5 Times IKEA Looked Deceptively Elegant
In the design version of Where’s Waldo, we get a thrill out of spotting an IKEA item in a well-styled home looking way more expensive than it really is. Yes, it’s somewhat exhilarating when an IKEA piece blends so seamlessly with its elevated surroundings that you have to do a double-take (and some research) to believe that that’s really where it came from. For fun inspiration, we picked our current favourite high-end IKEA looks from around the web, along with the IKEA item to shop, so you can replicate the inexpensive elegance in 2015. Cheers to camouflaged IKEA!
As the focal point in an all-white space with Danish modern décor, the graphic black-and-white rug looks impossibly chic.
Along with a Farmhouse dining table and accompanying bench, Eames-style chairs, and plenty of wood and white accents, the single wicker chair looks smart and rustic-elegant. Though the exact Harola chair above is no longer made, we like the updated curvature of its replacement, the Agen, just as much.
Surrounded by sculptural chairs, high-contrast photography, and faux furs that bring texture and luxury to the stark white table, the famous midcentury design of the Docksta looks anything but IKEA.
In a bright walk-in closet carefully curated in a black, white, and neutral colour palette, the sleek Malm dressers seem fancy—not one of the most budget-friendly options on the market.
For major impact in a small room, the Songe mirror adds depth and drama. We love the layered look it brings to a charming cottage-style room that mixes modern graphic patterns with 19th-century art and midcentury furniture.