Hide Odd Paint Job Without Repainting?

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Q: Moving around with the military can definitely have its perks, but renting, in ways, is probably not one of them! When we were house hunting for a place in the heart of downtown in our new city, we stumbled upon a little gem: a penthouse with a view to die for. We were actually looking at a different unit in the same building on the first floor when the realtor mentioned that she had a top-floor tenant who would be moving out soon... and of course she asked "Do you think you might be interested in seeing it?" We said yes, and rode the elevator up:

She knocked on his door and pretty much coerced him into showing us his place, unannounced. It was a disaster to say the least, so I was sincerely embarrassed for him and tried to 'look at the place over the mess' .

I took note of all of the things on my check list and we couldn't pass it up. I did notice the modern-style paint throughout the place but I convinced myself I could live with it and decorate around it. Upon moving in is when I actually realized how bad the paint job really was.

I'm pretty sure the realtor was the one who painted, and the reason she won't let me paint is because she is quite proud of her hard work (there is still 14 ft of scotch blue between the wall and one of the cement rafters!). Anyway, the master is my only real problem area... and it's bothering me more and more every day because I have no idea how to decorate around this oddly-patterned paint job.

Here are my questions:

1. How would go about painting over these raised paint tape lines if she ever were to change her mind in the future?

2. Aside from centering the bed (I know!) how could I arrange photos on the wall to make the room more aesthetically pleasing to the eye?

3. Without buying completely new bedding, what color pillows could I replace the current ones with to make the paint look less awkward with our furniture?

Sent by Brandi

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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