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get color no paint part one: wall decals

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Rachel Rosenthal twittered at me this past week suggesting i do a post on how to decorate with color when you’re not allowed to paint the walls. i thought it was such a great idea i’ve decided to divide it into a few different posts with various ideas on how to add color without paint. here is the first installment: infusing color with wall decals.

first a note on painting in rentals: i’ve painted the walls of every rental i’ve lived in, that’s 4 to date. i haven’t had a problem so far because under most rental laws they have to re-paint the walls when you move out to freshen up the normal wear and tear that comes with anyone living at a place for a year, plus. as long as it’s not a really dark color that they have to prime to paint over, it shouldn’t be a problem. however, i get that some landlords are mean and it’s more of a hassle than people want to deal with so here are some alternatives to spruce up the white or beige walls of your rental pad.

wall decals are great! they’re made from vinyl, easy to apply and don’t leave any marks at all! the large ones can even be re-used! they come in a variety of colors and are pretty inexpensive. here are some good online sources for wall decals: Walls Need Love, Dali Decals, some truly artistic and unique ones at Blik Wall Decals and Orque Shaw’s Wall Decor also search Etsy for some great ones too. there are tons of options, so make sure you search all the sites to find one that fits your taste and wall space. you can use a statement wall decal like a tree or chandelier, etc. or you could do a pattern and create an almost wallpaper look (like these for a retro modern look or these for a more traditional look but Byrdie Graphics has the most options for wall pattern decals) love!

just remember the key with making anything look decorated is an intention behind everything. meaning that all the elements should compliment each other in some way, either through color, texture, pattern, style, etc.  when picking your wall decal pick the feature wall for your pattern or statement decal(s). then pick some throw pillows or rug that has the same vibe or colors as the decal. also don’t be afraid of black, it’s a color too and as you can see from some of the above photos it lends a great style element to beige or white walls. also try playing around like the bottom photo and put framed photos on and around your wall decal. get creative, get those wheels turning and stay tuned for the next color without paint post!

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