What are some creative and landlord-friendly ways to change the color of an apartment?

Asked by Trulia Houston, Houston, TX Wed Feb 20, 2013

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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Review your lease before doing any kind of change. Llegally speaking, you are not allow to change anything in a rental unless that before you finished your lease, you can change back to the original way that you received it.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

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Joanie Schaa…, Agent, Houston, TX
Wed Mar 6, 2013
If you are on a typical Texas lease form, follow those directions about changes. You need to put in writing exactly what you want to do. You'll also need to restore to its previous condition unless the landlord agrees otherwise.
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Mark McNitt, Agent, Houston, TX
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Adding colored fabrics like towels, sheets, shower curtains, etc. Large canvas art or fake plants can also add some color and dimension. They are coming out with light bulbs ($60 a pop) that are LED and can be controlled from your iPhone or iPad. These lights can change to any color in the rainbow and can be controlled for brightness.

Most landlords would be happy if you were to paint, but it would be at your cost and the tenant would need to get permission in writing before any changes were made.

Mark McNitt
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Bernstein Realty, Inc.
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Heather Heit…, , Houston, TX
Wed Feb 20, 2013
As the other Agent mentioned, authorization in writing is needed prior to changing anything within a rental. Typically, harsh bold colors should be avoided and it is often a requirment to return the walls to their original color upon move-out.

Heather D. Heitke
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Heather Mack…, Agent, Richmond, TX
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Fabric is a good solution. You can use screens, hang on curtains rods or lines attached to walls.You can soak fabric in starch and apply like wallpaper or you could cover panels in wallpaper, paint or fabric and afix that to the walls. Big wall art and painting will give a lot of character to plain walls. Paint would be the easiest solution though so if you can get the landlord to agree that is ideal. You might offer to put the room back to the original color when you move out.
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Krystal Vill…, Agent, Houston, TX
Wed Feb 20, 2013
First, you would need authorization in writing from you landlord in order to change the paint in a rental. Landlord friendly would entail something that was neutral and appealing to the majority of future prospective tenants. I usually prefer something like eggshell walls with white ceilings and trim.


Brandon Newton
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Wed Feb 20, 2013
I am thinking ..............Paint.
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