Teen home dé­cor trends for your rental

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Just be­cause you’re a ren­ter doesn’t mean you need to set­tle for bland, bor­ing dé­cor. You can make more of your space in an in­ex­pen­sive yet trendy way.

Don’t know where to start, don’t worry. Here are ten top home decor trends on­line real es­tate ex­perts Homes.com and ForRent.com un­cov­ered af­ter sur­vey­ing more than 140 home de­sign ex­perts across the coun­try on the year’s big­gest home trends.

• Do-it-Your­self: Do-it-your­self pro­jects save money and al­low you to in­cor­po­rate per­son­al­ity into your decor. For ex­am­ple, dis­tress­ing old head­boards, hutches, benches, and other wood fur­ni­ture can en­rich a room’s ap­peal.

• Go Ver­ti­cal: Noth­ing perks up a room like a fresh coat of paint. If your rental prop­erty pro­hibits paint­ing, use tem­po­rary tech­niques to cre­ate a gor­geous vis­ual land­scape, such as your own art­work.

• Fall in Love with Flo­ral: Make your apart­ment pop with flo­ral pat­terns. If that’s over­whelm­ing, keep it sub­tle with an ac­cent pil­low in the den or bed­room.

• Mix It Up with Met­als: Me­tal­lic shades are not just for ap­pli­ance fin­ishes. A great al­ter­na­tive to color, they can be used as ac­cents, pic­ture frames, vases, pil­lows -es­sen­tially any­thing you’re in­spired to give a unique look.

• Brighten Up: If your space is look­ing dull, brighten it up with a splash of color. Whether it’s the small­est ob­jects or an en­tire wall, color ac­cents can dras­ti­cally change a room’s ap­pear­ance, giv­ing it that pop you’ve been look­ing for. This year, it’s all about pur­ple -- Ra­di­ant Orchid, the Pan­tone color of the year, to be ex­act.

• Or­ga­nize: The kitchen is of­ten over­looked when it comes to or­ga­ni­za­tion. Stor­age bins and la­bels in the pantry keep snacks, condi­ments and other food items sep­a­rate and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. A com­mand cen­ter at the front of your home should in­clude a place to keep keys, mail, sun­glasses and the other things you need most.

• Bring the Out­side In: Plants add gor­geous depth and tex­ture to a home. In­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes, and colors for vis­ual ap­peal.

• Clas­sic and Con­tem­po­rary: If you lean to­wards a more con­tem­po­rary style, in­clude vin­tage pieces for an ul­tra-up­dated ap­pear­ance. Th­ese el­e­ments cre­ate con- trast for a unique look -- plus, you can find a lot of clas­sic pieces for great prices at thrift stores.

• Lux­u­ri­ous Light­ing: Some­times rentals can be less-than-lu­mi­nous. Add tem­po­rary dec­o­ra­tive light fix­tures so you aren’t left in the dark.

• Play with Tex­tures: Don’t buy all your fur­nish­ings from the same place. In­stead, mix and match dif­fer­ent tex­tures and styles to cre­ate an in­trigu­ing at­mos­phere, rather than the cold, uni­formed feel of a fur­ni­ture store.

For ad­di­tional dec­o­rat­ing tips, visit the Idea Gallery at Homes.com. If you have your own dé­cor ideas, use #HomeMo­ments to share them on Twit­ter.

There’s no place like home, so take it from the pros -- it’s worth the ef­fort to make your rental prop­erty a great space.


Even if you are rent­ing, it doesn’t mean that you have to set­tle for bland, bor­ing decor. Make your rental prop­erty a great space in an in­ex­pen­sive yet trendy way.

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