Most folks have rented at some point and understand the design struggle of living in a white-washed apartment. Landlords often prohibit their tenants from painting property interiors. For tenants in this predicament, it’s time to get creative and enhance that drab space. Paint isn’t the only medium for expressing creativity and creating a bright living environment; consider these five alternatives.
⦁ Removable Wallpaper
Also called “renter’s wallpaper,” removable wallpaper is a great temporary option for those restricted from painting but still looking to add style to a rental. This product is becoming more popular, so the number of styles and varieties are endless. Proponents state that it’s a breeze to remove, and can even be reused for future projects. This option is also damage free, so don’t worry about the security deposit being docked for adding this sophisticated feature.
A pop of color can change the whole atmosphere of a room. Consider some bright throw pillows, a funky area rug or a patterned sofa. Even though the walls are white, these accents revitalize an otherwise bland living space. For a fun twist, try experimenting with geometric patterns such as chevron and quatrefoil. Go beyond exciting patterns and colors and consider some interesting textures. A shag rug can look elegant in the right situation, but keep in mind that less is usually more with interior design.
⦁ Paint Furniture
Consider updating furniture with colorful paint. This is a simple do-it-yourself project that can help mask minor scratches and imperfections in older furniture. Even better, purchase previously owned furniture at a discounted price from resale shops or Craigslist. Just make sure to keep an open mind when it comes to choosing the furniture; paint can change the entire appearance! Want to create an antique look? Experiment with do-it-yourself distressing for a vintage look.
One of the easiest ways to spice up plain walls is by adding colorful, intricate, framed artwork. This not only covers bare walls, art showcases individuality and design more than solid wall color. Purchase famous prints or create original pieces to hang on the walls. Make sure to display posters, photographs and paintings in wood or metal frames for a more polished look.
Install floating shelves to display family photos, flowers, candles and collectibles. Shelving helps cover up blank space while displaying pieces that add character to the room. Make sure to only display pieces that the shelf is capable of supporting, or they may end up broken or damaged if the shelf falls. Simply fill the holes with inexpensive white painter’s putty before moving out. Although temporary, these options allow tenants to create stylish spaces without violating a lease. Follow all five to add panache to even the dullest rooms and create a comfortable, personalized design.
This article was written by Tali Wee of Zillow