Decorating a rental is an exercise in creativity. You have to get around what your lease dictates and think in the short-term. No wonder many of us stay away from paint, even when landlords are liberal about it!
However, this project by Canadian designer (which also happened to be her own rental) might change your mind and inspire you to pick up a roller. Though this particular home, at 2,500-square-feet, is much larger than your typical rental, there are plenty of takeaways from the dramatic design.
Namely, that bold paint in the living room. Forrest used an inky hue to create a feature wall, which gives the space a cozy feel. It's a color that most homeowners — let alone renters — would shy away from. "For me, black is a bold neutral," Forrest says. "It creates drama in any space and adds a luxury feel to rooms with not much architectural flair. I feel the same about a deep navy blue."
Forrest was also more willing to try out an edgier decor scheme because of the fact that the project was a rental. "My inspiration for decor in the rental was somewhat of a rock princess feel — and because I knew this home was temporary for me, it allowed me to be more free in color and style choices," she says.
Though Forrest, like most renters, was unable to change out foundational features (flooring, counters, etc.), she brought character in through accessories that stand up to the strong color choices. In the pink bedroom, simple black-and-white flourishes tame the bright hue; while glimpses of wood and iron give the living room an industrial-chic feel.
Overall, Forrest's design proves the power of a little positive thinking when it comes to rentals.