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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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My Old Kentucky Home (Bar)

My Old Kentucky Bar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Because I’ve never lived in very large abodes, my design aesthetic works within the restrictions of doing more with less.  I love pieces that can be re-purposed into multiple uses. I love smaller elements that can work together to create an over-arching theme or feeling. And I love building unique spaces within my home from the stepping stone of one great source of inspiration. Enter the fantastic website Chairish. This site allows lovers of home decor, like myself, to buy and sell used furnishings in a super easy way. Everything in their online store is curator-approved and there’s literally something for every taste, price point and home. I think it would be fabulous to pick one killer piece of vintage furniture as your starting point in a space and draw in other (cheaper) elements to build on the look. To show you how, I’ve chosen these vintage, wicker back bar stools as the foundation and pricier statement piece for my dream Kentucky Bourbon Bar. I then pulled inspiration from the likes of Etsy, Target and my local liquor store to find frugal-friendly elements to round out the look. Of course, not many of us have a dedicated room for a bar in our houses or apartments–I think this look would work great in an apartment where a counter serves as the divider for kitchen and living room or even in a studio (just throw the stools up against the wall for some easy added seating for entertaining)! This will make your space feel bigger because it will add the feeling of having an additional room within what was once just two, or even one. And honestly, having a little home bar is the quickest way to making your space feel chic and grown up. Even in the smallest, dorm room-iest of apartments put a little bar cart in the corner and your space is screaming metropolitan and classy to me. Just check out these studios. And these homes.
 
 
Alright, wanna take a closer peek at a few of the items?
 

Bourbon rocks glasses. Simple and to the point.

Horse bottle opener. A hat tip to horse country.

“Sun shines bright” Kentucky print. Gives meaning to the bright yellows and blues.

Firefly lantern lights. Would look great twinkling along the counter, on the wall or around a window.
 
 
If it’s in the budget, I also love this ceramic cocktail set because it looks like a classy take on a Moonshine jug and this bamboo bar cart because it calls to mind Derby parties of yester-year. And of course, the bar would be fully stocked with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Corsair gin and wine from the Old 502 Winery.
If you’re looking for a fantastic statement piece for your home, I highly recommend clicking on over to Chairish.com. (I’m also loving this teal mirror, this minimalist desk, this brass elephant, and this whimsical bookcase.) I’m certain it will spark some design inspiration inside of you!