Decorating Your Walls without Re-painting

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Maybe your lease agreement or property management company won’t let you paint your apartment walls, or maybe you painted them once and just don’t want to do it again. Well, decorating the walls of your apartment does not have to mean painting the walls. There are many other ways to dress up your walls without so much as a a drop of paint.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of more space in your apartment, but they also create and add style to drab, empty walls. You can purchase framed mirrors in various sizes and styles. Small, framed mirrors can be used to accent a corner wall area, perhaps above a low bookcase or end tale. The mirror will add some dimension to the corner, creating the illusion that it is larger and brighter – almost like having an additional window. A large, framed or unframed mirror is great to put above a living room sofa. Large mirrors always make a space look bigger. Whichever mirror you choose, they have the dual function of also providing an extra spot to give yourself one last look before heading out!

Decorative Shelving

Shelving does not have to be boring anymore. Home stores and discount superstores sell many varieties of decorative shelves such as floating shelves, book shelves and picture shelves. Brazilian cherry wood shelves are particularly nice. Hang three of these up, one below the other, and create a great little spot for displaying some family photos or collectibles.

A Wall of Pictures

Photographs are always great for decorating walls, but don’t just hang them up randomly or in a straight line. Instead, make it interesting and eye catching. Use all black or all white frames of varying sizes, and hang them in a pattern. For example, place an 8×10 frame in the center, surrounded by smaller 5×7 frames. You will be able to achieve a more eye catching, dramatic look this way.

Not a Rug, A Tapestry

Tapestry’s are a great, easy way to cover a large amount of wall space. Tapestry’s are available in many styles and designs, but be aware, these are not generally for the budget-minded. If you can afford one and find one to match your taste, tapestries are an amazing centerpiece for any room.

Pick an Artist

Choose an artist that you like, and purchase some prints. Either frame them yourself, or have them professionally framed. There is nothing more intriguing that an impressionistic painting, or more beautiful than a scenic depiction for decorating the walls of your apartment. Make sure that the style of the art your choose, however, also reflects the style of the room. If your living room is shabby chic in decor, a Pablo Picaso print may not fit in so well.

Decorating your walls with items that reflect your personal style and taste is far more fun than decorating with a can of paint. Your wall selections will allow you to experiment with your creativity and style, while at the same time hiding away the unwanted paint.


Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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