Designer Natalie Chong shares advice on how to decorate a small rental apartment. See how she made the most of her 755-square-foot space to create a home that’s both comfortable and inviting.

Natalie recommends painting the walls to add personality to a rental, and she opted for three shades to create flow in the small space. She replaced builder basic blinds with drapes for textural interest, and opted for customized big box furniture to serve as decor pieces as well as storage space. Her biggest piece of advice is to avoid buying tiny furniture for a small space — instead, play with scale to keep things interesting. And if you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, utilize it by covering the concrete with patio furniture and plants.

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Design, Natalie Chong of Nest Design Studio.
Entrance: Shoe cabinet/console, Ikea. Hardware on cabinet, Restoration Hardware. Table lamp, umbrella stand, bowl, mirror West Elm. Tray, Homesense. Runner, Zara Home.
Dining: Console, Ikea. Slipcovered dining chairs, pendant, art, West Elm.
Living: Desk, side tables, art, driftwood, West Elm. Chair, Bouclair. Custom sofa, ottoman and chairs, Grand Dukes Design. Media console, Ikea. Rug, HomeSense. Curtains, throw pillows, Your Sweet Home (fabric, DFO). Art, West Elm, Etsy, Linelle Lemon, Sarah Swanson. Lamps, Pottery Barn. Wood accent bowl, H&M Home. Candle sticks, Crate & Barrel. Beaded garland, diffuser, Shop Nest TO through Etsy.
Bedroom: Armoires, shelves, duvet cover, mirror, pendant, Ikea. Sheets, Hotel Collection. Throw pillows, Aura Home. Sconces, Restoration Hardware Teen. Vase, West Elm. Gold bowl, Elte Mkt.

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