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Lovebirds, yes. Identical tastes, no. How do you create a place to call home when you’re two grown-ups moving in together? Interior designer Mia Gustafsson helps out.
Smiling, thirty-something woman and man standing affectionately together; clothing and accessories on a rack behind them.
Black-and-white, face-focused sketch of IKEA interior designer Mia Gustafsson: smile, short hair, glasses pushed up, scarf.
Meet the designer
Interior designer Mia Gustafsson took on the challenge of creating a home for a couple that just moved in together – two people very much in love but with different ideas when it comes to interior decoration. “I wanted to create a space where they both feel at home – where their two styles and individual stories come together.”
Section of living room with a low, wall-mounted cabinet, wall bookcase, curtains, lamp and decorations; rich colour palette.
Maximizing storage
A mix of open and closed storage makes it easy to keep your treasures on display and hide the rest behind closed doors. “This couple plays around with their storage solutions, and use everything from large cupboards to transparent picture ledges and small baskets. They maximize storage in a personal way”, Mia says.
Living room with seating around a coffee table, a backdrop of a wall with a lot of open and display storage.
The precious space in-between
The cabinet in the living room isn’t just great for displaying treasures behind glass doors. In here, it also doubles as a surfboard stand and as the best place ever for a collection of fab hats. “Utilizing in-between space is a great way to optimize a home, and to make it more playful.”
Dining table in living room with odd chairs. Colour palette of rich colours and brighter accents; decorative lighting.
The power of a calm backdrop – and of bright surprises
Mia Gustafsson has used rich colours as a calm backdrop that ties this eclectic home together. But there are exceptions, like the bright coral door frame leading into the bedroom: “Don’t be afraid to add a contrasting colour somewhere. If it doesn’t turn out the way you hope, or if you get tired of it, it’s easy to repaint”, she says.
Side-table with a combined WiFi speaker and lamp. Decorative storage in several small cabinets on the wall above.
Furnish with sound and light
Creating the right atmosphere at home isn’t only about rugs, furniture and art. Light and sound are powerful mood boosters that can easily make the difference between a grey Monday and a great one. “I’ve used three SYMFONISK WiFi speakers, one in the bedroom and two in the living room. They blend into the home seamlessly, offer great sound, and can be controlled all together or separately – perfect when the two people living here want to listen to different things in different rooms”, says Mia.
Woman on a chair in a colourful, alcove-like space fitted with a half-open, sliding-door wardrobe; accessories hung on wall.
Function with a soft touch
Both the kitchen, protected by brass-coloured wall panels instead of classic tiles, and the walk-in closet, with wall paper and floor tiles in different patterns, bring something unexpected to the home – while still being super practical. “Take the PAX wardrobes, for example. They have sliding doors which is perfect when space is sparse, and although they are the same on the outside the interior is customized to be exactly what each person needs.”
Man standing in a darkly coloured, modern, very clean, U-shaped kitchen. Checkered floor tiles, discreet lighting.




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Interior designer: Mia Gustafsson
Photographer: Martin Inger



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