Designers Agree—This One Upgrade Makes a Rental Living Room Look Expensive

Decorating a rental living room can be a tricky task. We get it: With the ever-looming threat of losing your security deposit, giving your space a fresh coat of paint, swapping out light fixtures, or even hanging up artwork with nails is discouraging, to say the least. Though replacing laminate wood flooring with the real thing may be out of the question, it is, however, possible to transform your standard leased living room into a space you love without sacrificing thousands of dollars in the process, contrary to popular belief.

To demonstrate how it's done, we turned to the experts. We tapped interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, Homepolish designer Mandy Cheng, Nathelie Macchioni of Hyphen & Co, San Fransico-based designer Nicole Newkirk, and Leanne Ford of Leanne Ford Interiors for their go-to rental living room hack. Read on to find out how these pros make a leased living room look expensive. (Spoiler alert: There was a clear consensus on the number one upgrade renters should make.)