I love bold, bright colors when it comes to home decor. From my lime green couch to my teal dining table, I find ways to blend colors and patterns all throughout my home. Unfortunately my last two landlords didn’t allow bright paint on the walls. If you are a fan of such exciting tones, but you live in an apartment building that doesn’t allow them, you know my frustration! Luckily for you, I have found a few clever ways to add color to my apartment walls without painting and I’m going to share them with you!
Chances are you need to install curtains anyway, so you might as well select ones with color! Better yet, why not select curtains with multiple colors? The curtains in my living room are bright yellow, which is a lovely contrast up against the grey walls I’m stuck with.
If you want bright curtains but still want to keep the sunlight out, look for a blackout variety. You’ll be able to liven up your apartment but still be able to sleep in past sunrise.
2. Blinds and Shades
The alternative to curtains are colorful blinds or shades. Even though white shades are what most people choose, there are many others you can choose from. Let your imagination run wild and select one with colors and patterns that pop!
A tapestry is a piece of thick textile fabric that has images or designs on it, usually formed by weaving colorful threads. Basically, it’s material that you hang on the wall instead of an art print or painting. Tapestries are a great way to decorate your walls with something different, especially if you love a more bohemian look or handmade decor.
4. Large Art
Another quick way to make any room in your apartment ooze with personality is to add a large piece of art. An oversized painting or art print can instantly brighten your home while reflecting your personal taste and style.
The nice thing about art is that you have so many options to choose from! You can go with a multi-colored abstract painting or a bright, beautiful photograph of a flower. No matter what you prefer, you’re bound to find something to dress up your walls. Just make sure the size of the piece fits nicely wherever you decide to hang it.
Framed artwork also makes your home look more finished and polished. Therefore, even if you decide to go with a movie or band poster, make sure to get a poster frame for it.
5. Gallery Wall
Why limit yourself to just one piece of art when you can create an entire gallery wall? Gallery walls look great above a couch, along a stairway, or in a front hallway. You can even mix it up with different size frames and styles of artwork or by adding mirrors to your gallery wall to make it that much more visually striking.
If you’re worried about putting too many nails in your apartment walls there are a lot of other great options for hanging artwork. The two most popular options include picture hanging strips (which are like double-sided tape but much stronger) or adhesive hooks that you stick to the wall.
Instead of hanging a tapestry, you can go for a ’70s look and hang macrame on your walls. While macrame is traditionally made with natural threads, there are now a large variety of colors to choose from!
You can buy these wall hangings already made on sites like Etsy, or if you enjoy making things yourself you can DIY! There are so many styles and patterns to choose from and they really do look quite lovely.
7. Removable Wall Decals
Not in the mood to hang things? Why not try adding some wall decals to your apartment to brighten it up? They’re easy to apply and remove so your landlord won’t get on your case when you move out.
Wall decals are easy to buy almost anywhere, from handmade shops online to big box stores in your city, and they come in basically every shape, color, and size. You can even have ones custom made!
10. Folding Screens
Another great option to consider is displaying a folding screen. While screens are typically used to divide rooms, essentially acting as a wall itself, if you just want some visual appeal to your home, you can put it right up against the wall.
Folding screens can come in a variety of styles, patterns, and color; they are also made from many different materials including wicker, plastic, wood or fabric.
My favorite way to add personality to any room is with furniture, but if you want to get those bland walls of yours more colorful you should look specifically for colored shelves. The bigger the shelf, the more pop it’ll have up on your wall. You can also fill this added space with even more color by adding decor like glassware, baskets, and candles.
There is no simpler way to splash color in your apartment than adding plants. Put them in your window sills, hang them from the ceiling, put tall ones up against the wall, or even install planters directly on the walls!
Plants help add color to your walls the natural way, and although most are green, you can find some that bloom in vibrant colors for something a little different. As a bonus, plants will keep clean the air in your apartment! Just be sure to maintain them!