When you think of sprucing up your apartment for spring, what comes to mind? Probably some spring cleaning, maybe changing up your décor … but there’s another way to welcome spring: Color.
According to an Apartment Guide survey, most people believe painting the walls in their apartments would make it feel bigger and more like home. And most apartment communities allow residents to paint if they’re sure to repaint everything back to the original color before moving out.
In short, painting is in for spring. But before you get started, you have to ask yourself some questions: What colors do I choose? Do I want to paint all my walls, or just an accent wall? How can I be sure it’ll look the way I want?
Pay attention to how the room is lit. Use cooler colors in rooms without windows or sunshine, and use warm colors in rooms with a lot of natural light.
Minimize contrast. This is particularly important in a small apartment space: Pick a harmonious color scheme that coordinates with your furnishings. This will allow the eye to travel without distraction.
On the other hand, if you want to highlight a specific furniture piece, paint the walls its contrasting color.
Start with primer. It’s important to prep the surface of your wall, especially if there are any spackled spaces, and create a smooth, paint-ready surface.
When picking a paint sheen, remember that sheen affects the amount of light reflected from the painted surface. It can hide imperfections and influence color perception. Once you’ve assessed the lighting in your room and picked a color, ask the paint experts at your home improvement store for advice on the sheen.
Don’t be afraid to hang large works of art — even small spaces can handle them. If your lease doesn’t allow for painting walls, paint large canvases in your favorite colors and hang them. You’ll achieve a color block effect that you can easily remove.
Rather than scattering small framed items on several walls, create a focal wall by bringing all your art and collectibles together.
Be creative and plentiful with your storage options — pretty baskets, storage ottomans and boxes are attractive and useful.
Minimize your clutter. Having more visible wall and floor space gives the illusion of a larger space.