Rental Decorating – The Living Room

April 17, 2013

in Home

The kitchen is done and I'm knee deep in working on my bedroom (more on that soon) but the big news is I ordered a couch!

I have been looking for a couch for about a month to find something functional and affordable for the space.

My living room before we moved anything in:

living room

Once again I'm having to deal with these slightly yellow walls and beige carpet. The space is a squre with this marble (or so they said) fireplace. All of the wall space is fairly narrow except one wall.

I have decided that a great way to go when you really have no clue is to have inspiration rooms. I found several inspiration rooms when I was figuring out my design style.

I decided to go with a small sectional sofa. It's cozy, great for conversation and snuggling. It has the feratures I want at the right price. I wanted detatched back pillows, a low back, nonmicrofiber, and down not foam.

I ordered a Jonathan Lewis Artisan sofa in a mediium gray with sky blue pillows. This is the best I can do for a photo until the actual sofa comes in.


In a rental living room you have to do most of your decorating with styling and accessories.

Pillows and slipcovers are a great way to transform a space like this cozy living room from Nest Decorating.

living room pillows

Help out boring carpet with a rug or floor covering.

There are all kinds of tutorials on Pinterest for making your own rugs, pillows, side tables, coffee tables, entertainment centers, and art.

I have a living room board going here with quite a few tutorials and ideas.

I love these media shelves instead of an entertainment center from Life Through a Linds. They would be easy to take to another place later as well.

media shelves

I think the main thing to do is figure out the colors of your main pieces. Neutral or colors? Then decide what accent colors you want and start looking. Rearrange what you already have. Don't be afraid to move something from one room to another if it doesn't function in the room it "usually" lives in.




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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.


Maddie June 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I love the Jonathan Lewis Artisan sofa you picked! Where did you buy it from & how much was it? 

Lindsey June 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

I bought it from Mathis Brothers. It was $1473 before taxes and delivery. The thing I loved about it when I bought it was the price included my choice of fabrics for the sofa and the pillows. What I love about it now that I have it is how comfy it is!

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