How to Style IKEA for a Stunning High/Low Mix

Sacha Strebe

We all love the process of designing a home, but turning an empty space into your dream abode can be costly. The solution? Spend wisely—carefully blending high and low pieces, from contemporary high-end designer pieces to street finds and vintage treasures. This high/low mix is beloved by everyone in the fashion and design worlds, but there is an art to perfecting it. So how do you know when to splurge and when to save? We did some searching, and compiled some of our favorite cheap and chic IKEA pieces—because the company's items look anything but budget. Pair them with some stylish investment buys, and achieve the ultimate high/low look at home.

A stylish home office can look expensive without costing you the Earth. This timeless IKEA Glasholm Finnvard Table looks super chic with its statement sawhorse legs. To ramp up the style dial, invest in a designer lamp; it will be your shining light when you have tired eyes from working all day.

Tolomeo Mini Lamp ($390)

This simple square shelving has to be one of IKEA's most popular pieces of all time. It's super chic and timeless in design, but it's the multipurpose element that really attracts people. It works as the ideal bookshelf, but it's also a great place for bric-a-brac, momentos, and decorative objects. The square spaces are big enough to hold vinyl, too. Invest in some stylish pendant lamps; we love these vintage industrial lights. You'll need them when you're reading all those books, and it's the perfect mood lighting for listening to records. 

When it comes to our closets, we can never have enough storage space or racks. But sometimes our limited space doesn't allow for our burgeoning collection of fashion. So IKEA has come up with some perfect small-space solutions. This cool cage closet doubles as a clothing and accessories rack, and it will look stylish in any room. We suggest adding some high-ticket items in the form of side stools or floor lamps to raise the style profile of the wire look.

IKEA PS 2014 ($199)

This beautiful urban loft is brimming with style. It looks expensive, thanks to highbrow art and those lustworthy Noguchi lamps, but can you spot the IKEA? Those insane bold bursts of green are actually IKEA Stockholm Swivel Chairs. They look so upmarket in this space, thanks to the investment pieces that surround them. This is high/low to a T. 

Akari Noguchi Ceiling Lamp ($160)

Blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel is no stranger to the high/low mix. In her stylish L.A. home, she used kitchen cabinets as a base for her built-in bookcases, and sourced most of her furniture pieces at vintage stores and flea markets. The custom bookcases not only give the space a well-thought-out feel, they also increased the value of her home. Win-win!

There is so much to love about this space. The beauty is in the simplicity. That IKEA rug adds a contemporary feel to the chic gold accents and Scandinavian pieces. Invest in a gilt gold-framed floor mirror to polish off the look.

This stripped-back stylish space is super minimal and fuss-free, thanks to a few pieces that work together seamlessly. The IKEA Turbo Clothing Rack looks so great in this space with its clean lines. Be sure to invest in a cool Hay side table for a chic accent that sets the tone for the room.

This is such a beautiful space, thanks to handmade pieces by the homeowner, furniture designer Katy Skelton. She balances these high-end pieces with a stylish sofa from IKEA. It blends effortlessly into this stylescape, doesn't it?

Katy Skelton Desi Coffee Table ($1275)

Styling a nursery can be one of the biggest design decisions you make. Of all the rooms in the house, this one means the most. Getting ready for your bundle of joy is so much fun, but making sure it's a stylish one doesn't mean you have to part with loads of cash. We love this IKEA light; it can create a stunning glow for your little one. Do invest in a decent crib, though.

Jenny Lind Crib ($999)

This chic desk space might look like a million bucks, but we assure you it's more achievable than you think. The marble desk is actually a simple IKEA Tornliden table covered in marble-effect contact paper. The space is complete with a few copper accents that elevates the style factor. Perfect for the budget minimalist.

Bend Goods Lucy Side Chair ($439)

What are your tricks for styling your home with a high/low mix? Share your wisdom with us.

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