Kilburn ParkScandinavian Living Room, London
Relaxed contemporary living space.
Photo by Nathalie Priem
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Ask if you can decorate“Make sure you do actually decorate,” Alice says. “So many people complain that living in a rented property means bare walls, beige everything and a space that doesn’t feel like ‘home’. Whether it’s rented or not, it’s your home, so fill it with personality and you’ll soon forget it isn’t technically yours.”Hayley adds, “It’s always worth contacting your landlord to ask personally if you can update the walls – even if that’s just painting them white to freshen them up – as it will make such a difference and create a blank canvas for you to put your stamp on.“For example, I’ve hand-stencilled my downstairs toilet floor. It was disgusting vinyl, so I painted over it with chalk paint, stencilled on a design that resembles tiles and then sealed it. It looks incredible!”
Offset a pairRather than fixing one shelf directly below another, try staggering their position on the wall instead to create more of a feature. Keep the shelves looking super chic by displaying accessories that complement the rest of the room in terms of colour and style.9 tips for styling your living room shelves like a pro