January is a huge month for moving, and sometimes that move means you’re in a rental surrounded by white walls, white ceilings and beige carpet.
Been there, done that.
You may think you don’t have a lot of options for adding color, but I’m here to show you a few easy, creative, and inexpensive ways to jazz up your rental (or any space for that matter!).
USE DECORATIVE FOLDING SCREENS
Decorative screens are surprisingly easy to make (click on the ‘source’ for the how-to), and the best part is you choose what fabric you want, making it a perfect way to add color and a cohesive, pulled-together look.
COVER LARGE OR SMALL CANVAS WITH FABRIC
This has got to be the easiest diy ever! Head on over to your local second hand store and buy an inexpensive piece of canvas artwork and cover it with your choice of fabric. Another alternative is to use a few different sizes of canvas and cover them each in different, coordinating fabric. Of course, you can always buy new canvases at an art store, but you’ll save some $$ buying old prints, and that’s always a good thing :).
PAINT YOUR FURNITURE
USE AREA RUGS
For me, area rugs are an important element in a room, maybe the most important one. They define a space, add color and create a cozy feel to any room. If your rental has plain ‘apartment beige’ carpeting, the rug works great to help camouflage it.
ACCESSORIZE WITH COLOR
Accessories help a room come alive, and here’s where you can really bring your personality into the space. Pillows, art, flowers, collectibles, drapes, etc. all help to liven up a space and make it your own.
HANG CURTAINS ON THE WALLS
You don’t necessarily need a window for a curtain. In the space below, the ‘illusion’ of a window behind the bed was created by using a wall of drapes.
So there you go my friends. Just because you can’t paint, doesn’t mean you can’t have a colorful, happy space that you’ll love, and the best part is, you can take these decorative elements with you when you move into your dream home!
In other news…
Here’s a picture I took while in Sanibel Island this week. I love the way the Egrets reflection is in the water. I was in a trolley taking a tour when I shot this and had to share!
Sanibel is a laid back, sophisticated place perfect for those of you who like to collect shells. I’m not a fan since I prefer soft, sandy beaches and I don’t collect shells, but if you do it’s worth a visit. The recent storms have also brought more shells to the shores, and we saw some really beautiful and interesting ones.
Speaking of weather, we had another tornado earlier this week. Yours truly just stayed in bed, oblivious to the dangers just outside, but about 100 of our neighbors here at the resort high tailed it outta here and took shelter at a nearby hospital.
I woke up the next morning under a trailer, with just my feet sticking out. Somewhere in the distance I heard chanting…ding dong the witch is dead.
It kinda hurt my feelings…