A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a couple of tips on how to stretch your comfort zone and conquer your fears in decorating your home. And then Ruth commented, asking the question about how to go bold (simply) when you’re living in a rental. Great question!! When my reply to her comment went on and on, I realized there are probably many of you that have the same question.
Time to give some super simple tips (visually) on how to add a fearless punch to your decor… whether you rent or own. 🙂
While I tend to revert to paint as an inexpensive and easy way to test the fearless waters in decor, it may not always be an option if you’re renting. But my second tip — to start a Pinterest board of what inspires you — is a great place to start. Here are some options from my own Pinterest browsing…
Have a favorite bold fabric? Cover shoe box lids with it and use it as wall art! I love this idea!
This pin is an amazing illustration of going bold without using paint. I love the abstract art work on a neutral wall, over a neutral sofa. That’s the main punch… but don’t ignore the colorful pillows and throw. They add textures, layers, interest that complement that art work.
How simple is it to add a bouquet of fresh flowers? Keep it simple, keep it out of reach of children, but make it all the colors you’d like to introduce into your home.
What about a meaningful quote in vinyl for your walls? No damage to your walls, instant interest and personality, and a statement about you and yours — win, win!
Two things I love in this pin: bold drapes and a painted piece of furniture. Note the neutral walls and floor coverings provide the perfect backdrop to a colorfully painted piece of thrifted furniture and the brilliantly patterned drapes. If you can hang drapes in your space, DO! They finish a room like nothing else!
Next week, I’ll be sharing how I finished off my dining room makeover with some bold DIY drapes that took me waayyy out of my comfort zone.
Remember… God gave you your aesthetics and taste for a reason! If you’re in a rental where painting isn’t an option, start pinning and collecting what inspires you. Then trust your instincts — start with something small and noncommittal. What are YOU going to start with today?
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