Quick & Inexpensive Ideas from a Swedish Apartment

A frequent piece of advice given on house tours is to wait and buy stuff you really love. This is a fantastic idea. But sometimes .— just sometimes — a bare mantel or undecorated corner just screams for decoration. And the people who own this Swedish apartment seem to have a knack for ideas that will help take the edge off when you just can't wait any longer.

The apartment is actually for sale, so some of these ideas may be staging. But it being Sweden, they're all design-minded and attractive. Easy to replicate in your own home and easy to swap out when you find the perfect piece.

  1. Fill your mantel with things you use and love — here, a pretty arrangement is created out of paint bottles and brushes, candles, and filled canisters. In the second image, a dining room wall looks like an inspiration board — easy enough to recreate with magazine and family photos, ticket stubs, and indie posters.

  2. This is a controversial move here on Apartment Therapy, but decorating with clothing often works well. If you don't want your own clothes to fade, you could try decorating with cool vintage finds or costume jewelry.

  3. Stack mismatched, colorful pillows on the floor in big piles. This looks especially great against a white wall.

  4. While I'm not sure I could hang shoes on my door, it's a good reminder that even the tiniest spaces can be decorated. Try decorating your door with a gorgeous scarf, lovely satchet, or metal ornament — there are plenty of possibilities.

  5. A row of matching neutral baskets in the entryway looks artistic and modern. While not everyone has enough room for this, multiples are often a good idea. Try a row of matching bowls for keys and spare change or a cluster of inexpensive, identical vases.

For more of the apartment see Bolaget.

Via Emma's Designblogg

Images: Bolaget

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.

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