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I’ve had lots of experience over the years with rentals, from houses to apartments. Over time I’ve learned some of the best ways to personalize a temporary home to make it feel more personal and inviting – because this is so important to feeling supported and balanced at home! From designer tips that you can bring into your own home (rental or not) to services like CORT furniture rental to pull a comfortable home together easily, I’ve gathered my best five rental decorating tips below – plus you can hear it all in my new video! Watch the video above and check out all the design tips below.

Rental decorating tips from the CORT furniture rental showroom in Atlanta, GA on Thou Swell #cort #cortfurniture #furniturerental #furnitureshowroom #showroom(Photography by Kevin O’Gara)

Rental decorating tips from the CORT furniture rental showroom in Atlanta, GA on Thou Swell #cort #cortfurniture #furniturerental #furnitureshowroom #showroom

1. Rent Your Furniture
CORT is a furniture rental service which allows for easier move-in and out, and greater flexibility with the essential furniture pieces that make a home… home. Renting your furniture gives you the flexibility to personalize with your own accessories, and with delivery and pickup from the CORT team your home can come together anywhere without the hassle of furniture purchases. I visited my local CORT showroom and was amazed at the variety of styles they offered and fell in love with pieces like the great dining set and green velvet armchair above. Check out your local showroom to find out the amazing possibilities with CORT furniture rental!

Colorful patterned throw pillows on a tufted sofa in the living room on Thou Swell #homedecor #decor #throwpillows #pillows #patternmixing #livingroom

2. Textiles Are Key
Think ground up when it comes to textiles, because they come in on almost every surface to make personalization easy! From area rugs (try layering them for more interest) to throw pillows, blankets, curtains, and bedding, there are so many opportunities to create a more personal and inviting space with this key element. It’s worth investing in quality pieces, especially when it comes to curtains and bedding that have such key functions in your home. I’m a big fan of mixing colors and patterns with throw pillows to bring lots of personality to a room, and throw blankets always add an instant coziness factor.

Gray and blue living room in Atlanta, GA with modern and vintage mix on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #livingroom #livingroomdesign #interiordesign #homedecor #decorating(via Tye Street Living Room)

3. Layers of Lighting
The truth about overhead lighting (especially in rentals with builder-grade fixtures) is that the light is often too bright, harsh, and unflattering. To balance out a room’s lighting, use table and floor lamps to add ambient, eye-level lighting that will give the room a soft glow that’s more flattering and much more inviting! I often will rely solely on ambient lighting, especially at night, so prevent harsh overhead lights from taking over. Think about functionality too, and add reading lights by cozy chairs or sofa corners to provide key task lighting when needed.

Traditional dining room design with round pedestal table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #diningroom #diningroomdesign #diningtable #roundtable #pedestaltable #traditionaldesign #interiordesign #homedecor(via Cochise Drive Dining Room)

5. Think Big With Art
Artwork is one of the most personal additions you can make to a home, and it can bring a lot of visual impact to a space. The key way to make sure art makes an impact is to place a few key large-scale pieces to provide necessary points of focus for a room. When there’s too much going on, the eye won’t have a place to rest, which can make a room feel scattered or overwhelming. The simple fix is to find pieces almost as large as the furniture below them (like the sofa above) to provide balance to the room. It may sound expensive but don’t worry – there are tons of print downloads available on Etsy that provide affordable high-quality prints that you can print and frame yourself, and you can find artwork in your local CORT showroom to help fill in your walls.

I hope these rental decorating tips help anyone out there looking to make their rental feel like home! Let me know your favorite ways to personalize a space below… and check out the CORT blog for more tips and inspiration!

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