From Boring to Brilliant: 3 Ways to Paint Your Apartment Walls

Ah, the little box white!

We’ve all been in these apartments. Regardless of what the apartment building looks like on the outside, there are some that house very boring, white boxy apartments.

So what do you do when you look around your apartment and realize that it’s just kind of “bleh”? We say, start with the walls!

The biggest way to make an impact and reflect your personality in your apartment is to get rid of those plain white walls! Living in a Los Angeles apartment can be different for everybody. While some landlords are totally fine with you painting the walls as long as you paint them back to white before you move out, others may strictly prohibit it.

Start by reviewing your lease and then talk to your landlord regardless of what it says. If your landlord will allow paint on the walls even though the lease you signed prohibits it, be sure to get it in writing with a signature or from a verifiable email.

Enough with the technical aspect, let’s get creative!

Did you know that the color of paint that you use on your walls may invoke a certain mood to the people in it? Fresh Home, a design and architecture blog, has a great article about this.

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For instance, did you know that a red room can raise your energy level or that green is considered the most restful color for the eye? Read more about it on the Fresh Home website!

When you’re ready to paint, consider the many options.  You can paint the walls, the trim or the walls and the trim! Painting the walls adds an eyefull of color and is the easiest of all three options.  Home Depot has a great article with a video on how to correctly paint your apartment walls!

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If you’re looking for less color, or perhaps your furnishings are already pretty colorful, the option to paint only the trim may be a better option.  Painting only the trim and leaving the walls white adds bold contrast to any room. Live Love DIY has an informative little blog on how to paint trim!

love black window trim with white walls.

Lastly, there’s the option to paint both the walls and the trim.  This luxurious option is going to be more time consuming and a bit more expensive, but it’s worth it if you plan on being in your Los Angeles apartment for the long haul! Even if you don’t plan on being in your apartment for the better part of a lifetime, painting both the walls and the trim will at least make it look like you will be.

According to the Benjamin Moore paint blog, it’s a better idea to first paint the walls and then focus on the trim.

Whether you live in a Los Angeles apartment or dwell in a little white box somewhere else, painting the walls or trim will always take your apartment from boring to brilliant!

Happy painting!