How do you add colour to an apartment that you can’t paint?

May 29, 2013 by
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by JoeInSouthernCA

Question by hipstamom: How do you add colour to an apartment that you can’t paint?
I lean toward modern furniture. So far I have the IKEA Klippan loveseat in dark blue and the white ILEN TV stand. I love colour and the first thing I usually do when I move in a place is paint the walls. Unfortunately, the management doesn’t allow painting the walls. What else can I do? Thanks in advance!

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Answer by kccpmom
You could always buy a material that you love and pin it on the walls. I saw them do that one on trading spaces with some material. You could even use clear puch pins tp attach it, as long as you dont have kids or pets that will tear it down. I am considering this in my bedroom with a sheer, dark color. I got the idea from a curtan I had, I layed it against the wal, and thought it would look so nice like that. Good luck whatever you decide!

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6 Comments on How do you add colour to an apartment that you can’t paint?

  1. Judy on Wed, 29th May 2013 10:33 pm

    Pictures, flowers, colorful drapes, throw rugs, pillows, afghans, etc. Just use your imagination.

  2. dinah on Wed, 29th May 2013 10:47 pm

    i know people that have painted the walls and painted them back white when they moved out. thats always an option if management doesn’t visit your apartment often. however, if you don’t want to risk getting in trouble or go through the effort, then try big pictures and posters. get some big colorful area rugs to liven up things. maybe hang a large decorative blanket/textile. also, work with the lighting. a colored light aimed at a piece of artwork on the wall will make the whole wall seem a different color. you can always make the wall a “frame” for your very colorful items.

  3. Kenny- chan on Wed, 29th May 2013 10:50 pm

    I think you should get some really colorful wall paintings to hang up. Get a pretty throw for your couch and a rug. You can’t underestimate light fixtures, either. Get some colorful lamps. For night, get colored lights in red and purple. That’s how I did it, and it’s amazing.

  4. fontkinetics on Wed, 29th May 2013 11:34 pm

    you can use fabric on your walls like wall paper, but you don’t have to glue it to the wall. you can tack it to the wall neatly And watch out for the Ikea stuff because sometimes it’s defective. But you won’t know until you almost got the piece together, then you have to take it apart and bring it back.

  5. Kira P on Thu, 30th May 2013 12:16 am

    Area rugs and curtains provide large splashes of colour, especially when you have floor-length curtains. Hanging geometric modern art in bold colours helps, too. Of course, in the bedroom, you’ve got the bed which you can customise all you want.

    Other than that, you can try removable wallpaper, but that’s hard to come by in nice patterns, and your landlord might not like it. I hope that helps.

  6. Hare-y Bush on Thu, 30th May 2013 12:26 am

    Use bold colours in drapery, cushions, wall hangings.

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