To get the inside scoop on how to jazz up a rented space, we turned to Manhattan dweller, Chelsey Brown, founder of City Chic Decor. Chelsey specializes in small, rented spaces to show people how you can turn a rented space into your own cozy home.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE RENTERS CAN MAKE?
Not putting any effort into their home. Many renters believe that the interior of their space doesn’t matter because they will be moving out in a year or two. This is completely the wrong way to think! You always want to have a nice home to come home to, as it’s scientifically proven the atmosphere in your home can affect your stress levels.
Chelsey’s manhattan apartment certainly showcases a tranquil space to kick off your shoes and relax after a long day of work.
THREE TIPS FOR RENTERS TO DESIGN THEIR SPACE
1. Start with your bases
These are your largest items of furniture such as a bed or a couch. Working your design around the large-ticket items will help guarantee cohesiveness throughout the space.
2. Find Alternatives
For example, if you can’t hang real wallpaper, try to find some removable wallpaper you like. If you hate your kitchen countertops, use contact paper to cover them up. There are endless options to achieve what you want!
3. Go Bright!
Usually, a rented space will be smaller which means you need to find ways to create the illusion that the space is bigger than it is. Whites, light grays and ivories can instantly make your space feel open and larger.
OPTIMIZE YOUR STORAGE
Chelsey recommends using furniture with built in storage such as, an ottoman. It can be used for extra seating, a coffee table or stand-alone décor. Another great tip is to use the space underneath furniture for extra storage.
Just a reminder, “Don’t let having a rented space stop you from having your dream home. You can turn a rented space into your dream home with a little bit of design creativity!”
Check out www.citychicdecor.com for more tips on decorating rented spaces.
Get Your Design On.