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Can't Paint? Color Solutions for The Blank Slate

By Alicia Murphy | July 26, 2012

Not everyone is ready for home ownership. It takes time to build up credit requirements, save down payments and clear your credit history in preparation for today's rigorous loan process. So for those stuck in rental property, which is more often than not painted the flattest possible shade of white, it can be difficult to show your personality without endangering your deposit. Fortunately there are some harmless ways to bring color to your space without hiring a painting crew to rectify the changes before you move out.

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Accentuate Your Life

When you can't paint to your heart's content you'll want to add color to the space in removable ways. Accent pieces are a great way to do this since you'll naturally take them with you when you go. Colorful paintings, vases, knick knacks or candle holders will help to bring pops of color into the otherwise dull room. Also try adding curtains or rugs with a bold color concept or pattern to them.

While this might sound like it has little effect on a large white room you'd be surprised how far some small pops of color can go. Still not satisfied? Consider painting an accent wall. This way you can have your color in a way that is easy to repaint upon moving out with little financial investment involved. Check out this article on accent walls.

Furnish Your Addiction

Another easy way to bring non-committal color to your space is through your furnishings. The great thing about a white room is that it's truly a blank slate. You can add whatever colors or patterns you want without concern for them clashing with the walls. So a white room is the perfect place to let your furniture do the talking. With bright colors, bold patterns and sleek designs you can make a big impact on a dull room with just a few well-placed chairs or pillows. Click here to learn more about how small furnishings with big color can change a space visit.

There are a lot of perks about rental property, but unfortunately the ability to fully customize the space isn't usually one of them (unless you're okay with forfeiting your deposit and the possibility of other charges). So for those stuck in rental for the foreseeable future adding personality to your space will take just a bit more imagination and know-how.

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
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