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Modern Isn’t Everything: 3 Other IKEA Decorating Styles

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Jessica
06.13.13

Photo: IKEA

So, you want the Pottery Barn look with an IKEA budget, eh? People may tell you that’s impossible, but don’t despair – it can be done! The Swedish furniture giant may be famous for its ultra-modern look, but they have another décor trick or two up their sleeve. If you know where (and how) to look, you’ll start seeing “shabby chic” designs in their showroom, too.

If you just want to shop online and avoid the ultra modern, we’ve done the legwork for you. Not only could the following pieces pass as Pottery Barn or West Elm, they’re all less than $300!

What style speaks to you?

Contemporary

Strandmon  / Raskog 

Traditional

Byholma  / Emmie Land

Eclectic

Akerkulla / Asuden

Cottage

Isala / Leirvik

If the IKEA showroom floor is more your style, here are some general tips to keep in mind:

Mix styles. Even if you’re going for a more traditional theme, you don’t have to completely avoid modern furniture. The key is to mix modern pieces with other styles to achieve a completely different look. As long as the majority of items in the room are one design style, the overall room will take on that theme. 

Use your imagination. An ultra-contemporary couch in a sleek, mid-century room will look modern. The exact same couch in your house covered with pillows and throw blankets will look comfortable and lived-in. When you’re shopping, picture each piece in your home with details (like blankets, books and pillows).

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