Making IKEA Work in Your Design Mix: 8 Real-Life Examples

published Dec 19, 2013
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Even fans of the big retailer’s affordable finds know that it can sometimes be difficult to have a “grown-up” looking place when sporting the same IKEA pieces as everyone else. Those without the time or means to hack their pieces into a custom look will find inspiration in the fact that when mixed with flea market vintage finds, other affordable furnishings, some high-end pieces, and a dash of personality, IKEA pieces blend beautifully into your home’s overall look.

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Need proof? You’ll find it in the eight house tours below that feature their own successful mixes of IKEA and personal style.

Top row:
1. Lauren’s Happy, Inspired Studio: A gallery wall of frames and striped sofa blanket from IKEA mix with flea market finds and knit pillows from Serena and Lily.
2. Jessica & Scott’s East Coast Nest: In the living room, a white IKEA coffee table blends with a rug from West Elm and custom-upholstered furniture pieces.
3. Jessica & Scott’s East Coast Nest: Orange and white IKEA dish towels mingle with a stenciled floor in the kitchen.
4. Kim & Kyle’s Graceful Home: An IKEA area rug works gracefully with furniture from Room & Board, CB2, Crate & Barrel and more.
5. Kim & Kyle’s Graceful Home: White IKEA picture frames look great with global art and a dining table from World Market.

Bottom row:
6. James and Dom’s Patience in Pilsen: IKEA Shelving houses books, magazines and graphic novels.
7. Jessica’s Mix & Match Studio: An IKEA dresser in the closet complements a gorgeous vintage dresser in the living area.
8. Ken and His Belle of New York: IKEA’s Tirup Swivel Chair blends beautifully with furniture from Z Gallerie, CB2, West Elm and more.