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Add Color to Your Space with the Commitment of Paint

Living in an apartment can mean limited decor options. Painting your walls in your favorite shade of green or blue may not always be ideal. In fact, it may go against your lease. And even if you did have the option of painting your walls, losing your deposit is something you would risk. So, how do you add color to your space without going against your lease agreement? With a quick visit to your local crafts store and a little DIY, you can add color and personality to your apartment in no time with very little impact on your walls - and your wallet. If you're not sure what color is best suited for your space, check out these tips on using the color wheel for inspiration. Large Painting If you have a large empty wall in your living room, consider creating your own piece of art. Have fun and mix and match the colors to go with your space. Next, measure the width of your wall to determine how big your piece of art should be. Then, head out to your local art store and purchase a canvas that will best fit the space, painters tape (you can determine how wide the lines should be), acrylic paint and a foam brush. Create a geometric design on the canvas using the painters tape. This is where you can have fun - it doesn't have to be perfect. Next, cover it with the paint. You can use different colors. Let it dry. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape, and voila - your very own art piece. Fabric Wrapped Canvas Similar to the large painting, you can easily use an artist's canvas to add color to your wall. Head out to your local crafts store and purchase a yard of a fabric that you love. Consider using a fabric that will add that pop of color, as well as one that will add texture to your space, like a textured silk. Wrap the fabric around the canvas - like a present - and use a staple gun to secure the fabric in place. This is great because all you need is one hole, which betters your chance of getting your deposit back in the end. Union Flats