Whether it’s a temporary or long-term solution, apartment living is something many of us experience at some point or another in our lives. As a result, most of us have experienced the limited design and decorating options that come with apartment living. The worst of which are the bare, white walls. This is because landlords don’t like to have to constantly paint over, repair and undo your additions and alterations. As a result, customization like painting walls become impossible in some rental properties.
Gone are the days when decorating apartment walls meant just covering them with posters. Here are a few tips to keep your space from feeling like you have moved back into a college dormitory.
Removable (and Sometimes Reusable) Wall Graphics
The idea of wall graphics first gained traction as a solution to the age-old problem of how to add personality to a space without actually altering anything in a lasting way. You may be familiar with the company that became popular by allowing children (and the young-at-heart) to place images of their favorite sports figures and team logos on their walls. The magic of wall graphics is that there is no sticky residue left behind when they are removed.
Building upon that momentum, wall graphic companies began producing wall graphics with sophisticated designs, modern art images and trendy design motifs. In lieu of paint, for example, applying wall graphics that feature a striking pattern can be a welcome alternative to a painted feature wall. Modern innovations have even made it possible for some wall graphics to be removed, adjusted and reapplied so ordering additional graphics would be unnecessary.
Take Inspiration from the Best Art Galleries
Art galleries know a little bit about decorating walls in a way that draws the attention of the eye. Why not imitate how they decorate walls? Hanging images to walls is also a great way to temporarily improve the walls in an apartment, primarily because all that is left behind is a small nail hole to patch up.
In the meantime, however, take advantage of this option by ordering prints of your favorite art (a much more cost-effective choice) or by having family images enlarged. This way, you will be too busy being distracted by treasured memories to think about the fact that you are somewhat limited in decorating your apartment’s walls.
Take a look at the gallery below for ideas on decorating walls.