If you're looking for an inexpensive pick-me-up, there's nothing quite like a little bit of color. Pictured above is a cheerful closet-turned-office in Laura & Ray's Art-Filled Austin Home. Painting the back wall of the closet a bright yellow transforms what might have a been a drab space into a cheerful focal point for the whole room. Read on for further inspiration from three real-life spaces that were transformed with color in the space of a single Saturday.
This video, part of a series created by Apartment Therapy in collaboration with Glidden paint, demonstrates that you don't need to paint your whole room to get the effect of a whole-room makeover. Picking out one prominent element with paint (like a window) will allow that element to shine without overwhelming the room with color. Watch this in action in Megan and Chris' new home in the video above, and read more about the project here.
In the past, apartments and homes often came with charming moldings to add interest and definition to interior spaces, but these days, more often than not, you're stuck with just a blank wall. What to do? Here's one clever solution: create a wainscot of sorts by only painting the bottom half of a room. You'll get a whole-room impact, for half the work. Watch the Before & After of Megan and Chris's dining room, and then read more about the project here.
And finally, even if you're not allowed to paint your walls, that doesn't mean you can't add a little color. Here's a simple solution: grab some canvases and a few different shades of paint in bold colors, and create an easy art wall. You'll still get a big impact, and it's totally landlord friends. For more photos and details for this project, click here.
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(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux)