I am moving to a new apartment with all-white walls that can't be painted, and I love color. What do you suggest for the walls to add color for someone on a limited budget?-Kathie P.
I live in an apartment too, and I also love color. Fortunately for both of us, there are lots of ways to make a color statement in your home without painting.
I would first emphasize the use of white. Think white rug (www.capelrugs.com), sculptural white lamp bases (www.revivallightworks.com), even white slipcovers (www.mitchellgold.com). Then add color. Choose a color family, such as a variety of blues, or select one or two colors to dominate. I love large, color-drenched silk lamp shades (www.worlds-away.com) or a big bold bowl on a simple coffee table. I'd also add some great pillows and a throw that both looks and feels good.
You can also bring color into the room with a special piece of furniture. There is some sturdy, ready-to-paint furniture that you can custom color (www.popsfurniture.com). I love the look of bookcases that are painted one color on the outside and a contrasting hue on the inside. You could find a colorful coffee table or an exceptional cupboard that shows your sense of design adventure
(www.redegg.com). Think about using a bench or sideboard as a blank slate and build a colorful display by stacking books or lining up a collection.
When it comes to wall hangings, there are so many approaches. Ask yourself: What do I like best -- paintings, photography, textiles? Perhaps you want to create something more unique. Do-it-yourself art doesn't have to be complicated. There are lots of ways to "create" art. For example, colorful crocheted doilies or handkerchiefs can be framed. You could also stretch colorful fabrics over canvases or frame them under glass. If you have a large swatch of fabric, one example may be enough. If not, think in multiples: Create a grouping on the wall by using identical frames and mats and then hanging two over two or four across. Target (www.target.com) carries many simple, attractive frames with black, white or natural wood. You can also invest in more unusual frames. Go to a local framer or get inspired at www.larsonjuhl.com. Another way to liven up a wall with color is to hang a photo ledge or shelf and rotate a display of artwork. Just make sure before you start that you're allowed to sink nails and screws into your walls.
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