No Paint Allowed: What to do When You Can’t Paint Your Flat
We know the story, you just moved into a new flat and cannot wait to start decorating it.
Until you remember that the landlord mentioned you can’t paint your flat. What to do?
You don’t want your new flat to seem colourless with whitewashed walls.
This can make for a bit of a drab sitting room. Especially if your furniture like your coffee table or side tables are made of dark wood.
But, not to fear, there is a way to make sure your flat feels bright, warm and homey without having to pick up and move to a new place.
Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise
What is the first rule of real estate? Location, location, location. Well then you can consider the first rule of bringing life to a boring flat to be accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. That’s right, the best way to make a difference is bring in bright and bold accessories that are full of colour.
Determine your Colour Palette
To start you will want to determine what your palette is going to be. If your sofa and chairs are a neutral colour such as grey, tan or navy blue, then you will want to bring in quite a bit of bright or warm colours to make a statement. Reds, yellows and oranges can bring a wow factor to a room with white walls and tan furnishings.
Find Accessories to Match Your Style
When you can’t paint your flat you must rely on other ways to show off your personality. Large pieces of canvas wall art can certainly make a statement, and bring a nice pop of colour to your flat. Additionally, many people like to buy vases and lamps that match their colour palette and bring a decorative style to boot.
Use Fabrics to Bring Warmth
Fabric can be a perfect (an inexpensive) way to bring warmth and colour to your otherwise drab flat. If you can, purchase some throw pillows that match your color scheme to place on the sofa and chairs, they can bring a muted sofa quite a bit of colour. Other options include buying a fabric that you love and making your own throw pillows with it. You can even consider getting bright or colourful curtains to make a statement.
Consider Wall Decals
There is an increasingly huge demand out there for wall decals as decoration, no wonder why if you can’t paint your flat. These large decals are found in hundreds of designs and colours and can do amazing things with your space. Cover an entire wall with blossoming cherry trees, have your favourite quote over the sofa, or your monogram in the bedroom, the options are endless. The benefit of these decals is that they are both easy to remove and they don’t damage walls, perfect for a flat.
Once you have employed some of these tips in your new flat, it will have gone from boring and drab to fabulous!