For many people, renting is a smart choice. One of the downsides of renting, however, is the fact that you can’t paint the walls. Many renters simply live with the drab, neutral colors and chalk it up to part of being a tenant. For those of you hoping to add a little color to your life, the following tricks are just for you.
1. For The Walls
Just because you can’t paint doesn’t mean you can’t give your walls a makeover. Choose large art pieces that feature bold, bright colors. Alternately, if you’re the artsy type, paint a large canvas and cover an entire wall. For those of you less-artsy-type, look for wall decals or removable wallpaper to spice up the neutral tones.
2. Get Creative With Your Furnishings
If browns, beiges, and whites abound in your rental, add a little color by bringing in colorful pieces of furniture. From boldly painted wood pieces to bright, soft materials, you can really add your own personal touch without ever having to permanently change anything in the apartment. Look for pieces that express your personality by choosing your favorite colors or a theme that ties together throughout the space.
3. For The Windows
If you’re lucky enough to have a few big windows in your apartment, dress them up with colorful curtains or shades to bring in warmth and personality. There is a wealth of tutorials online that show you how to make DIY window coverings, so if you’re the type who likes to make things, this is the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine.
4. Accent Pieces
Accent pieces make all the difference in a room. Whether you rent or own, it’s important you don’t overlook the little things. Pillows, throws over the back of your couch, area rugs, etc. can add the punch of color your drab room is looking for.
5. Plants Are Your Friends
Another great way to add color to an otherwise neutral rental is to bring in several plants. Hang them from the ceiling near a window, place them on your kitchen counter, or purchase a plant stand or two to hold a couple of plants in the living room. There are several varieties of houseplants that are easy to grow, so if you don’t exactly have a green thumb, you’ll still be able to enjoy the color.
If taking care of live plants isn’t your thing, you can always add a few fake plants here and there to achieve the same effect.
If you live in a colorless rental, you’re not destined to be colorless forever. Use the tips above to add some fun and personality to your space.