Wall Treatments Brighten Drab White Walls

One major problem that’s faced by renters is the inability to paint apartment walls. There is a “no painting” clause in many lease agreements, and it leaves apartments lacking character.

Being a new renter myself, I have learned to deal with the boring plain white walls that I’ve come to accept as part of renting an apartment.

Recently, however, I ran across many different options for adding a little pizazz to white walls, and I’d like to share my findings with you.

Different methods of covering walls use decals, removable wallpaper or fabric.


The easiest and most common way of adding temporary decoration to a wall is by using decals. The decals are typically made of vinyl that clings to the wall while remaining repositionable and removable without causing damage. There are many places to find wall decals, but to spark inspiration, Babble put together this list of 25 Stunning Wall Decals From Etsy.


Removable Wallpaper

This option is perfect for covering large areas without much effort. There’s no messy wallpaper glue to deal with, and if you decide you don’t like it, there’s no bothersome removal process.

Why does anybody use actual wallpaper anyway?

Tempaper is a temporary wallpaper retailer has many different removable wallpaper designs.

The method to using this product is simple:

  1. Measure the height and width of walls
  2. Pre-Cut wallpaper panels
  3. Align each panel’s design with subsequent panels
  4. Peel away 3-4 feet of backing at one time
  5. Use a squeegee to remove air pockets
  6. Trim with a razor around molding, vents, and outlets.

The removal process is even simpler: Pull firmly from one corner until the wallpaper has been removed.



Covering walls with fabric is such a great option because of the wide varieties of patterns that are available in material. The only secret to this method is using starch to get the fabric to stick to the wall. This article about  How To Wallpaper Using Fabric explains the method in detail, but basically, you mix up the paste using this recipe:

  • Boil 4 Cups Water
  • Mix 3/8 Cup corn starch with small amount of water until dissolved
  • Add cornstarch mixture to boiling water
  • Boil until thickened
  • Allow to cool

Then, brush the entire area you’d like to cover and adhere the fabric.

Sounds easy enough, right?


Other methods for wall treatment include using decorative tape or wrapping paper to jazz up white walls.

Do you have any other ideas for adding color without using paint?

I’m excited to give some of these a try.


Until next time,

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