Home tour: small updates for a rental apartment

24.10.2017

Melia’s London apartment is packed with easy-to-achieve updates for making a rented space feel like home. “Small changes can make a big difference,” she says. She shares her ideas.


IKEA Ideas - Home tour: small updates for a rental apartment

Bring life into the living room.

Melia’s furniture layout reflects how she and her husband, Henrik, like to use the space. “We don’t watch TV,” she says. “So why place the sofa facing a wall?” Instead, they focused on entertaining and relaxing, with a cozy reading and display corner, plus a large dining table that also serves as a home for Melia’s “plant family”. “I’m quite attached to my plants and enjoy looking after them and bringing nature inside.”




“If renting means you’re not able to make big changes to your home, there are simple things you can do to make it a nicer, more nurturing place to be."

Melia, Social Media Specialist, UK





 
IKEA Ideas - Home tour: small updates for a rental apartment

Make more of a compact kitchen.

Think of simple ways to maximize storage, practicality and personality. Magnetic wall strips for knives, rails for hanging pots, and wire baskets and racks are great, low-fuss storage solutions. Plants and pictures add colour and character. “Rearranging pots on the windowsill and putting up menus of favorite restaurants on the wall makes me feel happy,” says Melia.




"Big decorating and organization projects take time, patience and money. My tip is to start small and just go for it.”



 
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Energize your bedroom.

For an instant refresh, try updating bedlinen and curtains: “It transforms the feel of the room without having to do anything to the walls.” Other small details, such as small displays and hanging personal touches – like Melia’s handmade flower wreath – complete the space.

IKEA Ideas - Home tour: small updates for a rental apartment
IKEA Ideas - Home tour: small updates for a rental apartment

Add natural updates to neutral furniture.

A pale birch plywood top and statement bonsai soften Melia’s chest of drawers and help break up the all-white look in her bedroom. “I find bringing a sense of the outdoors inside is soothing,” she says. “It’s also a good way of creating an impact without relying on pictures, paint or wallpaper.”