With a new year brings a refreshed outlook and new visions! Welcome to the first part of my new series, Living in a White Box. This blog series is all about how to make the most of your rental home, AKA the "white box."
Many of us who rent cannot make changes to them like homeowners can. When updates like painting the walls or making structural changes is forbidden, this makes it challenging to put a personal stamp on your space.
That's where the Living in a White Box
series comes in. My series will feature tips on how you can customize your rental without breaking the rules. I'll show you how to infuse personality into your "white box" by highlighting tried and true projects of my own plus other bloggers' methods. We all deserve to live in a fabulous home, even if we don't truly own it.
Painting the walls is one of the best ways to add color to a room, but if you can’t that doesn’t mean your space has to suffer. My favorite alternative to painting walls is attaching large pieces of fabric to them.
You can accomplish this by hanging a large quilt or tapestry on the wall, like in this room.
You can also mount fabric to foamboard to create tiles and add your own pattern with paint, like I did a few years back.
Or you can repurpose fabric as wallpaper. Stephanie from Cre8tive Designs has a great tutorial on her blog for adding fabric to the walls with cornstarch. This printed fabric does so much for her room!
Another option is creating a large bulletin board with fabric and foamboard, like Leslie from House on the Way did for her craft room. This is such a lovely method for adding color, texture, and pattern to a wall!
Emily from Designing the Nest shows how she jazzed up her bedroom by hanging panels of framed wallpaper. It’s a super easy project and a great way to cover a large area.
Do you love the chalkboard wall trend? Check out this temporary chalkboard wall makeover tutorial from Shelley from Crazy Wonderful. This would be perfect for a child’s bedroom.
Another DIY option for adding color and pattern to your wall is to paint a large piece of wood. I created this Mondrian-inspired wall art on a large piece of plywood underlayment.
Removable wallpaper and wall decals are also a great option for rented homes.
Courtney from It’s Pretty & Cheap made over her apartment wall with a chevron pattern using… electrical tape! I love how bold this is!
A room divider is a practical yet decorative way to incorporate blocks of color in a room. You can find out how to create this divider at Parents Magazine.
Lindsay from Dormify recounts how her dormmate made a punchy border for their space with paint chips. I love paint chip projects!
Here’s an even larger scale paint chip wall featured on Design*Sponge.
What are your favorite ways to counter White Wall Syndrome? Have you tried any of these examples in your homes?
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