5 Ways to Add Colour to an All-White Apartment (Without Painting!)

It is very common for apartment walls to be all-white, often met with a neutral colour scheme of beige or grey carpets and countertops. While it may seem stark and bland at first, look at it as a blank canvas full of possibilities.

If your rental contract prohibits painting the walls, or you just don’t feel like pulling out the brushes and rollers, there are many ways to add colour to your apartment without painting. Here are a few ideas to help take your apartment décor to the next level.

Statement Art Pieces

A big canvas or colourful wall tapestry can do wonders for adding visual interest to a space. It will create a focal point and really set the tone for your apartment décor. Canvases can be expensive, but you can save money by opting for economical options from IKEA, Winners and HomeSense, or even scouring your local flea markets and garage sales.

Kitchen Appliances

Add a fun pop of colour to your kitchen with colourful appliances. There are so many options on the market now – you could buy a full set of matching appliances, with a toaster, teapot, coffee maker; you name it! If you’re working with a tighter budget, a simple teapot and decorative vases can be very affordable and turn a plain white kitchen into a chic living space to enjoy your morning coffee.

Pillows, Throws

Pillows and throws add a personalized, cozy touch to any living space. They are also a great way to bring colour into an otherwise drab room. Choose a colour scheme with your roommates or go with a multi-coloured, eclectic mix.

Curtains, Rug

Your rugs and window treatments can be major focal points in your apartment. The eye is easily drawn to these pieces, so choose wisely. If you choose a more intricate pattern or print in your curtains or rug, you will likely want to stay more neutral with the rest of your accents to avoid overwhelming your design. If you chose statement pillows, opt for more simple rugs and window treatments.


Wall decals are a great way to add a personalized touch to your apartment décor without making a huge commitment. There are a wide variety of peel and stick options on the market that are affordable and easy to apply (and remove). You can choose from inspirational quotes and decorative designs – you could even opt for chalkboard panels to be able to leave notes for each other on the walls. The opportunities are endless, and the best part is there is no commitment. When you get bored and want to freshen up the space, just peel them off and try something new!

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