Rental refresh - quick wins to update your rental property

Posted by Rebecca McDonald on

A durable, warm and cohesive home makes for happy tenants and landlords. It's super easy to refresh your rental property with little effort to create high impact!

Here's 3 ways to update your rental property:

1. Freshen up your paint work.

A new paint colour can immediately modernise and tidy up the property. Remember to always purchase some extra paint for touch ups  and label your paint can! 

Some favourite paint colours to consider for a fresh yet neutral colour scheme are: 

Resene Milk WhiteResene TruffleResene Merino


  • Resene Milk White is a lovely soft white and bang on trend as we move towards warmer whites for our homes (whilst still being timeless!).
  • Resene Merino and Half Merino (such a great paint colour with wood). 
  • Resene Truffle (in a strength to suit the light - I often like Quarter Truffle for a hallway and Truffle for the bedrooms). Truffle is a very flexible colour for most lights and surrounding elements.
  • White interior doors need a lot of wiping - try using a neutral such as the colours mentioned above rather than the stark white that you may have on your trims.

2. Replace the carpet. 

A Solution Dyed Nylon carpet is a landlord's dream! It is extremely hard wearing and very easy to clean. Light coloured carpets are a no go for your rental, and too dark a carpet shows every speck! You want a mid tone, ideally with a fleck. Check out the Atlanta range from Rhino or the Feltex Cable Bay carpet range for a large colour range and great wearability.

3. Lengthen your curtains

Elevate the look (and the insulation qualities) of your window treatments with floor to ceiling curtains. Curtain fabric often comes 3 metre wide so in most cases  it is just as cost effective to increase the length of your curtains. Honeycomb blinds are another excellent choice for your rental property. I love a linen look curtain in a hard wearing fabric.

Remember to focus on durability for your rental- you want to select durable and easy-to-clean materials that will withstand the wear and tear of your tenants every day life. 

 And of course, between tenants is the best time to update a tired rental property. It is much easier to paint the walls, replace the carpet and update handles if the property is empty! 

If you struggle with choosing colours, materials and finishes - get in touch. I can help you make quick, cost effective decisions and selections using current market trends. A cohesive and thoughtfully designed space adds value to your property. Here's a recent review from a landlord about my interior design service.

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