In line with yesterday’s mood board, I’d like to show you how we’ve used Ikea in our home. Around here, Ikea is the only place that offers stylish and affordable furniture at a decent price point, we’ve used it a lot. We’ve tried to get rid of the Ikea showroom effect by hacking it and making it our own though.
In the entrance:
The white console below the gallery wall is the Liatorp – I really like it, though I think next year we’re going to ditch it for something with more storage, that we’ll make ourselves. The red lanterns on top are from Ikea too (on sale after Christmas a few years ago, they had everything red on sale for some reason). And opposite from the console table there’s a Rast mini chest of drawers that we finished ourselves.
In the living room:
We also hacked the Ikea Erslev rug (one of the most popular posts ever; I also included the stencil) although we later decided it was too small and got dirty easily, so we swapped it for a Tarnby rug.
In the kitchen:
The left side of the kitchen has another Besta cabinet, set on top of a kitchen footboard and with a countertop surround and with frosting film. No one’s able to tell that those aren’t “real” kitchen cabinets!
(They’re on the right in the above pic)
We’ve also used other kitchen accessories from Ikea to make our kitchen more functional, like adding a couple of drawers because the kitchen only came with one (can you believe that?!) and retrofitting an existing cabinet with a pull out component. I also really like their 365 collection of kitchen items, we have a few pots and pans and they’ve held up really nicely.
In the bathrooms:
Last year we finally changed the pedestal sinks for vanities and for the change we went with – you guessed it – Ikea. In the master bath, since the tile is beige, we picked a brown-black double Hemnes vanity; and in the second bath we went with a high gloss dark gray Godmorgon vanity that complements the blueish gray tile nicely.
We also have a few other things in the master bath that you can see in the above pic that are from Ikea – the Hemnes mirror and the Freden (now discontinued, I think) medicine cabinet.
In the guest room:
For the guest room, we wanted a bed that could be made into a double, but didn’t want to sacrifice any storage space. The Hemnes daybed is perfect because it opens up but still has three huge drawers underneath for storage. We bought it in the as-is section (like many other big items) and it was a great purchase. The curtains are from the old Stockholm collection.
In our room:
Basically, everything’s Ikea in the master bedroom except for a couple of things. The (hacked) dresser and nightstands are white Hemnes; the bed is the Noresund which we hacked to remove the footboard, and we have a Ribba photo ledge. Oh and I forgot to mention – my favorite Ikea frames are actually the Fjallsta instead of the Ribba, since they’re real wood but still that almost black color. I’ve used it to frame the world map and a couple of other things, like wedding pics.
So, that’s it for Ikea in my home… but be sure to check out these five ladies’ Ikea ideas:
- Amber’s from Wills Casa.
- Anu’s from Nalle’s House.
- Katja’s from Shift Ctrl Art.
- Kim’s from Newly Woodwards.
- Gretchen’s from Boxy Colonial.