Renting an apartment does not have to be synonymous with white walls, tired decor, and rules so strict you can’t have any fun with your home design. Renter-friendly home decor has come a long way in the past few years, as more young people than ever before are renting instead of buying. Take on these renter-friendly projects to breathe new life into your NYC apartment.

Paint Your Walls

The simple change of interior paint color can instantly transform a space, not to mention it’s the most cost-efficient way to update your home without renovating and refurbishing.

Tackling an interior paint project can feel challenging to implement as many apartment complexes require permission to paint the walls or may restrict you to neutral colors. Thankfully, neutral doesn’t have to mean boring!

If you have a go ahead to paint your NYC apartment, here are a few of our favorite hues for a neutral color palette:

  • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173: a warm and welcoming almost-yellow, ideal for rooms with tons of natural light.
  • Benjamin Moore Drenched Sienna 1182: an earthy mix of brown and pink with luscious red undertones perfect for a moody powder room or elegant guest room.
  • Benjamin Moore Wales Gray 1585: a not-quite-blue, not-quite-gray neutral that can feel warm or cool depending on the decor and furnishings you pair it with.

Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Tempaper Feather Flock Peel and Stick Wallpaper by Genevieve Gorder

If painting your NYC home isn’t an option, removable wallpaper like peel & stick wallpaper is a unique, renter-friendly way to update your interiors. Wallpaper has come a long way in recent years; instead of outdated florals on hard-to-remove paper, now you can have the color and designs you love with easy installation and removal!

Choose from various colors, patterns, and textures, or create your design! We always recommend working with an interior designer to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of our favorite wallpaper trends for 2023 include moody dining room wallpaper, unexpected powder room wallpaper, wallpapered ceilings, and lots and lots of colors!

Custom Window Treatments

Hunter Douglas Luminette® Sheer Panels, Sheer Shades, in a Seating Area

Investing in custom window treatments means more than a style update for your home. We love custom blinds for the natural wood look that adds texture to your space. The beauty of custom shades is in their diversity; from energy-efficient cellular shades to the ideal balance of light and privacy that sheer shades offer, there’s something for everyone to love with custom shades.

Shutters, commonly known as “plantation shutters,” are a classic style whether you love a traditional Southern look or a New England-style shutter. Custom drapery is favored for its many luxurious fabric options. No matter your design aesthetic, there is always a window treatment style right for you.

Pro Tip: Have a roommate? You can also use window treatments like vertical blinds as luxe room dividers!

Renter-Friendly Design in NYC

Janovic is proud to help NYC residents fill their homes with color and personality. As the city’s leading color authority, you can trust our design experts to help you create your dream home – even if you’re renting it. Book a color consultation with one of our color experts, or visit us at one of our locations across the city to connect with us today!

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Benjamin Moore paint at Janovic inspired by New York City street art. Interior design trends 2023.Painting with the Palette of New York City