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A few smart tips to personalize a rental home

When your home is a rental, it can be tough to really make it feel like you. Here are a few ways to get the unique look you want for your space, without making permanent changes to the structure that avoid all the things landlords often frown upon (and charge you for).
2 blue cabinets stacked on a living room floor hold books and plants inside, and are surrounded by plants all around.
Looking for new home ideas and affordable furniture? Here we used black tape to write a quote on a bedroom wall. IKEA has a lot of different tapes such as IKEA GIVANDE black tape. Updating with washi tape is an easy do it yourself trick.
1. Put your mantra on the wall. Give your bedroom a personal and cozy feeling by putting your favourite inspiring statement on your wall. Plan how big to make the letters and use a spirit level to keep them straight.
A picture ledge sits above a sofa and holds framed photos and artwork, while smaller photos are hung with decorative tape.
2. Nothing personalizes a home like photos and artwork. But there’s no need to ruin your walls with nail holes to get the job done. Use a picture ledge to hold your larger, framed pieces, and use some decorative tape for a laid-back way to post smaller photos.
A bedroom is decorated with textiles in shades of blue and white, with curtains that hang from the ceiling to the floor.
3. Textiles, textiles, textiles! They are seriously the easiest way to make a big change in the bedroom with just a little effort. Start with your favourite colour palette. Then hang curtains from ceiling to floor to make the ceilings look taller, and add throws, pillows, and accent furniture to create a totally fresh look.
Three straw baskets are stacked on a bathroom floor, holding bulky items like a hair dryer and rolled towels.
4. To avoid drilling holes in your bathroom walls, we opted for pieces that are free-standing, like this shelving unit. Baskets that are sturdy, stackable, and roomy enough to stash bulkier items like hair dryers are great for stylish, extra storage.
Four squares of different pain colours are painted onto a grey wall.
5. If your walls are begging for a fresh coat of paint, stick to shades that are on the lighter side. They’ll be much easier to pair with complimentary fabric colours and to paint over when you move out.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Made by
Interior designer: Marianne Eriksson
Photographer: Daniel Wester
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson