Decorating When You “Can’t” Paint: Accessories

Updating your home décor might seem like a daunting and expensive task, especially for those of us living in rented spaces where painting is not allowed.  Luckily, a creative approach to decor accessories will help you bring color into rooms without putting a drop of paint on the walls.

Start With DIY Accessories

For those who are interested in making over a rental or have a tight budget to invest in all new decor, DIY is a great way to get started. With self-made projects, you can create a home that is both chic and colorful in addition to being cost-effective. DIY decorations, such as a wreath made of old book pages or a front door landing space made of repurposed logs, add homey and handmade charm to the inside of your home without the need for paint.

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Refurbished wood boxes make stylish and functional shelves.
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Wall Hangings

In keeping with the DIY aesthetic, hanging photos and artwork on the walls can brighten up a space without any paint whatsoever. These accessories create a personal feel that you can’t find any other way. Many renters also hang up posters, wall plates, postcards, polaroid photos, and more – it’s all up to your personal aesthetic.

Another great way to add some color or style is to use wall decals. You can buy decals of birds, leaves, flowers, and more to make any wall feel more exciting – which also means that the wall will feel like your own design without any permanent fixtures. For artists, making wall decals with scrapbook or origami paper can be a great way to add personal flair without any permanence.

 

Create an elegant look with personal photos done in black and white, or use pictures to add color Sources: thebudgetdecorator.com curbly.com

Create an elegant look with personal photos done in black and white, or use pictures to add color
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Painting – But Not the Walls!

Plenty of renters find it frustrating that they cannot paint the walls of their home. However, there are definitely ways to add lots of color to a home without painting the walls. You can paint your own furniture to liven up an old piece or make a thrift store find feel brand new.

Add personality to your new decor with hand painted furniture  Source: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com

Add personality to your new decor with hand painted furniture
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Upgrades

You may find that you can actually swap out some items in your apartment for accessories that are more appealing. As long as you check in with the landlord first, you can probably change out the light fixtures and mini-blinds for tasteful lighting and your own curtains. Just make sure to have full (even written) permission before making any major changes to the interior of any rented home.

A Personal Touch with Décor Accessories

Décor accessories like throw pillows from Pillow Décor are a great way to add personal flair and comfort to a rental. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of pillows available in many price ranges, such as these classic Brookside Garden Green Throw Pillows.

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