You know that feeling when you unearth a killer deal at a designer sample sale? Swiping your card always feels extra sweet when you know you’re paying a quarter of the price for something that’ll look deceptively chic. We get a similar thrill out of spotting an IKEA staple in a beautiful home—it’s like spotting a beautiful pair of shoes in the street and finding out they’re on sale at Zara right now.
Inexpensive elegance is hard to create, but we’ve rounded up eight rooms that prove you don’t need to spend a lot to give your home a sophisticated flair. Sometimes all it takes is a little clever thrifting and a beautiful IKEA area rug. Get your add-to-cart buttons ready—we bet you’ll want to re-create these high/low looks in your own home.
This monochrome weave looks great layered against a white backdrop, organic textures, and edgy accents—just see this Scandinavian space. It gives this rustic modern room some depth and dimension. Bonus: The rug's rustic allure hides scratches and stains easily, so it's hardwearing for everyone in the family.
A little sheepskin can add a big impact to a room, especially when it involves a space with a fireplace! These fluffy numbers look best near vanities or beds, where we tend to linger in the morning. They are also fantastic when thrown atop a chair or by a sofa for an extra-cozy feel. You won’t find a more versatile piece for $23.
This black-and-white tribal rug adds intrigue to a monochrome room. Pair with simple furniture and let the diamond shapes infect the room with vibrancy. To give the Lappljung Ruta rug an even more elevated feel, try infusing subtle chrome and brass accents in the room to really make it stand out.
We love the understated texture this light, patterned rug adds to a room—especially a room whose hardwood floors are on the warmer side. Orlando Soria skillfully elevated the Alvine Ruta rug by repeating its colors in other accents throughout the room: a velvet pillow here, an elegant silkscreen headboard there—very chic. While this rug is sadly no longer available, we think IKEA's Stockholm rug in canary yellow below is just as stunning under a bed.
Don’t underestimate the power of a basic gray rug, especially when you have an all-white room. We love the rich softness this piece brings to a whitewashed room, especially when accented by darker-colored basics in black and indigo. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, don’t let it go bare—dress it up with this Alhede rug. We also love the Höjerup in gray/brown.
This neutral Osted rug adds warmth and texture to any room it lives in. We love the idea of layering it on top of a white painted floor and adding touches of neon pink, plus stark black-and-white art as a backdrop to offset its more rustic nature. The durable yet elegant nature of this rug also makes it a perfect candidate for mudrooms and entryways. We love the texture of the Lohals jute rug below, which is perfect for layering.
If there’s one IKEA rug that’s attained icon status, it’s the Stockholm rug. Designers from Emily Henderson to Nate Berkus and Sarah Sherman Samuel have used the striped black-and-white staple in their respective homes over the years, and the design is not going anywhere any time soon. In fact, its minimal geometric nature could mean a comeback for the IKEA classic.
Want to turn a minimalistic interior up a notch without injecting color? Opt for this dramatic pattern and infuse a calm room with some energy. Warning: This pattern doesn’t mesh as well with all décor schemes. Keep the rest of your space simple, or you’ll run the risk of overloading the space. The Sommar rug in the image above is no longer available, but you can achieve a similar monochromatic graphic effect with the Görlöse rug below. We love how the slightly imperfect black-and-white stripes look as though they're handpainted.
This story was originally published on October 13, 2015, and has since been updated.