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.