If you're stuck in a boring, cookie-cutter apartment (or house), remodeling isn't your only recourse. You can add a little excitement to your space with one of the decorator's favorite secret weapons: color.
Above: Painting the interior in a bold color takes an ordinary kitchen cabinet to the next level. Image from A Beautiful Mess.
Almost every boring apartment has a few boring cased openings. Inject a little interest into those room transitions by painting the inside of the opening a brilliant color (as seen on Vogue Living).
This diminutive bedroom, spotted on We the Urban, is from an art installation, but it's a great jumping off point for making your own home a little more artistic. Painting the inside of a door and the room beyond it the same color creates an intriguing, jewel-box effect, which would be especially nice in a small room like a closet or powder room.
Pick out things that would normally be eyesores, like pipes and radiators, and turn them into features with a little paint. This is a project from Martha Stewart, via Apartment Therapy.
A wainscot can add a lot of interest to a space, but it's easy to fake one with paint. For maximum impact, use a bold color, like the black in this bedroom from Sketch 42.
Painting a door and the surrounding trim creates a beautiful, solid block of color. Spotted on French by Design.
Another neat trick is to paint just the edge of a door in an unexpected color, as seen in Jen & Nate's Upcycled Mix.
A thick baseboard (or skirt board) can add a nice bit of definition to the bottom of a wall, but if your place doesn't have any you can fake the look with paint, as seen on on Vtwonen.