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Spruce Up Your Neutral Rental – Without Upsetting the Landlord!

When it comes to home decor, you can’t go wrong with light neutrals. Shades like light grey, beige, or even plain white can all bounce the light around making any space look bigger or brighter- plus the colors work with any style of decor. In my vast rental experience, landlords love painting their properties this way as it appeals to the most amount of tenants, allowing them to get people in and renting their places as quickly as possible. However, while there are great benefits to a neutral, blank canvas- it can feel very impersonal and can take a bit of sprucing up to make it feel like YOUR home.

Here are some of the ways you can liven up a rental without changing those neutral walls and flooring…

Add Wall Decoration

Landlords can be funny about their tenants putting holes in the walls, so it’s worth speaking to them first and getting permission. (If you’re not allowed to make holes, you can always use command hooks.) You could hang anything from a piece of art that you’ve carefully selected to a gallery wall made up of framed prints that you switch up every few months. Either way, wall decor is an easy way to add personality to a room without paint or wallpaper. Round out the look with a statement clock and a mirror, these will also break up the bland walls but they’re of course functional, too!

Choose Statement Furniture

When the rest of your decor is  plain, you have the freedom to be a bit more adventurous with other items and your furniture is one place you can go wild. How about choosing a statement coffee table, or upcycling your tv unit or sideboard for a unique look? A plain sofa might be best as it’s an investment piece that will need to stand the test of time. But pair it with a brightly colored or patterned chair or a funky footstool. Choose one or two key pieces to stand out and go with bold and unusual styles. A fantastic way to show off your personality!

Think About Lighting

Lighting is something that’s often overlooked and left as an afterthought when it comes to decor, but it shouldn’t be. Lighting is such an important element, and it’s another way you can inject a little extra personality into the room. It could be anything from a chandelier to an industrial looking fitting with exposed bulbs. And don’t forget to add lamps! If you purchase smart bulbs, you can adjust the brightness and warmth of any room’s glow right from your phone. Plus, colorful or interesting lamp bases, shades, or both can bring in a little extra something to a room that’s decorated in neutral colors.

Consider Accessories

Your accessories are what will bring the room together, show your style and allow your personality to come through. Add cozy cushions and throws to spruce up sofas, chairs and beds. Patterned or colored rugs to make floors feel more comfortable and to tie rooms together. Let your interests and hobbies shine through! Whether that includes a place to display your geode collection, a Viking axe hung on the wall, or a beautifully aquascaped aquarium! Don’t just choose things for the sake of it, instead have a good think about not only what will work well in the space but what really reflects YOU. Your home should be a curation of the things that you love. Just remember – it’s quality over quantity when it comes to things out on display.

Add Plants

Any home (whether a rental or not) will benefit from the addition of plants! Not only does the color and texture liven up a home but they’ve even been shown to boost mood. You could go with some larger standing varieties in pots, a few mini cactus, smaller plants on tables and desks, and hanging plants. If you’re bad at keeping plants alive, go for low maintenance varieties, or there’s even some rather realistic-looking faux varieties on the market these days. Vases of flowers are another option. You can buy bunches from supermarkets very cheaply, and they will brighten your home for days! Plus, it’s a fun way to treat yourself. 

How have you spruced up a neutral rental without upsetting your landlord?! 

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Three Fun Office Updates

Is your office feeling a little blah? When the weather is so beautiful, it can be that much more difficult to drag your butt to work and get productive. Luckily, a little decor transformation can go a long way in motivating you to meet those deadlines! (Even when the sun is calling your name.) With that idea in mind, I decided to put together three office style updates.  Here they are…
Parisian Chic

For Parisian Chic I went with an executive look with lots of white and gold.

Show off your fashion-forward side with a sweet spiral bound notebook, geometric desk tray,  polka dot pen, and designer style pencil cup. Keep all your important papers organized in a super stacked desk organizer and a wide drawer filing cabinet. Place a sleek side table in the corner for plants and a convenient spot for co-workers to set coffee cups when they drop by for a morning chat. Don’t forget to keep a clipboard handy for boss-lady chic on the go!

Quirky + Colorful

For Quirky + Colorful I went with an artist look with lots of bright elements to foster creativity.

Decorate your artistic alcove by adding tons of colorful notepads, notebooks, and sticky notes along with a few quirky pieces like a stapler shaped like a bunny and a rolling shelf unit that doubles as a comfy place to sit. Add a few Eiffel Slope chairs for even MORE pops of color. Don’t forget to stock your desk with a slew of markers for doodles and taking (colorful) notes.

Ethereal Elements

For Ethereal Elements I went with a dreamy look with lots of light and airy pieces.

Draw inspiration from the earth around you and the sky above with a wooden filing cabinet, a branch bundle table lamp, a chair decked out with beautiful songbirds, and pendant lights. Pay attention to adorable little details by including a magazine file to store inspirational periodicals and a whole bunch of butterfly sticky notes to jot down your great ideas. Ever a fan of the written word, cheeky phrases on mouse pads and pencil pouches are always a plus.

What do you think? Which would suit your personality best?