Part of making the move to Barcelona is finding accommodation – usually renting a room in a shared flat, at least for the first few months. Rooms can range from awful to lovely, but they’re usually pretty impersonal. We’ve put together a guide to making your rented room feel like your own, without breaking the budget. After all, it’s important to make your personal space feel like a home away from home!
Buy some houseplants
Having some greenery in your room instantly adds some life to the space. Stick to cacti and succulents if you’re not great at remembering to water houseplants! You can buy plants at almost every bazaar around the city, but if you get a few plants from a florist they’re usually better quality and last longer. Florista Navarro is a huge plant shop on Carrer de Valencia in L’Eixample. For some reason it’s open 24 hours a day, so you can go whenever you want, and the staff are very friendly and will happily explain the kind of care your new plantmates need to thrive!
Hang some framed pictures
Add some interest to your blank white walls with some framed prints and pictures. Grey Street in El Raval sells lots of original and quirky prints by local artists, and you can buy cheap frames for your new artwork from IKEA or Tiger. If you’re worried about making lots of holes in the walls, pick up a frame shelf from IKEA to display your collection of prints.
Colour code your books
Make your messy bookshelf Instagram-worthy and organise your books by colour. For visual thinkers, it will make finding your book a bit easier, and it’s a free way of making your room a bit more vibrant and streamlined.
Hang a mosquito net
Not only will this look dreamy, you’ll also be protected from the mosquitos terrorising you through the spring and summer. Never again will you be woken by the whine of a mosquito in your ear at 4am! You can get them from IKEA with the hanging hoop included.
Buy a paper lampshade
There’s nothing more depressing than a bare bulb hanging from the ceiling, so sort your lighting out and pick up a paper globe from a bazaar. They only cost a couple of euros, they weigh almost nothing so they’re really easy to hang and they’ll make your room look a million times better!
Create a chalkboard wall
Pick up a tin of chalkboard paint from an art shop and create a feature chalkboard in your room. You can use it as a to-do list, write up Spanish vocabulary you want to learn, draw up your teaching schedule or get creative and draw something like this constellation wall!