Have you ever stopped and thought about how Ikea has changed the design world? Their products are affordable, appeal to the masses and their stores offer for an exhilarating shopping and people watching experience especially if you happen upon someone who is visiting the store for the first time. Let’s just say the “deer in the headlights” look is status quo for first-timers!
I recently created a new pinterest board called Ikea Inspiration and set about pinning images of Ikea products. One of the things that stood out to me are the items that appear over and over in room designs. Items like the Expedit Shelving Unit, Lappljung Ruta Rug, Billy Bookcase and the Stockholm Striped Rug. These items I’m sure have made it into the Ikea Hall of Fame.
Despite the fact that Ikea products and a commodity in the design world, what I like most is that designers and DIY’ers can put their own spin on the pieces and give them a unique and custom look.
Take for instance the Malm Dresser ($49-$149 retail) which can become a sophisticated, modern, classic or uber stylish piece of furniture with a little up-sytling.
The Malm Dresser comes in different widths, heights and drawer configurations so it can work in a variety of rooms.
Another hot item is the Lack Side Table. At $9.99 and available in seven colors this little table can be tricked out in so many ways.
The Lack table is the perfect size for a small upholstered bench too.
Here are a few more popular Ikea items used in fabulous room designs:
Lappljung Pillow Cover $10.00
Rast Dresser $34.99
Stockholm Pillow Cover $12.99
Ribba Picture Frame, the makings of a great gallery wall. $4.99-$24.99
There are about a thousand other products at Ikea that can be customized to fit your design and style needs. Although Ikea may appear to be aisle and after aisle of “stuff” upon first glance, Ikea can be really inspiring if you just think of the possibilities.
Do you have a favorite IKEA piece?
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