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Decorating a Rental

Jenny wrote:

Having a hard time choosing colors for living room/dining room area. Small rectangular space and would like it to feel bigger. Couches are a floral print with dusty rose, dusty blues, sage greens, and creams. Carpet is an awful tan/brown. Living room also has red brick fire place that I do not want to paint over. Do not like red, orange, and yellow. Ceiling is flat white, no trim, and heavily textured that cannot be removed or recolored. I am a little afraid of anything but white. We want a change and I'm too chicken to choose on my own. Live in a very out dated rental with full permission to do as we wish but I don't want to get too carried away. Please help with suggestions. Thank you.

Lindsay answered:

Hi Jenny,

Decorating a rental always provides a unique set of challenges, but I’m so glad that you get to make some choices!  If I were you, I’d focus only on wall color and not look at doing anything that adds a big expense.  Make sure the majority of changes can be things that you take with you if and when you move.Read More >>

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I need your help!

My family will be moving soon and I want to paint my new room a different color than the one I have now.

We haven't selected a house, so I have no idea on the amount of light the room will receive or how big it will be. However, I want a light, airy look, with pops of color.

The problem is, my bed is black cast iron, my desk and side table are glass-topped with black metal legs, and my desk chair is also black. Airy? Anything but!

These items absolutely must stay in the room, though I can decorate with paintings/accessories any way I want. My sheets are baby blue, and I have an ancient quilt my great-grandmother sewed that is checkered pastel pink, green, white, and blue, but the quilt is very faded (not bright at all). 

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