Can You Spot the IKEA Product?
True fans of Scandinavian design—or just of the ubiquitous, affordable brand—can often spot an IKEA item simply by taking one glance. While we would describe ourselves as falling into both camps, even we were stumped to find out that some of these items below are from the Swedish chain. Each room boasts affordable pieces that are deceptively chic. From masterful DIY hacks to cleverly styled spaces, these rooms prove that a sharp eye and smart product pairing is all it takes to transform an accent from simple to stunning. See if you can pick the IKEA finds in the interiors below. Go on, we dare you!
Playful and whimsical ombré accents continue to trend in nurseries and playrooms. This gorgeous pink space is bursting with character, but there’s one unexpected IKEA item hidden in the mix. Did you pick it out? The statement chest itself is from IKEA. Each drawer has been removed and given a coat of paint in three different shades of pink to create an ombré effect.
Looking to give your home office a quick and affordable update? Blogger Sarah Sherman Samuels gave her simple white desk a stylish new look by replacing the legs with pale-pink statement wood finds from Pretty Pegs. Bonus: The DIY to-do list is another IKEA hack made from the company’s paper roll.
Bespoke furniture can carry a big price tag, especially when it’s built into a space with odd dimensions. This room overcomes the design challenge on a budget by using a Besta shelf unit as a daybed. Covered with an upholstered top, accent cushions, and a fur throw, you’d never guess this cozy reading nook wasn’t made to measure.
The average kitchen remodel costs roughly $20,000, so choosing classic white IKEA cabinetry can be a great way to reduce your budget. Interior designer Kristan Cunningham tells Lonny she elevated her IKEA kitchen by replacing the wood and plastic drawer handles with leather pulls. The best bit? These accents are easy to unscrew and change, so you can transform a white kitchen as often as your décor taste changes without the renovation price tag.
This Instagram-worthy walk-in closet might look premium, but it’s astonishingly affordable to re-create. Did you spot the classic IKEA item? A Malm dresser has been styled flush against the wall like one long custom-made piece. The key to perfecting this look is by keeping other accents minimal. Opt for matching hangers, and keep accessories stored out of sight.
The IKEA aesthetic is typically modern and sleek, so we were surprised to discover one of the items in this feminine playroom is from the label. Can you spot it? The pastel wooden dresser is the IKEA PS 2012 chest, which has been transformed with a coat of paint and handmade bead handles. Adorable.
This accent doesn’t need any DIY mastery to make it stand out. Yes, the woven pendant light is by the Swedish giant. The owners of this chic minimal home have made the piece look a little more luxurious with smart styling. Elevate a textured item by pairing it with sleek matte accents, and try to aim for a careful mix of high and low furniture. The secret is to invest in quality classic accents, which will elevate cheaper trend-driven pieces.
A quintessential Scandinavian space, this monochromatic bedroom disguises a classic IKEA item amid a sea of white and gray accents. The IKEA bedframe has been transformed by one simple step: replacing the drawer pulls. Swap out basic hardware for a leather or brass pull to make under-bed storage into a customized statement.
Another cheeky desk hack, blogger Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty gave a simple white IKEA coffee table a fresh new look by replacing the short acrylic-coated legs with steel hairpin pieces spray-painted mint green. The three-step tutorial offers a surprisingly easy way to give your home office a personality injection.
Thanks to a black-and-white color palette—the hallmark of Scandinavian interior design—one IKEA piece blends in seamlessly with this modern living room. Can you find it? It’s the hanging charcoal pendant light. We’ve seen the bold piece styled to perfection as a stand-alone accent or en masse in odd numbers for extra impact. Leave the cord exposed, and pair it with other black items (i.e. a thin frame or mirror) to complete the look.
This interior proves you don’t have to alter an IKEA accent to make it look luxurious. Sometimes a few careful styling choices can make all the difference. This modern white table looks surprisingly high-end paired with a statement artwork and molded plastic chairs.