Should I Add Color with Curtains Instead of Paint?

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Q: I rent a great apartment with 10 foot ceilings and lots of tall windows. My walls are apartment white, and I really want to add color to my living room. I plan on living here for at least 3 more years, but I am hesitant to invest the time and money involved with painting in a rental. Instead, I thought about adding color via curtains, since I have four windows in my living room. 

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Would adding curtains look okay, or would painting be worth the investment? And what would be a good color to bring into the room? Thank you so much!

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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.