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Wall treatments transform a drab, standard apartment color scheme into into something magical. Try these suggestions to give your walls a more personal, stylish look.

Faux Wallpapering

Instead of wallpapering, paste wallpaper to large pieces of thin plywood or room dividers. Hang the finished product or lean it against the wall. Or you can frame a large section of wallpaper using molding. Hang the frame as a single focal point or arrange different-sized frames for an interesting display.

Fabric and Curtains

Give a small bedroom window the illusion of size by hanging ceiling-to-floor curtains on either side. Hanging two or more layers of curtains suggests a much larger window hiding behind the drapery.
Don’t just hang fabrics around windows. Find a pattern you like and use curtain rods to hang the fabric on a wall.

Removable Wall Stickers

Removable wall decals come in all styles and sizes, from colorful kid’s room decals to elaborate, stylish pieces. Prices range for $5 to $75, depending on the size. If you want to add a little style to a temporary apartment without much effort, decals are a great solution. Just peel them off the walls when you leave.


A large mirror reflects light and adds the illusion of space to a small apartment. A single mirror with an interesting frame doubles as an art piece, while a loose grouping of small, differently sized mirrors breaks up a wall’s monotony.

You don’t need to live with unimaginative apartment walls. A little imagination and a few simple materials can transform your living space.




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