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« on: June 11, 2010 10:00:49 AM »

I'm currently living in a small duplex. It's nice and all, but the walls are so...boring. They are all this ugly beige color. Every. Single. Wall. Our landlord won't even let us paint the walls white. So what can I do to my room to make it less dull? :/ I need the opinions of the fellow crafters on this one. We have loads of paintings scattered around the house but the only one that's in here is the panther one. And it's not very colorful either. Pictures!

When you walk in the room, this is what you'll see.
Looking right: (sorry for the unmade bed, i'm lazy and got up too early this morning to want to make it.


Looking straight ahead: (this is the closest to the actual color I was able to get. :/ I also have yet to actually hang my mirrors up even though we've been here for almost 6 months. o.o)


Looking left: (excuse the messy looking ferret cage. he's very messy)


Behind: (the color is so drab you can't even see where the walls meet! && the red on the bottom corner of the picture isn't really there. it's got some metallicy sheen to it that shows rainbows from different angles.)



With all that being said and shown, please remember I'm not allowed to paint the walls. >.> It makes personalizing the place so much harder.
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010 12:14:46 PM »

When I had a icky rental to decorate, I hung pretty fabric on the walls using 3M sticky tab hooks.
I used ALOT of 3M sticky tab hooks.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2010 12:16:36 PM »

There have been a couple posts where people applied a grid of assorted scrapbook paper to their walls in their preferred color scheme. It looks a lot better than it sounds! I am a fan of command strips, you can hang up anything and it won't damage the walls. I even put up a small quilt with them. A colorful headboard or draperies over the blinds might be another way to go, but more expensive. Though you can make your own quilted headboard with plywood, fabric, batting, a staple gun and some buttons.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010 08:31:17 PM »

Here is a great way to add color to your walls. Make strips of fabric the with of a dowel rod. with rod packets on each end. hand them evenly spaced across one or more walls. you use two dowels per fabric strip. if you cut with pinking sheers or tear the fabric on the grain you don't even have to hem the sides.
threat these as if they were part of the wall when hanging art. And both solid or patterned fabric look good this way. or you can use wall paper too but most are more expensive.
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010 08:35:57 PM »

Also you need a bed board. You can use paper or fabric for this. it will make the world of difference in how the bed looks. My aunt added rod pockets to pillow shams and hung them as a head board. I used a fence I found in the garbage. You could even weave fabric with interfacing to get the look then tack or 3m hook it up to the wall
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010 08:49:16 PM »

Ok last suggestion.
Make a cornice board for over the window use styro foam sheets cut them wide enough to cover the pre-existing one use t pins and foam glue to make it cover it with a thing layer of batting and fabric. then tack or t-pin Fabric to the inside of the cornice use a light gauze or voile  I did this in my moms bathroom and put it up with thumb tacks.  I used silk flower vines to tie the curtain open. My very snobby aunt thought they were the most wonderful thing (she never looked to close to see the tacks. you could make the cornice mach the head board. Ok I am done
Hope I you get some good Ideas. oh and put a bed skirt on the box spring or put a fitted sheet on it. it will look better also bed stand tables the seem to fit the height of the bed will make the bed look more put together. you can make them with just a sheet of wood (painted to look finished) or tempered glass or a tempered mirror on stacked hard back book with the dust jackets taken off.
Ok I am done now I mean it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010 02:34:24 PM »

You can't paint your walls...but is painting your furniture an option?  Right now, it sort of blends into the beige, but painting it a bright (or dark) color for contrast would help give the room some oomph.  A brightly colored bedspread and sheets would help, too.  Also, I totally understand the bed on the floor situation, but I have a couple faux headboard ideas:  1) paint three equal sized canvases (you can get them on sale at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap) in bright colors--either one solid one all the way across, or have fun with it! and hang them across the head of the bed.  2)  I saw this in a book once, and it was really pretty...they strung a line across the head of the bed, between two hooks (it was a tension line, I'm pretty sure), and then hung equally spaced dried roses upside down from it, tied on with twine.  There are loads of other things you can do, in lieu of an actual headboard, too.

Also, I've been in this exact same situation, and I found that just a few bright splashes of my favorite jewel tones, plus some flowers (I lucked into a freeze dried bouquet whose color was halfway between fresh and dried, and it lasted years) were enough to drive the blahs away.  I tried the fabric on the walls thing, but for some reason, my family tends to generate more dust than average, and washing it was a pain in the rear.  Keep this in mind if you or anyone else in your family have allergies!  And good luck!  It just takes some inspiration to get you going.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010 01:29:03 AM »

Are you allowed to put some pictures on the wall?
If so I think that would be the perfect solution for you.

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2010 01:47:56 AM »

Just after I moved out of residence halls in college I found an awesome tutorial about using fabric with starch (which is completely removable) just like wallpaper.  I never got to use it but I guess now I can just pass it on to others.. lol.  I don't know where the original tutorial is now but here is one that is basically the same:

http://www.rentaldecorating.com/quick_fix_fabric_on_walls.htm

It'll let you put whatever design or even a solid color where you'd like but still be able to remove it when moving out time comes.  I'd keep an eye on red tag fabrics and sales and you could probably do it on the cheap!  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010 12:05:49 PM »

You could get some removable wall stickers. i just searched on Amazon and there are tons of them, and they will peel off without damaging paint:

http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Flowers-Green-Sticker-Decals/dp/753442514X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276714925&sr=1-2

Cheap and cute!

