This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Every time we move (6 military moves so far), we’re presented with a blank slate. A totally empty house. Neutral walls, usually ugly beige or off-white fuzzy carpet, economy fixtures, and … well… nothing.

But before long, we’ve always got things feeling like home. And there are a few simple things we do to make sure that happens as quickly as possible.

  1. We unpack everything as soon as we can. Really. If we can’t find something a home or don’t feel like it, we don’t need it in our lives. Out it goes! Everything we want to keep belongs in our home for a reason, so we don’t want it locked away in boxes.
  2. We play with the furniture arrangement a bit. Usually one arrangement “clicks” with us and it just feels right. We don’t always find the right arrangement instantly. Sometimes it takes a few months, but knowing how simple it is to move furniture around keeps that option open in our minds.Tip: We have an “apartment-sized” couch and loveseat from Macy’s, and a pretty small/lightweight dining table from IKEA to better facilitate easy furniture arrangement.
  3. We hang curtains in as many rooms as we can. And not boring dark lame curtains either. We like light! Over the last few years, we’ve figured out that hanging them closer to the ceiling, and having longer lengths really makes the ceiling feel higher, and helps give us a good strong vertical resting place, if that makes sense.
  4. We display pictures we love on the walls. We’ve retired all of the “decor” that didn’t mean anything to us, and now we have family photographs, my husband’s Navy memorabilia (nicely arranged and framed), meaningful art, and so on. Just getting these things up on the walls so that we can see and enjoy them really goes a long way toward making a rental house feel like home.
  5. We anchor everything with a beautiful rug. It took me a while to fall in love with rugs, but now I can’t fall out of love with them. Rugs are an opportunity to make a big statement without a lot of extra “stuff.” They’re a visual anchor for the room, a wonderful chance to add some color or pattern, and honestly? In Navy housing, it’s just nice to have an additional layer between us and the gross carpet, if you know what I mean. And YES, you can put rugs on top of carpet. We’ve been doing it for years now, thanks to this amazing rug-to-carpet tape.

Kalaty asked me to make a mood/inspiration board using one of their rugs, and here’s what I came up with!

  • TOV James Sofa
  • PF-350 TRUE GREY rug
  • Kichler Westwood Dharma 25″ H Table Lamp with Drum Shade
  • Anthropologie Appliqued lace curtains
  • West Elm Diagonal Frayed Pillow
  • Rain Ivory & Aqua Pillow design by Sury
  • Anthropologie Enamel Art Frame

How would your living room look if you were starting from scratch?

Check out more mood boards for inspiration at Kalaty’s Pinterest. Also check out Kalaty’s Facebook page and Kalaty’s Twitter.

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3 Comments on 5 Ways to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

  1. Bobbi says:

    I need this so badly. Our own post housing carpet was not replaced before we moved in and it 6 years old.

    • Ugh, isn’t that frustrating? They’re supposed to do it every 5 years at the most, on most bases. But sometimes they try to “stretch” it and they KNOW that once you’ve moved all your stuff in, you’re not going to really want to have to move everything for them to replace it. 🙁 GRR.

      Rugs are the best.

  2. Kate says:

    Webster Groves!

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