My Top 10 Design Picks from IKEA to Update Your Home Now!

My Top 10 Best Design Picks from IKEA to Update Your Home Now!

We’ve all been to the Swedish home store, IKEA, right? For me it compares to the fun had at an amusement park–an undulating spiral walk among fun color-filled designs and magical lights a glow! I always end up at the check out isle with a full yellow shopping bag.

A Swedish friend of mine once told me that in the US we pronounce IKEA wrong. It’s actually pronounced (Eee-KAY-UH). So now that we can all say it right, let me make it known that I am a big believer in buying quality for a home, and not all things at IKEA (Eee-KAY-UH) are made to last for years and years–in particular the upholstery, seating and wood products in my experience do not stand the test of time or provide the comfort levels that I want and for that reason I skip those products when I’m shopping there.  However, during my recent pilgrimage to the Carson CA location (my local IKEA), I found some pretty cool new designs that when mixed in right can create a fresh sense of added color, organization and a happy new room feel. I have used and even own some of the items I recommend below–I selected these 10 products as my top design picks because they rival some of the items that I sell from other top quality manufactures- and of course they are sold at a fraction of the price.

Below are MY 10 Best Design Picks from IKEA to Update Your Home Now!

1. Stylish Retro Industrial Chic Accent Lighting

Yes! Love these two tone floor, desk, wall and ceiling lights with old school woven textile cords! This lamp suite from IKEA is rockin my world. They come in an oil rubbed look (matte black), silver and white finishes. I sell lights like this from other vendors for $200-$800 and these beauties sell for $20-$45!

Ranarp Series Lighting from IKEA. Floor lamps, Clamp lights, Desk Lamps, and Ceiling Pendants.

Ranarp in Black and Brass Finish

 

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Brass finish and textile cord detail. Beautiful.

 

2. Outdoor Shelving!

Outdoor spaces can sometimes get neglected. Well, this outdoor shelving can turn your porch or your patio into a dreamy space for only a few hundred dollars and a little of your organization time. I would go for the units with glass or metal doors as the items inside will stay clean longer and that makes for more functional storage over time.

HINDÖ Greenhouse cabinet, indoor/outdoor IKEA

Genius Way To Clean Up an Outdoor Space!

HINDÖ Greenhouse cabinet, indoor/outdoor IKEA

HINDÖ
Greenhouse cabinet, indoor/outdoor, gray
$99.00

HINDÖ Shelf unit w/cabinet, in/outdoor IKEA Also stands steady on an uneven floor since the feet can be adjusted.

HINDÖ
Shelf unit w/cabinet, in/outdoor, gray
$119.00

HINDÖ Shelf unit, indoor/outdoor IKEA Also stands steady on an uneven floor since the feet can be adjusted.

HINDÖ
Shelf unit, indoor/outdoor, gray
$50.00

HINDÖ Shelf unit, indoor/outdoor IKEA Also stands steady on an uneven floor since the feet can be adjusted.

HINDÖ
Shelf unit, indoor/outdoor, gray
$100.00

HINDÖ Cabinet, indoor/outdoor IKEA Also stands steady on an uneven floor since the feet can be adjusted.

HINDÖ
Cabinet, indoor/outdoor, gray
$69.00

3. Utility Carts!

You can add a utility cart to any room to improve function and storage and these carts are so pretty and come in the most yummy colors–use it as a nightstand, a bathroom caddy, a bar cart, a kitchen cart–the possibilities are endless. They roll really easy with spinner type technology. I want a few in turquoise to organize my design studio!

Check this link for some styling ideas! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201644_idde02a/

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

The sturdy construction and four casters make it easy for you to move the cart and use it wherever you like. It even fits in tight spaces because of its small size. About 13″ x 17″

 

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

RÅSKOG
Utility cart, dark gray
$29.99

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA The sturdy construction and four casters make it easy for you to move the cart and use it wherever you like.

RÅSKOG
Utility cart, red/brown
$29.99

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

RÅSKOG
Utility cart, turquoise
$29.99

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

In Black too!

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

RÅSKOG
Utility cart, beige
$29.99

4. Great current rug patterns and designs ranging from $59-600.00.

HOVSLUND Rug, low pile IKEA Suitable for use underneath your dining table, as the flat-woven surface makes it easy to pull out chairs and clean.

HOVSLUND
Rug, low pile, dark gray
$99.00

TILST Rug, flatwoven IKEA Handwoven by skilled craftspeople, and therefore unique.

