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.
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.
This monochrome weave looks great layered against a white backdrop, organic textures, and edgy accents. It gives this rustic-modern room some depth and dimension. Bonus: The rug hides scratches and stains easily, so it's hardwearing for every family.
A little sheepskin can make a big impact on 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 it with simple furniture and let the diamond shapes infuse the room with vibrancy. Try adding subtle chrome and brass accents in the room to really make the rug stand out.
We love the understated texture this patterned rug adds to a room—especially a room with warm hardwood floors. 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, particularly in all-white rooms. 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. The durable yet elegant nature of this rug makes it a perfect candidate for mudrooms and entryways. We love the texture of the Lohals jute rug below, which is ideal 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.
Want to turn a minimalistic interior up a notch? Opt for this dramatic pattern and infuse a calm room with some energy. 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.