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A few smart tips to personalise 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).

Two blue cabinets stacked on a living room floor hold books and plants inside, and are surrounded by plants outside.
Two blue cabinets stacked on a living room floor hold books and plants inside, and are surrounded by plants outside.

1. Plants can make a naturally bold impact. With beautiful, organic shapes and bold colours, plants have a way of filling a room up with beauty (plus the bonus of freshening your air). Stack some open cabinets to create storage space and display area for them all in one.

2. Nothing personalises 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.

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.

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.

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. Here are the colours we’ve chosen: (top left) S1502-Y, (top right) 2005-30Y, (bottom right) 2502G, (bottom left) S2005-Y.

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