TILST
Rug, flatwoven, handmade natural, multicolor
$34.99

LOBBÄK Rug, flatwoven IKEA

LOBBÄK
Rug, flatwoven, indoor/outdoor beige
$79.99

ALVINE RUTA Rug, flatwoven IKEA

ALVINE RUTA
Rug, flatwoven, white/yellow handmade white/yellow
$249.00

IKEA PS 2014 Rug, flatwoven IKEA

IKEA PS 2014
Rug, flatwoven, multicolor handmade multicolor
$139.00

STOCKHOLM Rug, flatwoven IKEA

STOCKHOLM
Rug, flatwoven, net pattern handmade, net pattern yellow yellow
$199.00

DYNT Rug, low pile IKEA The anti-slip backing keeps the rug firmly in place on the floor and reduces the risk of slipping.

DYNT
Rug, low pile, beige
$149.00

SILKEBORG Rug, flatwoven IKEA This rug is unique since it's created from patches of old traditional handmade Turkish rugs.

SILKEBORG
Rug, flatwoven, rose
$699.00

OSTED Rug, flatwoven IKEA The rug is hard-wearing and durable because it’s made of sisal, a natural fiber taken from the agave plant.

OSTED
Rug, flatwoven, natural
$59.99

 

 

5. Plush – high quality checked towels.

These beauties come in this shade– Blue Green, plus pink, tan, white and grey.

I have been using them in my master bath for over a year and they hold up better than any other towel I’ve purchased in the past. Sizes range from a washcloth to a huge bath sheet –from $2.99- $13.99. And, I love the hanging loop. Perfect for out of site towel hanging on hooks behind the door–my favorite.

 

 

ÅFJÄRDEN Bath sheet IKEA A terry towel that is extra thick and soft and highly absorbent (weight 600 g/m²).

Hang towels in hooks behind the door to keep them out of site.

ÅFJÄRDEN Bath sheet IKEA A terry towel that is extra thick and soft and highly absorbent (weight 600 g/m²).

From washcloth to bath sheet size.

6. Textured Chenille Pillow Covers.

These pillow covers are great for adding a layer of gorgeous texture to a sofa, bed, chair, chaise, breakfast nook banquette–you name it. I own them in yellow. Love the softness. They have a mid-century design look. Similar pillow covers if done-up custom could cost upwards of $75 or more each.  These cost $7 and $12. Feather fills are a little extra but if you have good fills at home already, just use what you have.

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Bright and Sunny Yellow

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Cool Masculine Grey

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Cute Baby Pink

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Classic Off White

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Happy Deep Sky Blue

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

CA Poppy Orange

GULLKLOCKA Cushion cover IKEA Chenille fabric feels ultra soft against your skin. The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.

Spring Green

7. Labeled Metal Rolling Drawers.

This rolling metal drawer unit from IKEA is so cool. Comes in green, red, white and gunmetal. They can be bunched to make one long storage console, use them alone in a garage or office or kids room nightstand–Did I mention That They Roll? I need a new desk, so next trip out I plan to buy two in white and place a 1 1/2″ wood block countertop on them. Presto–a cute new farmhouse style desk. Of course, I will change the drawer hardware to create my own look.

HELMER Drawer unit on casters IKEA Slot for label on each drawer so you can easily keep things organized and find what you are looking for.

HELMER
Drawer unit on casters, green
$39.99

 

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I WANT HELMER TOO.

8.  Oversized Woven Storage Baskets–So great for any room needing a bit more texture and warmth!

Great for entries, halls, family room toy storage, blankets storage, or place on any tall cabinet to give the room height and a bit of rich texture.

FLÅDIS Basket IKEA You can choose how you want to use this basket – turned up with handles or turned down to display the contents.

FLÅDIS
Basket, seagrass, black
$19.99

FLÅDIS Basket IKEA You can choose how you want to use this basket – turned up with handles or turned down to display the contents.

FLÅDIS
Basket, seagrass
$12.99

9. Woven Tray Top Drum Table with Power Plug In

I love this piece. I personally wouldn’t hesitate to get my can of spray paint out so that it could blend it into any room’s color palette. Use as a nightstand, side table–would work great as an entry piece to catch keys and charge phones. $70

SANDHAUG Nightstand IKEA There’s room under the tray for a power strip for your chargers.

SANDHAUG
Nightstand, white natural
$69.99

Cute casual style tray top table and includes power plug in!

10. Cord Management Box– Great for a kitchen, bedroom, office. Getting cords out of view can be a great way to clean up a space.

KVISSLE Cable management box IKEA Charge your devices and hide the chargers and cords under the lid. Hole for cords in the lid and on the short sides.

KVISSLE
Cable management box, cork, white
$9.99

I’m Kamaren and just like Sherlock Holmes I solve cases. Instead of crime, it’s interior design. Creating beautiful well edited living spaces is what I do best and I LOVE seeing concepts turn to reality. I blog to share my work, fabulous finds, and the things I am passionate about that make me happy and fulfilled. Please explore, enjoy and connect with me.
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