I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately from you renters out there who cannot paint your walls right now. It is perfectly fine for your walls to be left neutral, and you renters out there have no choice. Believe me, I know how you feel. I lived in a town home for four years and all the walls were white. It really is ok. Don’t get discouraged. In fact, when your walls are white or another nuetral, it is much easier to go bold in your choices throughout your space.
Below are four easy ways to decorate without painting your walls:
#1: Add a bold rug. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to add color to your space. Below is my decor three years ago in our rental. I picked a bold red rug for two reasons: 1. to protect the almost white carpet and 2. to add color to the space.
2: Use throw pillows and curtains to add color to your space.
This pillow collage is full of pillows that I have found by searching etsy stores and internet sites. I’m sorry, but I’m not sure the specific origination of most of them, but hopefully you can see that using pillows is a really fun way to use color in your space.
This above picture is from Pottery Barn. The walls are white, and the color comes from the curtain choices. Are you beginning to see that all you renters out there can still decorate with color?
3. Use dramatic colors in your art and accessories.
Back in October I designed this room for Emry, a spunky 13 year old. It was one of my favorite rooms to design.
Emry’s mom Tracie wanted to keep her walls neutral and it was fun to use the art, mosquito net, and bedding to bring in the color in the room.This art piece was made out of embroidery hoops, and you can find the instructions on a previous post found HERE.
See how the art and accessories radiate the color scheme throughout the space. The walls are wonderfully neutral.
4. Add color with your furniture: Furniture is an easy way to introduce more color to any room. I am currently obsessed with painting furniture (I’m sure you can tell!) My style is far from “matchy matchy” and I love the dimension that different furniture brings into a space.
Don’t be afraid to go bold! Most of the time when I discuss decorating with clients, most are very clear on the color scheme that they want. After the color scheme is chosen, be prepared to search for an item that will help spread the color scheme throughout your space. If you can’t find the perfect piece, paint one. It will create a focal point and a crowd stopper.