Adding color to a "renter's white" apartment

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: How would you add color to this living room?
    paint : (8 votes)
    28 %
    curtains : (11 votes)
    38 %
    removable wallpaper : (6 votes)
    21 %
    other (explain below) : (4 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 5
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @peasantsong:  I love teal, so we battled the “renter’s white” with some some BRIGHT teal pillows and matching curtains. It looks SO much better already!

    Post # 6
    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Are you sure you’re even allowed to paint? I have tenants and we’ve written it into the lease that they aren’t allowed to paint period, so you might want to double check that! We did deal with some terrible tenant paint jobs though so we might be a little more cautious than your landlord…


    With that said, I’d use tempaper (removable wallpaper) on one wall either way. We did that and it is an easy way to add cool patterns/colors to a room without having to worry about making any permanent changes. They have this yellow one that’s kind of fun 




    Post # 8
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I agree with the yellow carpet idea. A nice printed rug with yellow curtains and then some throw pillows on the couch will add PLENTY of color.

    I also agree that the decorations need to come down on the wall some.

    Another idea is that you could add some mirrors to act as windows so it looks like your existing windows expand further over and that the couch is centered on them. They’ll reflect light and resemble windows when you put curtains over them. That also lets you add more curtains which means a bigger statement. That might be a pretty big project though becuase you’d need to frame them so they look similar to your current ones unless you completely hide them behind the curtains.

    But if you’ll be there at least 4 years and you’re allowed to paint, paint is pretty cheap and not TOO time consuming!

    Post # 9
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    A rug in the center of the room (under the coffee table) would certainly add color amd coziness to your place.  I would also replace the lamp shades you have with large slightly colored ones to give the room more character and color.  Can you purchase some big, bold, long drapes for the windows?  Install a nice rod above the windows and hang gorgeous drapes – would look fantastic.  

    Post # 10
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @wandering_gypsy:  LOVE that.  Great way to wallpaper, without actually applying wallpaper.  


    Post # 11
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @BearyLovely:  That’s what I was thinking too.

    A big, statement rug would tie everything together, OP.

    Post # 12
    3097 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Looks lovely 🙂 . I’m still trying to figure out how to make our apartment our own. Anyways I think whatever you choose would be a good investment since you’re staying for three years- lots of time to enjoy the color!

    Post # 14
    42089 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I like the neutral walls, but I would definitely bring in some more  color in a rug and pillows.

    Everything you have on the walls will look better if you lower it so that the  center of the painting, clock, whatever is at eye level. Lowering the wall decor will help them look more a part of the room. Right now they are all floating on their own.

    I would also do larger scale lamps and slide the one sofa to the right, centering it on the wall between the windows.

    Drapes will also help give a finished look.




    Post # 16
    42089 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @peasantsong:   Approximately 60 to 65 inches from the floor to the center of the art is a place to start. 

    Begin to think of the artwork you are hanging as it relates to everything around it. Whether you hang a framed picture over a sofa, on a stairway wall, or in the hall, each of these spaces will have elements to consider.

    I saw the other door. The sofa does not need to be directly across froom the TV. Right now you have all your furniture squished in one end of the room. If you slide the sofa to the right, you can move the rocking chair to fill in that empty corner.

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