Ikea has procured a massive body of loyal followers with their stylish furniture pieces and Scandinavian-inspired designs. Malaysians love making a day out of Ikea visits—fooling around the beautifully decorated show units, devouring Swedish meatballs at the food court, etc.
The best thing about Ikea furniture is its versatility. You can personalise your own space, and each piece (if done right) will complement the other. Plus, their furniture is also transformable so that you can turn the sofa in your living room into a makeshift bed whenever!
We can’t always afford such high-end products, but fear not, as interior designer Athena Calderone claims that it’s all about the high/low mix. You can pair minimalistic elements with some more iconic pieces, and it’s the clash that will tie your space together nicely.
That said, let’s tap into our inner designer and see what can come of our weekend Ikea outings.
#1 Have a statement piece
If your space follows a neutral colour palette throughout, you can accentuate the overall design with a bold, standout piece. For example, a black floor lamp against a white wall or a white sheepskin rug draped over a dark sofa.
These little details can maximise the comfort in any room, so don’t underestimate the power of stark contrast. You can also get cute patterned throw pillows from Ikea and make your otherwise basic sofa appear trendy and put-together.
#2 Incorporate natural materials
Those who fancy modern and industrial pieces can spice it up by incorporating more rustic, woven materials. As we’ve mentioned in our Muji Home article, wooden finishings make a neutrally coloured home more inviting and warm.
It doesn’t take much to apply this philosophy to your Scandinavian-themed home. You can go for Ikea’s comfortable rattan chairs, or their many woven baskets that make for ample storage, whether it’s laundry, magazines, towels; even food for a picnic!
#3 Don’t overlook awkward corners
Walk into anyone’s house, and there’s a 50/50 chance Ikea’s LACK side table sits somewhere, functioning as a nightstand or coffee table. These tables are incredibly affordable and come in almost any colour. Most importantly, they’re simple and can be paired with anything, whether you own modern furniture or classic pieces.
If you have an unused corner in the living room or bedroom, fill it up with a small table and incorporate decorations like potted plants, photo frames, the works.
#4 Swap out cabinets for custom shelving
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and it deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. On that note, don’t settle for boring, predictable cabinets when you can galvanised metal shelves from Ikea! These sleek shelves can easily be repurposed, painted and powder coated to your liking.
#5 Use MALM dressers for storage needs
Minimise clutter by getting MALM dressers for bedrooms and closets. They’re practical and minimalistic, which means they’ll go well with other furniture brands. You can store all your things that would otherwise make the room an eyesore, and even adorn the dressers with elegant decor unique to your personality. The wonders of Ikea furniture are endless!
#6 Hang art on the walls
Using art to add character to deadpan spaces is a common practice. Ikea’s classic black and white RIBBA frames suit any art print, poster or photograph. It’s the little details that discreetly get the job done, making your home more appealing. And you don’t even have to spend that much!
You want your home to tell a story, which is what Ikea is here to advocate. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix it up. We’ve handed you the tips; now it’s your turn to make it a reality!
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