When you’re in your 20’s, apartment living is great. It gives you the freedom to move out of mom and dad’s house, while not committing to a permanent residence. You wanna leave for the summer and travel Asia? No problem – your lease ends in June.
But sometimes, apartment living isn’t always what Carrie Bradshaw made us believe it was going to be. Fancy apartments are expensive and renting comes with a whole set of rules you never knew were possible. You can’t remodel, have pets, change the fixtures or hardware, and you definitely cannot paint. If you can paint, you’re making a huge commitment because if you want to leave when your lease is up, you have to paint it back. Not cool.
So, here are some easy ways you can bring color into your apartment and make your white walls look fabulous.
1. Area rugs
Area rugs are a must for apartments that have hard wood, but for spaces that are already carpeted, don’t fear using a brightly colored area rug to cover up those worn-in tan carpets. Rug over rug isn’t typical, but it can add so much character to a room if you find one that’s unique. This one from Target brings lots of colors to the pretty party.
2. Removable wall paper
You can use removable wall paper on your walls of course, but it can do so many more things. Use it as self liner in your bathroom or kitchen. Stick it to the walls of your closet. Decorate a fireplace. Wrap your old furniture in it, or use it on the back of a bookcase so you can take it with you when you move out. It’s the perfect solution to a neutral space. You can find removable wallpaper on Etsy, like the one pictured above by KateZarembaCompany in Washington, DC.
3. Two words: Gallery. Wall.
I can’t say I’ve participated yet, but I’m so on board with the trendy new gallery wall. It’s a perfect solution to a blank white wall. Look at this one from Style Me Pretty Living. Even though there’s still a lot of white going on, it totally works. The bright pops of pink and gold really catch the eye and the flowers hanging from the deer head add the perfect touch of whimsy and femininity.
4. Colored accent furniture
Before Matt and I moved to the Capital Region, I went crazy painting old furniture to look new again. I painted larger pieces of furniture, like my dresser, neutral colors to avoid a huge commitment to one color, but some of the smaller pieces I painted with color. I have to say – I was nervous at first, but I love this powder blue table and the pop of happiness it brings to our dark grey couch.
Nothing is as easy as buying some hot pink silk flowers or colored glass jars to liven up a room. You can find really inexpensive home decor items at place like Michaels, T.J. Maxx and even the Christmas Tree Store. They’re all excellent resources for colorful, yet inexpensive, accents.
6. Canvas prints
You can find a canvas print almost anywhere these days. And they can fill up a whole wall with color with only one nail hole. It’s pretty amazing. This one pictured above is a piece of art we got for only $50 at Kirklands.
Now that you have the tools to change your apartment from a neutral zone to colorful oasis, go forth and live a colorful (and organized!) life. Catch you next time!