In this fun and kid-friendly family room, a map of the world pops out from the wall behind the sectional. Plush, colorful ottomans and accent pillows in a mix of patterns infuse the room with cheery personality.
This contemporary living room design features a classic front door, tufted neutral furniture and a black and white wallpapered accent wall. A stylish gray paint adorns the walls creating a calm, light look. Stylish decorations top the mantle over the white fireplace surround.
Behind the tufted sofa, a large archway opens into the formal dining room, making it easy to enjoy drinks and skyline views before heading to the table for dinner. Since the hardwood floors continue into the dining space, they create a sense of "visual flow" as well.
Once the sun goes down, the living room's bay window puts on quite a show, flaunting pink skies and views of Elliot Bay and the Space Needle. Notice how the designers outfitted this space with pillows in a slight pinkish hue to subtly complement the display.
Though dominated by neutral walls, furniture and floors, this transitional living room is anything but bland or boring. Rather, an abundance of patterned pillows decorate the tufted sofas and pull some visual interest into the space, while a striped area rug below enlivens the hardwood floors.
As the heart of the home, this living room has plenty of spots -- like two tufted sofas and a cushioned window seat -- where the owners can gather as a family. A nesting coffee table anchors the space and can be expanded to accommodate snacks and drinks, while a brick fireplace brings in some additional warmth.
The cool, artsy mobile Henderson found at a thrift store and the black metal sconce flanking the couch give this rental home a custom, architectural feel without expense or actual renovation says Henderson.
Whether you are renting or owning, in a city or town for one year or in a forever home, there is no reason you can't personalize and customize your space. Emily Henderson advises you "go into your attic or box of mementoes" for artwork and sculptural elements in your home in place of expensive, original artworks. "If it's two-dimension and means something to you, it can become a piece of art." The living room coffee table is a repurposed circus elephant stand painted with black spray paint, as is the etagere in the far corner. Circular forms that bring in a hip, Eighties vibe repeat in the couch and mantel mirror and peacock blue and natural wood side tables in the room to bring cohesion and purpose.
Simple white frames house a variety of special, sentimental objects in this chic gallery wall design by Emily Henderson. A Lucite box holds a sculptural object and three small frames house matchbooks from favorite restaurants. A gallery wall should be a reflection of the resident's tastes and interests and doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to create says Henderson. These personally significant mementoes help you capture your personal style and memories no matter where you go.
The author of Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, From Tabletops to Bookshelves, designer Emily Henderson worked with single-family home rental company Invitation Homes, to share some practical advice for making a rental home into a cozy, on-trend and functional space. Better still, you can take these tips with you each time you move to make every space beautifully suited to your unique style.
This etagere was also sourced at an Atlanta thrift store. Henderson repurposed the piece with black spray paint to fit with other black metal items like the coffee table and mantel mirror in the room. Better still, if the etagere paint gets chipped in transit you can always cover those glitches with a fresh coat of black spray paint.
Just refreshing your rug, pillows and throws can be an easy and affordable way to bring on-trend touches to a new home. "Warm tones like rusts, browns, tans, beiges are making a big comeback" says Henderson, especially when paired with black, blue or green.