Post # 1
I’ve recently redecorated my living room and I just love all the changes. But I’d like to add a color, possibly yellow, to the room in a bold way. I was thinking about painting the walls, but I rent and painting the walls means investing the time and money into painting house that’s not mine and then painting them back to “renter’s white” when I eventually move out. We do plan on staying for at least another 4 years so It could possibly be worth the investment. I also thought about adding curtains to the 4 large windows in my living room and I recently discovered that removable wallpaper exists (!) and I am adding that to my list of options also.
Here’s some before and after pictures 🙂
View from the front door, facing the back of the living room:
View from the back of the LR, facing the front door:
View from the side, facing all the windows:
So which would you choose or do you guys have any other suggestions? And, what color would you add to this room, if any? Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
@peasantsong: What about a big painting with tons of yellow?
ETA: Just saw that you have a couple things on your wall. They are waayyyy too high on the wall! Lower them a bit. Also, bright yellow pillows never hurt! Or perhaps a yellow carpet?
Post # 4
@Chrysoberyl: That is a fantastic idea and I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me! Thank you for suggesting it!
Post # 5
@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
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 # 7
Same idea as above, but with wallpaper…
I loved this idea so much (I don’t even rent) so I pinned it. I say use curtains, framed wallpaper (or just large painted canvas/foam board) for a focus wall, colorful rugs and accent pillows. 🙂
Post # 8
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
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
@wandering_gypsy: LOVE that. Great way to wallpaper, without actually applying wallpaper.
Post # 11
@BearyLovely: That’s what I was thinking too.
A big, statement rug would tie everything together, OP.
Post # 12
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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 # 13
Thank you for all the suggestions! I’m adding rugs to the list of options! Also, thank you to everyone who suggested lowering the things on the walls. I always thought that since my walls are very tall (11.5ft), that I should hang things high because it would leave too much white space at the top to hang them lower. I’m going to try lowering everything though and see what that does.
@wandering_gypsy: That’s a really great idea! I definitely see removable wallpaper in my future somewhere in this house.
Post # 14
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 # 15
@julies1949: Unfortunately, I can’t move the sofa to that wall because on the opposite side of the room in that spot is a bedroom door. The room is asymmetrical like that. The furniture is where it is now because that’s the best way to line it up with the opposite side of the room (where the entertainment stand is). But thank you for pointing out the height of the objects in the room. I am going to lower everything. Although I think eye level is a too low. That would make it closer to the floor than to the ceiling and leave feet of empty wall above the clock. I’m gonna test it out now though 🙂
Post # 16
@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.