Living in an apartment can mean limited décor options. Painting your walls in your favorite shade of green or blue may not always be ideal. In fact, it may go against your lease. And even if you did have the option of painting your walls, losing your deposit is something you would risk. So, how do you add color to your space without going against your lease agreement?
With a quick visit to your local crafts store and a little DIY, you can add color and personality to your apartment in no time with very little impact on your walls – and your wallet. If you’re not sure what color is best suited for your space, check out these tips on using the color wheel for inspiration.
If you have a large empty wall in your living room, consider creating your own piece of art. Have fun and mix and match the colors to go with your space. Next, measure the width of your wall to determine how big your piece of art should be. Then, head out to your local art store and purchase a canvas that will best fit the space, painters’ tape (you can determine how wide the lines should be), acrylic paint and a foam brush.
Create a geometric design on the canvas using the painters’ tape. This is where you can have fun – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Next, cover it with the paint. You can use different colors. Let it dry. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape, and voila – your very own art piece.
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Fabric Wrapped Canvas
Similar to the large painting, you can easily use an artist’s canvas to add color to your wall. Head out to your local crafts store and purchase a yard of a fabric that you love. Consider using a fabric that will add that pop of color, as well as one that will add texture to your space, like a textured silk. Wrap the fabric around the canvas – like a present – and use a staple gun to secure the fabric in place. This is great because all you need is one hole, which betters your chance of getting your deposit back in the end.
Scrapbook Paper Gallery Wall
Create your own at-home art gallery. This is an easy way to add a pop of color to your boring white walls, and it allows you the freedom of picking and choosing exactly what you want. An easy place to start is purchasing nine picture frames and your favorite colored spray paint. If you like the color of your frames, then you won’t need the spray paint. Check out the scrapbook paper aisle of your art store and purchase nine pieces of scrapbook paper. Frame each piece of paper in a frame, and then hang it up on your wall. Use a leveler and a tape measure to make sure the frames are straight and spaced correctly.
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This is the same concept as the scrapbook paper gallery wall. Create panels by purchasing three long frames, and frame your choice of wallpaper. You can use the same wallpaper in all three frames, or you can use your creativity and find three different wallpapers. The three papers should have one element that incorporates them, like a similar color.
Folding screens serve many purposes; they can divide an open space into different areas, and they can also be used to add color and texture to your space. Find a simple folding screen and use a stencil to paint a design onto the screen. This will allow you to add color to your room without the commitment of it being in a certain place. You can move the screen to a corner or place it behind the couch.
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