9 IKEA Living Room Buys That Look Surprisingly High-End

published Jan 21, 2020
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IKEA is no longer just a place to shop for starter apartment furnishings—and really it hasn’t been for some time now. In addition to the big collaborations the brand has had with celebrated designers over the past couple of years, they’ve also stealthy upped their game when it comes to their full product offerings and monthly new releases. In fact, several products in stock now look completely high-end. Take a peek at our nine favorite finds below—all of which are available for purchase online—so you can refresh your living room from the comfort of your home.

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STOCKHOLM Coffee Table

This walnut veneer coffee table reminds us of some of our favorite mid-century modern pieces, but it’s priced much lower than something you’d find at a true antique shop. For under $250, this table will make game nights and watch parties that much more enjoyable, as its large surface area means everyone will be able to gather around it to grab snacks, assemble puzzles, and more. And that hidden shelf is clutch—it’s the perfect spot to stash remotes, magazines, and even a favorite board game or two.

Buy: STOCKHOLM Coffee Table, $249

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SANELA Cushion Cover

There’s something about a dark green velvet pillow that just screams sophistication. At $8 per pillow case, you’ll want to stock up on several of these for both your couch and accent chairs. If green isn’t your color, IKEA carries navy, mustard, and light blue, too.

Buy: SANELA Cushion Cover, $7.99

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Natural woven materials are all the rage right now, but such pieces can often be costly. Not this rattan ottoman—it’s a cool $69, but it looks super luxe. Pair one with a side chair or even use it as extra living room seating when guests come over. The only assembly that’s required is screwing on the legs, which is another major IKEA win.

Buy: GAMLEHULT Ottoman with Storage, $69

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A good living room rug that doesn’t break the budget can be difficult to find, but this one is calling our names and is both a great size—almost 6-feet by 8-feet—and an excellent deal. It would look especially lovely with a linen or gray sofa but is versatile enough to match a number of styles.

Buy: KOEPENHAMN Rug, $249

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A watering can that you’ll actually want to keep on display? Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s this $10 gem. This guy would look adorable perched on a shelf, window sill, or side table next to your plant babies—maybe it’ll even remind you when it’s time to water!

Buy: VATTENKRASSE Watering Can, $9.99

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TÄRNABY Table Lamp with LED Bulb

This funky little lamp will stand out on your side table or entryway console and is right on trend (hello, Edison bulb!). At just $25, you could even buy a couple and spread them around the room for added warmth.

Buy: TÄRNABY Table Lamp with LED Bulb, $24.99

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LAUTERS Floor Lamp with LED Bulb

Or, if you’re in need of a floor lamp, this tripod style option is one of our faves—we love its simple, Scandi modern shape and blonde wood finish. Plus, the height is adjustable, and you can hide the cord inside the lamp base, which is such a smart design detail. You can also feel good about its shade, which is made of recycled PET bottles.

Buy: LAUTERS Floor Lamp with LED Bulb, $54.99

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Everyone needs a trusty stoneware vase or two to keep on hand, and we love this one because it would make a gorgeous statement piece on open shelving—even without anything inside! The off-white color way is classic, while the sculptural shape will add a nice modern touch to any room.

Buy: LIVSVERK Vase, $14.99

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Cowhide Rug with Grey Tones

In the market for a gorgeous cowhide rug? These look beautiful on their own or layered over a larger jute carpet. Snag this gorgeous gray hide, which is from IKEA’s archives and available on our own Bazaar, to add some Southwestern flair to your apartment, no matter where you live.

Buy: Cowhide Rug with Grey Tones, $175