Decorating a New Apartment Without Painting

I finally have my own apartment and have no idea what to do with it. It's a 2 bedroom, small kitchen, and big living/dining room. I can't paint the walls that are white/beige, there's laminate wood flooring all around the apartment. The living room has big windows and a glass door that opens up to a balcony.


I know I should start by picking a color scheme, but am having trouble when I like neutral colors and my bathroom is pink. Kinda stuck, I don't know how to incorporate pink into a color scheme. I don't want to repeat that color anywhere else in my apartment (I hate pink with a passion). Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

By Ericka

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I would start with a brown shower curtain and some brown and rust towels. Dollar General has a wide variety of colors and they are nice towels which, unlike expensive ones, don't take all day in the dryer. You wn't notice the pink so much.


Some barn wood picture frames with rustic pictures and maybe a coffee mug to hold your tooth brush. You can see I'm going toward a rustic look for the bathroom. The rest of the place should be easy to decorate in your own style with all that neutral.

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February 6, 20130 found this helpful

Another good option would be shades of gray and black in the pink bathroom. Put a splash of white here and there and the won't be so obvious.

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February 6, 20130 found this helpful

Google wallpapering with material. I read about how to do this a few years ago. You use starch, I think and you soak the material and wring it out and put it on ust like wallpaper.


If you need to take it off, just make it wet and it comes right off and you just wash the wall and it is just like before. Just a idea I remembered.

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February 6, 20130 found this helpful

The cloth on walls was a good suggestion. Google it and find out exactly how to do it. Also there are cling stickers - no adhesive that work well on walls (hobby stores/big box stores). Also, I have found some tiles called SmartTiles that can be put up (self adhesive) and removed with a hair dryer. Google this too and see what/how it works. They look great but are a bit expensive. You don't have to buy tons - some styles come in packages of 6 for about $55. Good luck and congratulations on your first apartment.

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February 9, 20130 found this helpful

The bathroom doesn't have to match any other part of the house. Mint green is a color that goes nicely with pink as well, if you don't like the other ideas people have suggested.


For the rest of the house, the place to start is with the color of your sofa. This is the biggest piece of furniture. Since this is so neutral a place, you can go with anything you like. Choose drapes or blinds and perhaps a throw rug to co-ordinate with the sofa.

I do not believe that artwork should "match " the furniture. You should choose artwork that you love, preferably original work, but prints are nice if that is what you can afford.

Look in decorator magazines and at the displays in furniture and decorating stores for ideas.

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February 11, 20130 found this helpful

Throw rugs, art work and drapes can add color, but I would suggest a neutral for the sofa as that can be moved from apartment to apartment. Actually, you can throw a large table cloth or even a length of material over it for color. I use a old linen table cloth on my mine during the summer for a cooler look.


If you like small items, an open shelving unit against a wall can add color. Also consider end tables, shelves, etc. that you can paint and repaint when you move. This should be fun for you and suit you, not anyone else. Enjoy your new home.

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