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One way to add color is through clever DIYs. Colorful decor, updated textiles, and playful patterns can instantly brighten up a room and infuse it with a little more personality. So if you’re tired of plain surroundings but wary of opening up a can of paint — or not allowed to open up a can of paint, as is the case for many renters — then read on. Below, you’ll find eight different color-happy DIY ideas that involve not a single lick of paint.
Wallpaper your furniture.
Paint is a go-to for people looking to make over an old piece of furniture, whether it’s something they thrifted or something they already own. But paint isn’t your only option! Wallpapering old furniture can give it a new lease on life. Aside from being a great way to play with intricate patterns, wallpapering a furniture piece also means that you don’t have to wait for anything to dry to put it back into use. Here, Ariel of PMQ for Two shows off her remade bar cart, which she covered in retro-inspired wallpaper. For a subtle hint of pattern, you can also use wallpaper in other ways — like to line the sides of drawers or the backs of shelves.
Give your couch a colorful cover.
Odds are good that the centerpiece of your living room is your couch. Let it really steal the show by giving it a colorful makeover, like Holly of Club Crafted did here by covering her old couch with a new couch cover in a pretty teal hue. If you’re interested in more ways to flip your couch, check out these eight other ways to give your couch new life.
Make your own upholstered headboard.
Textiles are a wonderful way to bring texture and pattern into your space. Pillows are an easy pick — and totally DIYable! — but this DIY upholstered headboard shows another way to give a favorite print pride of place in your home.
Outfit cabinets with colorful hardware.
Every few years, different metal hardware finishes — from polished chrome to aged brass — make their way through the trend cycle. Buck trends altogether and go for hardware that’s a bold, bright color like I did on the cabinet shown here. Try subtle with a single furniture piece or go for the full effect by having a kitchen full of unexpected handles. You can, of course, buy new — or you can nab basic pieces and give them a spray paint makeover in any color of your choice.
Add a rainbow-bright stair runner.
If you have stairs in your home, when was the last time you thought about them? Instead of letting them be an afterthought, make those stairs sing with a colorful runner. Here, Sara of SKG Designs used stair runners from Annie Selke to transform her stairwell into a rainbow path.
Transform tiles with peel-and-stick designs.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) replace the tiles in your kitchen or bathroom, leverage the power of peel-and-stick to transform them. I love this design from Etsy shop Oh My Tiles, which has incredible options in almost any shade you can imagine. If you want an even more renter-friendly DIY, check out how I used foam board as a backer for peel-and-stick tiles in my own home.