1- Cover that dark couch in a bright, custom slipcover
The Sweden-based company Bemz (Bemz.com) offers a boatload of slipcovers for every possible Ikea sofa, bed, chair, pillow or cushion imaginable. The selection is impressive because of its sheer size and quality (these things will make your Ikea look three times more expensive.) They even have designer options by Marimekko among others. And they ship internationally.
2- Swap out your accessories
If you have a neutral colour palette in your home, then swapping out accessories such as area rugs, pillows, curtains and seat covers is a good idea. It’s a low-cost approach to the apartment makeover. Replace the sheepskin on the living room floor with a light, floral printed rug or the velvet pillows with something in seersucker, for instance. If you’re looking for colourful graphics, try Yoox (yoox.com) for fashionable rugs and pillows.
3- Add some greenery
Plants are cheaper than cut flowers, look just as attractive, and help improve the air quality in your home.
Line your entrance hallway with low-maintenance, dramatic looking floor plants such as Monstera to create a summery greenhouse vibe.
4- Paint your doors
It’s a simple, not-too-labour-intensive and unexpected way to add a pop of colour to your home.
Try giving each door in your place a different hue for a colour block-y theme.
And, if you’re really adventurous, add contrasting coloured trim.
5- Spice up your walls
Painting those seasonal accent walls is a nice idea in theory, but a pain when you’re a renter who will have to worry about living the place bright white when you move out.
Blik (whatisblik.com), a California-based firm makes self-adhesive wall art that will add colour to your place without damaging your landlord’s property.
Choose from a range that includes Keith Haring inspired pop graphics to zen tiles by artist Rex Ray or make your own graphics.