What To Do with Ugly, Beige-y Walls in a Rental?

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Q: This question is inspired by your recent post, "Renters' Solutions: 7 Real Life Examples of White Walls That Work." As someone who has been a renter in multiple cities for over a decade, I'm very used to decorating around white walls. At this point, I would celebrate white walls! Instead, I will soon be moving into a rental house in which all the walls (in Every. Damn. Room.) are painted a dreary shade of beige which, in a certain light, has pea-green undertones. I think this is some people's idea of an attractive neutral "earth tone," but it is not at all my style. And the owner won't change it.

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My tastes are eclectic vintage, with a smattering of mid-century modern thrown in for good measure. Most of my furniture is brightly colored: my sofa is robin's egg blue, for instance, and my office shelving unit (a large wooden rolling cubby shelf) is painted a bright sea green-blue. My bedding is pink and orange and white. My artwork is mostly black-and-white framed prints and beautiful, colorful vintage wall maps. I love my stuff, but it feels like everything I have clashes with the walls of my soon-to-be home. I would welcome any suggestions for how to integrate my beloved home furnishings and style with these walls.

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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.