Add Color to Your Space Without Paint and a $100 Giftcard Giveaway~

You may recall that I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles and ideas for exploring your space, city and style.

Apartment Guide's AG Blog is full of great posts on a wide range of topics from finding the right apartment, to learning about local attractions across the country, to decor and more. My favorite posts are the decorating ones (of course.)

Today I wanted to share how I took one of those posts and applied it to my space.  This particular post was about how to add color to a space without the commitment of paint.  This is definitely a dilemma that many renters face.  But these tips can also be applied to homeowners who are commitment-phobic or who just like to switch things up every once and a while.  And since many apartments (and homes) are builder beige, finding an easily reversible way to bring in color is always important.

The first tip shared in the post is to add large scale art.  This is one of the best ways I have found to liven up any space.  I love to add large scale artwork to a boring space.  Not only does it bring in color, but it gives people an instant insight into your personality. 

Here is one of my favorite pieces of large scale art in my home.  It is black and white, but black is a color, r
ight?  ;-)

The next tip from this post which I use in my own home is to have a gallery wall.  Now, in the post they actually suggest using scrapbook paper.  That's a fabulous suggestion!  But I would take it a step further and say to use any sort of colorful artwork. 

This gallery wall of my kiddos' art goes a long way toward adding both color and interest to the loft space in our house.

Some of the other great tips that they offer are to used large fabric-wrapped canvases (easy and inexpensive), folding screens or framed wallpaper.  Any of these easy-to-implement tips will add both color and personality to a space and will go a long way toward making a space your own.

Today, the good people at Apartment Guide have generously offered to give one reader of the Shabby Nest a  $100 Amex Gift Card. 

To enter simply go to the Apartment Guide blog and find a post that gives tips on decorating...then come back and leave me a comment with a link to that post and you'll be entered for a chance to win.  The drawing will remain open until Tuesday, July 3 at 11:59 MST.   I will announce the winner on the blog later in the week.

Good luck~

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The Bentons said...

I really liked the article on adding color without the commitment. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13801

Mami2jcn said...

I like the post about decorating using the color wheel:



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Janet said...

I LOVE this one-I think I'm gonna try it!



~~Rhonda said...

Cottage Design and Décor 101

I enjoyed this post, as I've used the cottage theme to decorate our bedroom / bath / laundry area. Reading the article reminds me to add a masculine touch to the room, which I hadn't thought about before. DH seems to enjoy the room, but I'm thinking a comfy leather chair would make him even happier. I like that idea.

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! ~~Rhonda

Mary Ellen said...


8 home decor mistakes to avoid. Always read things like this- got a kick out of "it is never stylish to have a fuzzy toilet lid cover" !

JC said...

I like this post- Say Yes to Less with Minimalist Decorating Tips.
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Lora said...

I could have used these tips when we were in an apartment.
How to add color without commitment...

Wende said...

I liked the Spring 2012 Decorating Ideas post.


I like the idea of the rosettes and I think that would be a great addition to add dimension to the gallery wall in my girl's room.


Kim said...

I am going to use some tips from Decorating With The color Wheel. Thank you for the giveaway. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13721

Rosa said...


kathy f said...

I like the tips for coastal decorating in this post http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2012/06/3-quick-and-easy-ways-to-update-your.html

Karen said...

I love the record bowl and animal bookends from "Get Creative with Frugal Décor Ideas."

Calli said...

I rent and cannot paint walls, so this article was great:

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thedailyparagraph said...

I found the "8 home decor mistakes to avoid" very interesting. Great giveaway!!

Alison said...


I liked the article about how to be creative with frugal decorating!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Using the color wheel to decorate.

Amy said...

I enjoyed reading How to Do Floral Decor Without Overdoing It.
Love the blog and thanks for the giveaway! Amy

Debbie @ OtRD said...

I can't afford to repaint my walls right now so this article was great:


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I liked the following post...


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JoEllen said...

I found the article on the color wheel really helpful.


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Jacquelineand.... said...

I especially enjoyed the article on creating window boxes for your apartment, found here: http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=9481

My daughter is getting ready to move into her first apartment and was bemoaning not having gardening space; this could be perfect for her. =)

Eligonma said...

I loved this post on minimalist decorating:

Michelle Hudak said...

I like the "Decorating on a Dime" article:

I love repurposing curb finds..shopping in thrift stores and garage sales. It's so much fun to turn "gaaaah!" into "gorgeous". Not only that, but you end up having something unique that no one else has.

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Andrea B. said...

I read an article about the using the color wheel to decorate in the home. I need to learn to do that a little better!!! Color is intimidating.

Andrea B. said...

Sorry, I forgot to leave the link. I read about decorating using the color wheel. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13721

Lynda Del. said...

I like this post - Add Color to Your Space Without the Commitment of Painting

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Tiffany Winner said...

make decor items with scrabble tiles: http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=10391


Linda Chu said...

Floral Decor without overdoing it, I love floral!


Dee said...

I love the post on minimalist decorating -- I hate clutter or overdone designs so this is extremely helpful! http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13861

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Gina M Maddox said...

Here is the link I found for the cover post-http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13861

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Melisa said...

8 Home Decor Mistakes to Avoid 8 Home Decor Mistakes to Avoid at http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=9561

Ashley said...

I like this article: http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/?p=13801

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