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Spice Up Your Walls Without Paint

Spice Up Your Walls Without Paint

Spice up wallsWhite or cream-colored walls are common in apartments. While paint is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to instantly change the look and feel of your new home, it’s off limits for renters. Don’t consider yourself stuck in a bland space. Instead, here are some temporary ways to add color and pattern to your walls without lifting a paintbrush!

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Temporary adhesive wallpaper is available at specialty online shops as well as places like Target and HomeGoods. Like wallpaper, these peel-and-stick versions can give you a lot of bang for your buck. There are a plethora of options available so finding something to match your style is a breeze. Keep in mind that these papers can be costly when installed in an entire room. Consider using just one or two rolls for a feature wall or room accent.

Traditional Wallpaper

Did you know you can hang wallpaper in a renter-friendly way? Traditional wallpapers can oftentimes be less expensive than the peel-and-stick variety and easier to find. To hang it in a removable way, be sure you buy the non-pasted type of wallpaper and hang it using liquid starch. Always test a patch on your walls to make sure it removes cleanly before doing your entire space.

Wrapping Paper

If you crave the look of something different but can’t take on the cost or the work of wallpaper, use wrapping paper instead. Wrapping paper is the cheapest option out there for covering your walls. Rolls often come 30” wide, meaning you can typically get an entire wall done for less than $10. It’s also easy to hang: thumbtacks, double-stick tape and staples all work. When using temporary hanging methods like tacks or tape, it won’t cling tightly to your walls the way peel-and-stick or traditional wallpapers will. Wrapping paper on the walls is best in low-traffic spaces or backs of closets.

Scrapbook Paper

With some creativity, brightly colored paper from the craft store is all you need to give your space a jolt of color. Use masking tape and 12”x12” sheets of cardstock to make fun and interesting patterns. Folded or flat, stripes to random patterns, the possibilities are endless. Check out the tutorial here for an eye-popping feature.


Fabric is another great way to get color and pattern on your walls without paint. Fabric can be expensive, so keep your eye out for clearance bolts and sales. It comes in widths of 44” to 60”, so pick a width that makes the most sense for your space. There are a variety of ways to hang fabric on your walls. If holes in the wall aren’t an issue, a staple gun is the quickest and easiest method. Liquid starch is another great method for hanging fabric on the walls. This method allows for a true wallpaper-like finish but without any holes or damage to the walls.

If your space needs a pop of color, consider using an alternative method to paint. If none of the above options fit for you, you can also consider poster boards with collages. There are thousands of ways to make a space your own with a little creativity.

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