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Old 07-19-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Hey everyone!

I'm moving into a rental house next month and it's great, but the interior hasn't really been updated since the 80s.

The trim is that medium-dark wood color (can't paint over that - it's a rental) and the carpet is that cheap beige/tan stuff.

Any decor ideas? My style is usually crisp whites and blues (think Mykonos), however, if I tried to have a "Mykonos" concept for this place it would just be an eyesore.

I don't know how to word this properly, so I hope it makes sense, but I want my decor to "go with" the house so that it isn't so much of an eyesore.

I can paint the walls just probably not the trim.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: CO
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Buy an area rug or several smaller rugs to cover most of the boring carpet color. If you're allowed to paint the walls the color you want then you can do that and decorate as you wish. The wood trim will fade into the background. I think it's only really obvious to you because you hate it but I don't think it's a a major factor in your design.

There's a million rugs out there. Like this, or try HomeGoods/TJMaxx.

nuLOOM Handmade Luna Moroccan Trellis Rug (5' x 8') | Overstock.com Shopping - Great Deals on Nuloom 5x8 - 6x9 Rugs
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I don't know why LL's just don't let the tenant paint over the trim when it is so outdated and ugly.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:31 PM
 
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Can you hang draperies? if so, extend the rods out past the window casing and have them long enough to hide the window sill.

Just pretend the carpet is sand................
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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I forgot to add that there's also a red brick fireplace. Any ideas that will go with that?

Red brick fireplace + dark wood trim + beige fuzzy carpet doesn't really go with my typical style. But since I can't change the place, I'd like to accommodate what's there so it doesn't all stick out like a sore thumb.

I'm struggling with this one. Plus, I'm sure I'll be living there for the next 2- 3 years.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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Bright curtains were a good suggestion and paint (but not the trim). A fireplace too, sounds nice.
If it resembles anything like the link below, there are people like myself who would love the place
especially the wood trim since it is original to the house and well crafted.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FsQac0cAaV...0/DSC04161.JPG
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Two more links as examples to work with natural wood trim;

Before & After: A Dining Room Designed on a Dime | Apartment Therapy

Natural wood trim on Pinterest
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I don't know why LL's just don't let the tenant paint over the trim when it is so outdated and ugly.
We've had tenants who wanted to change colors, paint trim...we are fine with anything that will make
the house look better.... I don't know why the owners would want to protect an old 80's look.....
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Because trends come and go, but once trim is painted over, it doesn't come back to natural wood without a whole lot of effort or money.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Because trends come and go, but once trim is painted over, it doesn't come back to natural wood without a whole lot of effort or money.
You're right... if it was quality woodwork I wouldn't paint over it either...but in the rentals we own it isn't.
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