Or you could add a giant, colorful poster or "tapestry" - Giant canvases are pretty expensive but if you are somewhat handy you could easily make wood frame and nail some funky fabric around the edges.

Ditto that adding color to furniture or maybe a colorful lampshade, rug or pillows would help.
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2010 11:58:25 PM »

I'll swap your beige walls for my green ones any day! Are landlords colorblind?
That said, I know how depressing it gets to have bland walls.
How long do you intend to stay there? That may affect the amount of $$$ you want to spend.
If you can, decide where your mirrors will go and get them up - not only are they a great way to reflect light but it will also feel more like "your space". (also mirrors leaning against a wall can easily break and picking shards of glass out of carpet is no fun, and takes ages Cry) Also re-arranging your furniture may make a big difference.

Adding color in the knicknacks or soft furnishings also works especially well against a boring wall color. Many agents advise people to paint their houses beige before selling as it is a softer colour than white and you can add almost any other colour in furnishings and still have it look OK.
You can also get cheap blank canvasses at many dollar store and it could be a cheap easy way to personalise things, especialy if you and a friend have a paint party Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2010 01:43:23 PM »

I move in to my new place  Aug 1st. My landlord will let us paint our bedrooms any color we want ( its his niche) ***don't hate me ***But since my comforter , blanket chest , and night stand are all snow dripping white and my accessories are Vibrant Mexican-blanket style bright colors ( lamps vases , an actual mex blanket on the foot of my bed and paper cut outs on the wall) I prefered our off white paint . ( BTW if you need an apartment in Huntington WV and want to paint your bedroom , hit me up I'll pass on his name lol)

That being said we cannot paint anywhere else. I live with a male roommate who has asked nicely that I do not use pink, florals or stuffed animals in the decor of our shared bath, kitchen and Living room. I think I am going to use the above starch/fabric idea for our long hall way/stairwell to add some pizzaz.
Thanks for the info !
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010 10:42:09 PM »

If you do end up trying the starch and fabric, let us know how it works for you and maybe post some pics!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2010 11:10:25 AM »

i second the suggestion of spray starch and fabric.  it works great to affix to walls like wallpaper.  just don't have little kids around til it's dry.  or it'll be smeary - i did it to windows actually to make their bedrooms darker.

and it peels off really easily and then you can wipe down the walls (or not, lol depending on  your mood)

simply launder the fabric afterwards and it'll be ready for your next project.

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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2010 11:12:22 AM »

oh yeah and i forgot to mention that spray starch and tissue paper - the colored stuff - looks AWESOME on walls and windows!  we did that first before we did the fabric  - the kids peeled off the tissue paper too fast, lol so we redid it with fabric. ..
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2011 02:10:59 PM »

I'm just now seeing all these responses, and they're all great ideas. But my dad and I have since moved back into our house. I never ended up doing anything. We had gotten a new landlord and he expected us to pay him $1000 as a security deposit. It didn't happen. And he wanted us to get the carpets professionally cleaned when we left. That didn't happen either. But now that we're back in our house again I'm trying to redo my room to suit me. Maybe I'll use some of these ideas.
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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2012 03:44:37 AM »

I happened to be looking at the same thing. (no painting at the new place) and I found this great how-to from eHow. You use sheets and liquid starch and it apparently comes right off.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5044689_use-starch-apply-fabric-wall.html
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2012 07:53:54 PM »

Just thought I'd mention that here in Ontario, you can paint whether your landlord likes it or not AND you can even give him/her a copy of the receipt for reimbursement because it counts as an improvement to the rental unit. The only catch is it must be a "neutral" shade that will not be necessary to paint over for the next tenant. For example, golden wheat = ok, hot pink = not ok.
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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2012 02:56:29 AM »

One of my friend has decorated his walls with photo frames which come up with different shapes and sizes.

And for other walls he has removable wall paper and mirror stickers too.. You can have both or any combination.
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2012 05:44:11 AM »

Glad you found a more customisable place to live. It's hard not to redecorate once you start crafting.  Wink

I saw this interior decorating show a while ago. It's in Swedish unfortunately, but they were dealing with a similar problem. They solved it by simply building a false wall in front of the real ones! It looked beautiful, completely part of the room. There was a skylight in the place as well, really tall and white walls, so they stuck some coloured plastic onto the skylight and a couple of windows to reflect on the walls like movable wall art. I think they also made a standalone bookcase to fit into one of the walls.

Last time I lived in an apartment wit ha roommate we weren't even allowed to use tacks on the walls (I know, right? Roll Eyes). Our solution was a sort of chicken-wire frame on one of the walls for our pictures and things. Plus bed frames, giant bookcase, all that.
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2012 12:31:13 PM »

Hi. I have rented a lot. What I like to do is hang up colorful panels of fabric. If you have walls of drywall, use thumbtacks. They make very small holes that can be filled up easily. Also, tack up the edge of fabric at the very top only, near the ceiling and the small tack hole can't be seen.
I also lived in a place that had cement block walls. Here I used those little plastic cup hook things with the stcky back on them. I put s hole in the top corners of the fabric and hang it off the hooks stuck near the ceiling.
I hope this helps.
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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2012 11:14:57 PM »

As you are not allowed to get painted your walls, get vinyl art work done. Vinyl stickers are removable, doesn't left any mark behind.

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