Adding Color to Your Rental: 5 Real Renters Share Their Solutions

published Aug 31, 2016
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Color doesn’t have to be permanent…or even on the walls. It also doesn’t have to be super saturated or loud, either. These five renters added soft, subtle color to their homes—in ways that won’t prevent them from getting their security deposit back!

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Mint to be (and nearly free)

I am quite proud of my dining room table and chairs. Several years ago I was driving and noticed this table near the road with a “free” sign on it. In excellent condition and from an expensive furniture store, I knew I had found the perfect find. Upon taking it home I painted the legs and thrifted chairs a pale mint color…”

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Spread it all around

In this Organic, Vintage Scandinavian-Inspired Style home in London, Ruth puts her personality into this neutral-colored rental by adding the same lovely (almost periwinkle) blue color around the main living area, on some chairs, art, even quirk accessories like the hanging string of felt balls. Though the walls aren’t painted that blue, the blue color still feels prominent and powerful.

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Choose similar saturation

There aren’t any stand-out, loud colors in this Simple, Cozy American Classic Style in 600 Square Feet. In fact, there aren’t even any repeated colors. So what keeps this space perfectly blended yet exciting to look at? Alejandra and Oliver did a great job choosing a variety of colorful accessories that are all the same saturation—not a mix of bold colors and pastel ones. The result is a balanced look.

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Color with a side of gray

In this Industrial Modern Style in a 420 Square Foot Hell’s Kitchen Studio, Will and Kate masterfully add in color to an otherwise neutral space by choosing hues that have a little gray to them. Namely, the blue couch (which is a bright, bold blue, more of a subtle, softened grayish-blue) and the art above. It’s a smart move when you want a little bit of color but not a lot of loud color.

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Go with green

Green not only has a wide variety of shades—from olive greens to kelly greens to blue-greens—it also has another important aspect to it: It’s very prominent in nature, and nature always adds color without being too bold. In Leslie’s Warm, Refined “Urban Tree House” in Indianapolis, an army green sofa is the perfect way to add subtle color to her living room.