Cheap & Cheery Living Room
Add energy to a rental space with colourful accessories.
Michael Penney transformed this budget studio apartment into a bright, Scandinavian-inspired and multifunctional space. A sisal and cotton rug anchors the living area, filled with inexpensive furniture like an Ikea sofa and two Parsons-style side tables pushed together to form a coffee table. In the corner, a plywood panel wallpapered with a colourful floral pattern acts as a large art piece. (A cheap and easy way to add patterned wallpaper to a rental without angering the landlord.) Fern leaves mounted in Ikea picture frames create an affordable art wall above the sofa. In the window, a long piece of bamboo from Chinatown replaces a pricier curtain rod.