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How To Decorate For NY’s Red Hot Rental Market?

This Sunday’s NYT’s Real Estate section gave tribute to  New York’s Rental Market stating,”the average rent in Manhattan surpassed the all-time high set in 2007.”  Even with such expensive rental averages, people from all over the world are looking for a place to call home amongst this iconic cement playground. Tenants are finding tricky ways to save by sharing smaller apartments or forfeiting a living room for a bedroom. But these sacrifices should not apply to the interior design of the space; rather authorize its importance.

With so many rental rules and landlord laws, its hard to turn your classic model apartment into something warm, comfortable and homy. With a designers eye, the small necessary touches to turn your cold white walls into something extraordinary can be attained. By covering your walls with knick-knacks you have collected over time makes this living room looked “lived-in.”

eclectic living room design by boston media and blogs The Red Jet

This narrow space was transformed into a modern sophisticated living room by adding simple clean window treatments and standard furniture. By keeping your sofa and bed classic sizes, it is easy to create the similar look in your next rental when you choose to move. Note: the ‘floating’ furniture is smart in diving the room into sections and makes a great floor plan.

modern bedroom design by chicago interior designer Nicholas Moriarty Interiors.

Area rugs and art can instantly transform a bland box and give your apartment pleasant atmosphere. Not only do these adjustments add bright colors, they also have mobility. Things that you can take with you once you leave your rental are conducive for renters who tend to move more often.

eclectic living room design by new york interior designer ABCD Design LLC

Typically, property owners do not allow renters to paint their apartments. Even in situation where you are allowed to paint, the room must be painted back which can be daunting. An easy fix is to paint just one accent wall. By painting the wall behind the bed, color is added to this all white room and it also takes the place of a headboard.

eclectic bedroom design by atlanta interior designer Dayka Robinson

Sleek is key with New York rentals. The designer here accented this barren room with a small but effective art installation against the longest wall. Simple sheer curtains finish the look while the clean lines of the coffee table and sofa make for a comfortable sitting area.

contemporary living room design by new york media and blogs kate singleton

Another view of the same room.

contemporary living room design by new york media and blogs kate singleton

Again, small painting projects are the way to go with rentals. This apartment in Greenwich Village brings the small built in shelves to life by painting the interior of the shelves a dark taupe.

eclectic living room design by new york architect Abelow Sherman Architects LLC

Simple clean and neutral curtains accent these large floor to ceiling windows, and can easily be used in many situations after your lease is done.

modern living room design by new york interior designer Amy Lau Design

Dont ignore the hideous overhead lighting you find in most rented apartments. They cast a very unattractive stark lighting and makes any room uncomfortable. Simple, inexpensive lighting installations can be added. Put up a chandelier or any fixture that expresses your own style.

eclectic ceiling lighting design by August Avery

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