How to Add Farmhouse Decor to a Rental House
It is no secret that I love farmhouse decor these days! If you want to start adding this rustic look to your rental living space, the best place to start is in the kitchen! Sure, rentals can sometimes feel extremely limiting when it comes to decorating with your personal style, but with a little inspiration and decorating tricks, you really can turn your rental space into something you absolutely adore.
This post was updated on February 10, 2018
Originally Published:May 29, 2015
How to get a farmhouse look in your rental home
My favorite style these days is farmhouse decor. I love that so many homes have taken a modern approach to this classic style while still preserving the basics of what you would find in a true farmhouse out on a dirt road.
My family recently lived on a dirt road among the farming fields surrounded by horses and lots of wildlife. It really was a modern farmhouse! But, it was a rental. Our situation there was temporary. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to bring the farmhouse charm into your rental kitchen! I used several of these ideas myself, and as you read, you’ll see which ideas are still a staple in our current home.
In the kitchen, color, texture, and organized storage can become stylish with a rustic farmhouse feel if you use the right things. Think: flowers and patterns! Linens with florals and and structured vases or jars to organize things. We love using this picture as an ultimate farmhouse kitchen decorating idea.
If the owners allow it, consider swapping out an old faucet with a fitting new one that enhances your kitchen sink. This Allentown pull-down kitchen faucet is awesome for an updated farmhouse sink!
In my opinion, a scale is essential in a farmhouse style kitchen! I love the scale in my kitchen, and it goes wherever we move. Whether it is a standing scale or a hanging scale like this one below, look at how easily you can hang it and how much it dresses up the space! I often put fruit in ours but I adore these dishtowels.
Classic white pitchers from Ikea!
Another one of my favorite touches is using classic white pitchers to organize and display various kitchen utensils. Often, rental spaces are short on storage space, so decorating with your kitchen utensils is not only pretty, it maximizes the kitchen’s space. I place the white pitchers near the scale because they go perfectly together.
An absolute essential in any modern farmhouse style kitchen is a chalkboard! If you’re not able to paint a chalkboard onto your walls, which so many rental homes don’t allow, consider buying the peel-and stick version to create the identical style! I love that this chalkboard wall is decorated with a ladder shelf drying rack and a display of wooden rolling pins.
There’s something about the bold black and white pattern of buffalo check that makes any part of your home have that beautiful and cozy farmhouse feel. It doesn’t have to be an entire piece of expensive furniture! Consider small accents, like this one in the kitchen
Love Mason jars as much as I do? Did you know that they make hanging Mason jardrying racks? Again, they will save you space and look adorable with the rest of your kitchen decor. Plus, when you move, it goes with you!
Finally, add color to your farmhouse-style rental kitchen with flowers! Wildflowers are my favorite, but use what you have around you. Stack up various apple crates or trunks and find old watering cans and fill up the display to make it look like you just brought the flowers home. What if you don’t have flowers outside? Consider purchasing inexpensive silk flowers. They’ll do the trick and last all year long! I’ve been known to change out my flowers between seasons.