If you're a renter, the you know that you can’t change your home's decor on a large scale. Sadly, renters are rarely allowed to create dramatic interior decor changes such as painting walls or using bold wallpaper. But sometimes just a few colorful touches can make a great deal of difference without breaking the bank.
Why You Need Color
According to Fresh Home, "You don’t have to worry about trends in order to have a beautiful home. Color trends will come and go. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect their preferences and personalities. The trick is to blend the colors you like into a pleasing combination." We totally agree. Colors are a fun and tasteful way to express your personality and can transform your decor from dull to exciting.
How To Add Color To Your Home Without Paint
Use Colorful Lighting
Highly-functional rooms in rentals (such as the kitchen and the bathroom) often suffer from being built solely to fulfill a purpose. As a result, they often lack excitement and charm. However, if painting is not an option, you can definitely get creative. The addition of LED strip lights around cupboards and baseboards can add real pizzazz. Some LED strip lights come with remote controls that allow you to change the color, too!
Try Artsy Tiles
For more color in the kitchen, consider a temporary backsplash. Made from peel and stick vinyl, this tile-look backsplash, above, easily peels on and off with no permanent damage to the walls.
Other ways to bring temporary color into the kitchen is with a colorful area rug placed under the kitchen table, soft goods such as throw rugs or mats, oven mitts, tablecloths, place mats and, of course, wall art!
Decorate With Textiles
I'm a renter living in the land of "builder beige" myself, and the bedroom is where I really get personal with color. Here's the scoop:
Starting with the bed, I chose a really pretty pink and gray comforter set and peppered the look with all sorts of pink, white and gray throw pillows. My curtains are also pink, and at only 63", they just touch the sill. I use curtain rods decorated with frosted pink finials. White flokati rugs flank both sides of the bed while the bed itself is anchored on top of a pink, white and gray chevron patterned rug. Framed artwork (mostly garnered from free printables) decorate my walls. I love this subdued, feminine look so much!
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Who needs to paint walls when you can paint furniture instead? If you have inexpensive furniture that has seen better days, you might want to consider spending an afternoon giving it a colorful makeover with some chalk paint. Chalk paint works great on most surfaces, giving a cottage-y, Shabby Chic look to most pieces. Brightly colored paint is great in modern or contemporary homes, and muted colors like blues and browns complement traditional decor. In addition to giving furniture a coat of paint, you can stencil or freehand a colorful pattern, or even decoupage. The best part about painting furniture? You're only limited by your imagination!
Did you know? You can change up your color scheme easily and affordably with slipcovers! Add them to your sofa, loveseat or chairs!
Tenants often find it challenging to feel at home in a house they can’t decorate freely. But just because you can’t paint the walls doesn’t mean you can’t use color! Use decorative elements and DIY tips to create a personal and exciting interior.