5 Times IKEA Looked Deceptively Elegant

Updated 10/23/17
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IKEA kitchen table
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In the design version of Where’s Waldo?, we get a thrill out of spotting an expensive-looking IKEA item in a well-styled home. Yes, it’s somewhat exhilarating when an IKEA piece blends so seamlessly with its elevated surroundings that you have to do a double-take to believe that it really came from the big-box retailer. IKEA has certainly provided us with endless first-apartment décor and DIY inspiration, but we love when it also proves to adapt equally well into elevated interiors—just as a pair of H&M loafers do in a fashion week–worthy outfit.

To help you replicate the looks, we scoured our favorite design resources for high-end IKEA spottings, and we also broke them down with the IKEA item to shop so you can replicate the same inexpensive elegance in your own home. Get ready to take the guessing game out of sourcing décor items from these chic spaces, and cheers to camouflaged IKEA!

IKEA living room

In interior designer Orlando Soria’s old apartment, the graphic black-and-white Stockholm rug creates a bold focal point and looks impossibly chic against the navy velvet sofa and eclectic gallery wall.

IKEA Stockholm Rug
IKEA Stockholm Rug $199
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Surrounded by sculptural chairs, high-contrast art, and mixed exotic pillows that bring texture and interest around the stark white table, the famous midcentury-inspired design of the Docksta looks anything but cheap in this dining space by Studio McGee.

IKEA Docksta Table
IKEA Docksta Table $179
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IKEA living room

A sheepskin rug is one of the most versatile purchase you can make at IKEA. Drape it over a chair or layer it on top of another rug, like in the living room of this Malibu farmhouse for an extra-luxe feel.

IKEA Tejn Rug
IKEA Tejn Rug $15
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Transform a simple white desk tabletop from IKEA by elevating it with new legs, like blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel did in her home office. By using custom legs from Pretty Pegs, she turned a basic workstation into a design statement.

IKEA Linnmon Table Top
IKEA Linnmon Table Top $9
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IKEA bedroom

In Orlando Soria’s old bedroom, the designer paired a simple IKEA patterned flatweave rug with a silk-screen headboard and velvet pillow in all the same tones to elevate the IKEA pick. Repeating a color palette is an easy way to achieve the high-low look effortlessly.

IKEA Alvine Ruta Rug
IKEA Alvine Ruta Rug $249
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