by Gail Browser
(Boston, Mass, USA)
If you rent an apartment, decorating might seem like a challenge. You struggle with brightening the walls, which are painted standard “landlord white”.
Decorating your apartment and bringing life to the barren walls is a struggle on how to bring color to your space – and still get back yoursecurity deposit. Decorating your apartment walls — or at least putting color to them, does not require paint, just some imagination, a little time, and a little money.
Before you start hanging anything on the walls, find out if your landlord permits you to put small nails in the walls. Small picture-hanger nails leave minute holes, and while some landlords frown on any kind of holes put in the drywall, others see it as your way to make your apartment homey so you want to keep living there year after year. If your landlord permits you to use small nails, it is also a good idea to take in what you are thinking of using to hang objects from on the wall ahead of time to show them, and get their approval of, what you plan on using.
Never use anything sticky (glues, tapes, etc.) on drywall – removing the glue can permanently damage the drywall and cause you heart ache when the landlord deducts the money from your deposit.
First Step: Decide on the Display Space
You need to decide if you are going to add splashes of color in variouslocations, or create a focal point for your eye. If you place all of the color on or adjacent to one wall, your and your visitor’s eye will be drawn to that spot, versus roaming the entire room from bright spot to bright spot.
If you can hang pictures on the wall, then this process just became much easier. If not, here are two ways to build your own Display Space, without a huge expenditure.
You can buy several types of screens inexpensively, which are easy to unfold and setup virtually anywhere in a room. If you are not handy at all with tools, they also have the benefit of needing no, or little, assembly.
The downside is that unless they are a neutral color-or an accenting one to what you plan on hanging on them, you could end up with a clashing mess Of course, you can also drape the stand with a bolt of cloth to create a dramatic effect, or paint the frame.