If your design questions aren't getting addressed in the Ask Casa or Room Therapy posts, then direct your queries to west elm designer Angel, who's started a new TeamSugar group called Ask Angel to help you solve all of your design conundrums!
krazykarot wrote to Angel saying,
I have a question about different ways of decorating when your landlord is extremely strict. I won't be living in my apartment forever, but for at least two years I'd like it to have some of my style. How can I decorate when she doesn't want me painting or even nailing into the walls? Right now everything is very sparse and bland-looking. (For the record, I'm ignoring the last rule a little and planing on using some spackle before I leave.)
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Great question krazykarot! This is one a lot of people can relate to. How do you make your living space your own when, technically, it’s not?!
Don’t worry, you can still show your personal style. If you can’t paint the walls, try redefining the focal point of the room to the floors. Add a rug with strong colors or bold patterns to anchor the room and provide the perfect pop. Build up from there by adding coordinating accessories, pillows, and throws to your couch and chair. Cover those built-in blinds with cool textured curtains to add another dimension to the room. Throughout any space, I always try to use varied textures and fabrics to add depth and interest to a room. Finally, if those walls are way too bleak, you can place tall bookcases against the wall to add height and cover the white walls at the same time. Have fun accessorizing the shelves with books, various found objects, artwork, and collectibles to bring the whole space together, or use canvas storage boxes along the bottom shelf for great storage and filing help.