Are Your Walls Plain White? Some Ideas About Color In Your Apartment

I look at a lot of NYC apartments for rent. Hey, it’s my job. Usually, landlords do a fairly decent job of delivering an apartment to the new tenant that is clean and, well, boring. The walls are usually painted landlord white and if it wasn’t for the wood floors, there would hardly be any color in the apartment at all. Is this natural? No, I don’t think it is. If you look at the nature all around us, it’s teeming with color.

It took me a long time to work up the courage to paint my walls some bold colors. And you know what? I immediately like it. Now, several moves later, I’m not quite so bold. There’s more subtlety in my color choices. But I’d never go back to plain, old landlord white again.

Here are some ideas that might get your color juices flowing. What’s great about some of these colors is that they will instantly convert NYC rentals into real homes. If you’re renting an apartment, don’t forget to get your landlord’s permission to paint your walls. Just show him some color swatches and he’ll probably agree immdediately.

Slate grey or thunder grey. Very masculine and a great background for any art objects.

A lighter grey, with a reed mat or bamboo window shade hung from the wall. Great texture.

Very different and very bold. Simple artwork will look best with this background. Notice the color of the sofa. Nice match.

Another bold choice of color, offset by a more subtle bed spread. Coral works well for the bedroom.

Back to your basic slate blue or light blue. Always a classic with white trim on the baseboard and around the windows.

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 20 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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  1. kris Reply

    what is the name of the coral you are displaying in your picture?

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