February 16, 2015 // decor
I am not the first girl-on-a-budget to recognize the beauty of IKEA, nor shall I be the last. In fact, many interior designers are fans of working the Swedish brand’s affordable pieces into rooms as part of a high-low mix. IKEA pieces can be deceptively high-end looking, especially if you know how to style them. Plus, the brand’s trademark Scandanavian look is incredibly versatile, with staples like the Kallax/Expedit shelving unit appearing in homes and apartments across the globe – each with its own twist on the piece.
I just graduated college last year and am definitely living la vida studio, and below are ten classic IKEA pieces I either own or would like to purchase for my place soon. Personally, my color scheme is black and white with touches of gold, but as I mentioned before, part of IKEA’s beauty lies in its versatility. These pieces could work in any number of living spaces.
- RANARP Wall Clamp – As seen in Tiffany Leigh’s studio, the Ranarp wall clamp spotlight is a space-saving alternative to a bedside lamp.
- DOCKSTA Table – A much cheaper alternative to the classic tulip table, the Docksta table pops up time and time again in decor blogs thanks to its clean lines and smooth edges. It’s also spotlighted as number 15 in this list. I’m thinking of pairing it with a slightly more traditional chair for an eclectic look.
- LAPPLJUNG RUTA Cushion – The bold geometric pattern of this pillow cover is surprisingly neutral thanks to its black and white color scheme. See it in action in a glam living room as number 7 on this list.
- BAROMETER Floor Lamp – This lamp looks so much more expensive than it actually is, and would work wonderfully as a reading lamp over a couch or tucked into a corner dining nook.
- UNG DRILL Mirror – I love this mirror. The baroque scrolls are somewhat of a departure from IKEA’s typical clean lines, but it works so well as a statement piece. I’m debating whether to use mine to anchor a gallery wall or hang on its own above my bed.
- RENS Sheepskin – Sheepskin are one of those home trends that seem to endure. They’re perfect next to the bed or tossed over a chair, and the price on IKEA’s Rens version is hard to beat. IKEA also carries an acrylic sheepskin that’s even cheaper.
- SONGE Mirror – A huge mirror propped up against the wall does wonders to open a room, especially in small spaces like studios. The Songe Mirror is another IKEA piece that looks far more expensive than it really is.
- STOCKHOLM Rug – Like the Lappljung Ruta, this graphic rug’s simple color palette keeps it neutral. Seen anchoring many a room, such as in Melissa Nunez’s San Francisco home.
- KALLAX Shelves (formerly EXPEDIT) – Seriously, the possibilities of the Kallax/Expedit shelving series are seemingly endless. From room dividers to bookcases to media stands, it seems like these babies can do anything. See some in action here and check out The Everygirl’s “How to Style” feature on the Kallax here.
- KARLSTAD Loveseat – Another versatile IKEA piece, thanks to a variety of slipcovers from both IKEA and outside merchants and the ability to switch out the legs. Check out Pretty Pegs if you would like some gorgeous new “shoes” for any of your IKEA furniture! The Young House Love bloggers have a Karlstad sectional, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. (In fact, I’m totally using part of my tax return to finally get a sofa. Is this what adulting is – being excited about furniture?)
A quick money saving tip: I highly recommend joining IKEA family. It’s free to join and IKEA offers deals and discounts on various products throughout the year just for members. Right now, both the Rens Sheepskin and Barometer Floor Lamp have special prices, and I saved on my mattress thanks to IKEA family too. This isn’t any kind of sponsored/affiliate link – I just happen to think IKEA family is worth the time it takes to register!