The Aliyah Files #12 Ideas for adding color to a colorless standard Israeli apartment

I live in an apartment and like most apartments in Israel, it is made of concrete.  The concrete floor is covered with neutral-colored square tiles.  The walls of the apartment are painted white.  This color scheme (or more accurately lack of color scheme) is very boring and without much character (IMHO).

If painting the walls isn’t an option, there are other ways to add color.  One way is to buy toss pillows for the seating area.  Another is to hang colorful window treatments.  A third way is to hang art, photos, or memorabilia on the walls.  Hanging things on walls may involve using a drill or purchasing special hooks. If you are used to nails on drywall, hanging things on cement will be a different experience.

In cold weather months having an area rug is a nice treat for your feet as well as a way to add color.  Tiled floor are quite cold so it’s nice to have something warm to put your tootsies one.  Do note, you will want to vacuum often or beat the rug because the dust and dirt accumulation happens quickly.

Other decorating ideas are fresh or artificial flowers, colorful blankets, or plants.

My newest decorating idea is taking advantage of this time of year being citrus season and displaying oranges or lemons in a bowl.  Not only do they add gorgeous color but an pleasant citrus aroma as well.

These ideas are relatively inexpensive except for the rug (depending on size or quality) and shouldn’t cause a clutter problem.

Pick your color palette and happy decorating.

Karen Furman, The Klutter Koach

November 26, 2017



Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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