Midwest #2: Rachel's Bungalow of Bright Ideas

Name: Rachel Location: Springfield, MO Type of Home: Rented Bungalow

What inspired you to use color? We couldn't paint and had a tight budget to purchase items to fill our new home. This lent itself to buying inexpensive pieces and painting them. I love the clean backdrop that our rental beige provides to our pink metal locker.

Color Tip: Don't be afraid to paint inexpensive furniture or accessories to match your quality pieces. Pillows don't have to have all the fun.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.