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Chic Neutral Retreat

Above: The renter of this campus apartment wasn't
allowed to paint the walls, but decorated her
bedroom to remind her of a "small chic hotel."

Above: The furniture is all sleek, black, and sophisticated.

Above: She did all the artwork herself and used a
palette of white, cream, beige, and chocolaty brown.

Above: I think the bed looks especially inviting and
luxurious. She also made the floor-length curtains herself.

This apartment dweller loves natural earth tones and she used them beautifully. As you can tell in this bedroom, white, cream, brown, and beige don't have to be drab. In fact, they can be very calming, pleasing to the eye, and luxurious. It makes for a peaceful retreat after busy days on campus. It's also more grown-up than your typical college apartment and very chic.

This apartment and the photos of it belong to robint06 from HGTV's Rate My Space.




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