There is no need to settle for a bland kitchen just because you are renting and can't change the big stuff. Focus first on your breakfast area, if you have one, and pack in the color.
Paint a set of wicker or bamboo outdoor furniture, throw a vibrant cloth over your table and hang a colorful framed photo or print.
Pillows are one of the easiest ways to add color to your living room, and they can be swapped out occasionally when you crave change. A neutral couch in white, gray, beige or chocolate is versatile and can handle any cushions you pile on.
Style tip: Choose a theme (for instance, botanicals and florals) to keep even an eclectic collection of pillows feeling pulled together.
Dining areas in apartments tend to feel a bit bland and impersonal, so this is an area where color can make a huge impact. Try adding your own curtains in a bright, cheerful color like lemon yellow.
Style tip: If you go with bright curtains, choose a neutral rug; if you pick a colorful rug, stick with neutral drapes.
If you are in the market for a new bed, consider splurging on one with an upholstered headboard. Take your time and choose a fabric you really love — this piece will be the focal point of the room.
Draw attention away from outdated tile and fixtures with a fresh, colorful shower curtain and a stack of fluffy towels. If you have the space, you can also add color by bringing in a painted piece of furniture, like a stool or small cabinet.
Small storage containers are a great way to introduce color in a workspace. Scoop up a bunch of matching file boxes in a color you love, cover a pin board in coordinating fabric and roll out a rug that ties it all together.
Even if your patio or balcony is pint sized, you can always punch it up with color. Try colorful seat cushions in an outdoor fabric, an indoor-outdoor rug or painted metal furniture. Even adding just a few colorful plant pots can make a huge difference.
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