handle wreath – these cute, mini wreaths hang from the door handle instead, using string or pretty ribbon.
A decorative plant or vase of flowers can give any room a lift, and there are plenty of winter plants that are perfect for the festive season. Of course, holly, ivy and mistletoe are classics, or you could choose bold poinsettia or indulgent amaryllis. They make perfect display pieces for your dinner table, too.
5. Soft furnishings
‘Tis the season to be cosy, so fill your rental home with warm soft furnishings in bold Christmas colours or minimalist neutral tones. Blankets, cushions and slippers are perfect for the winter months, so choose reds, greens, golds and tartans for a traditionally festive look, or creams and greys for a chic Scandi style.
6. Christmas card holders
There are all sorts of creative ways to display your Christmas cards without pinning anything to your walls. Some card display holders hang from picture rails, or you can get freestanding ones that hold up your cards using clips. If you have hooks on the backs of your doors, you can also create a card display of your own using ribbon and colourful miniature pegs.
7. The tree
The ultimate rental-friendly Christmas decoration is the tree – you can go all out with it, even if you’re unable to decorate the rest of your home. If you’re using a real tree, make sure to hoover up the needles every couple of days, but other than that they’re easy to look after and they shouldn’t leave any marks on your home. Style your tree with baubles, fairy lights and even more ornaments for a truly eye-catching festive centrepiece.
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Cover image by Sweta Meininger on Unsplash
Door photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash