Budget Decorating Ideas from a Barcelona Apartment

Budget Decorating Ideas from a Barcelona Apartment

Sarah Coffey
Sep 25, 2009

This vacation rental apartment from Barcelona is simple and spare, but we love the way it combines IKEA with Panton chairs, a neutral palette, and a few pops of color...

Neutral accent walls are used in every room, against a white backdrop. It's a subtle effect, but one that adds some definition to the furniture arrangements. (We also love the way the white IKEA Kulla lamp looks against that light coffee-colored wall.) Panton chairs are part of the room-to-room decor, around the dining table or used as a side chair in a bedroom. Furniture is relatively small in scale, leaving enough open space to create a good sense of "flow" around the floor plan.

In one of the bedrooms, a red console table carries through to red pillows on the bed—a basic and inexpensive idea for creating a coherent color scheme. The bathroom has another detail that we love: perfectly scaled to fit under the sink, an IKEA Molger bench looks like a more expensive piece than it is. By finding store-bought pieces that seem like they're made-to-measure, you can create a custom look in your home for much less.

See more photos and find more information about this apartment right here.

Photos: Habitat Apartments Barcelona

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