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Decorating a Rental

A rented space is a decorator's ultimate challenge: How can a home be personalized to suit a family if it's only temporary? In this charming makeover, fresh color and DIY accents are flawlessly coordinated to show how customized a rental home can really be.


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    • A Fresh Space

      Thrifty DIY updates and personal touches give this rental home a refresh that looks anything but temporary. Instead of buying new furniture, clean, white slipcovers give the old couch a new look. Family art covers the walls, an easy idea for giving both color and personality to a white backdrop.

    • Cost-Smart DIY

      To coordinate a new color palette and make over the space without spending a ton, the homeowner used inexpensive black chalkboard paper to add a faux-brick look to the fireplace. Rounding off the neutral color scheme with pops of color adds interest and variety.

    • Handmade Decor

      After seeing book-page wreaths online, the homeowner was inspired to create her own. Originally made for a book-signing party, this unique piece now fits nicely by the fireplace, another piece in the puzzle that makes this house a home.

    • Updated Dining Room

      Natural light in the dining room highlights the dining table and hutch, mismatched pieces that the homeowner customized for a unified look. A collage of hanging plates gives the room an extra splash of color in a place that is often overlooked.

    • Reinventing a Favorite

      After a fresh coat of paint, this hutch—a favorite piece of furniture—fits with the room’s new color scheme. White ceramic pieces make it a cohesive part of the dining room’s design. By focusing on the parts of the house the family can take with them when they move, like this hutch, the homeowners ensure a smooth transition to their next place.

    • It's in the Details

      Aqua-color trim on the hutch continues the dining room's bright and inviting color scheme. The homeowners' attention to details is what unifies the rental home's design and makes it feel like their own.

    • Touches of Nature

      Three logs from an old tree in the backyard were made into a unique piece that serves as a landing space near the front door. It’s the perfect place to keep keys or hang a purse.

    • Classic Neutrals

      The bedroom is filled with stylish, classic pieces that will serve the family well, no matter what home they live in. Above the upholstered headboard, a DIY sunburst mirror acts as a fun focal point and ties together the cream accents in the room.

    • Found Fixtures

      This light fixture, found at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, got a quick makeover with a new coat of white paint and now hangs in the bedroom. An assortment of bulb shapes adds interest to the fixture.

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      Stylish Comfort

      This designer-look upholstered chair was found on sale and serves as a classic piece that will travel with the family from home to home. Neutral fabric makes the armchair a versatile piece that can integrate seamlessly with any color scheme.

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      Made with Love

      A segment of a tree trunk got a coat of glossy white paint to make a perfect side table for a tight spot. The homeowners carved their initials into the trunk for a personal touch.

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