We all know what I’m about to say, but I’m still going to say it. One must be careful with IKEA. Yes, they have some hidden gems, but if your entire house is IKEA, it will look it. And that’s not just the case with IKEA… If your entire house is Pottery Barn, Target, West Elm, ANY one store…. it will look lifeless.
I’ve never been a frequent IKEA shopper, but lately they have been killing it. Really…. they have stepped up their game. They’ve always had the price thing down. That’s what they’re known for. A truly great piece (think anything – lighting, furniture, textile) is a combination of three traits (IMO) – price, quality & design. When you get all 3 of those factors, you achieve a gem and you had better snatch it before someone else does! Usually an item will have 1-2 of these traits. An extremely cheap piece probably doesn’t have great quality, and while it may have good design and the price is obviously right, it was probably made very cheap and won’t last long. A high end piece will obviously have the quality aspect (and hopefully the design), but the price isn’t ideal. I think it’s very rare to come across a piece that has all 3 of these factors.
All of the pieces below have a great price and design – not all of them have the quality factor as they might be cheaply made, but let’s be honest, do we always need a lamp that will last 15 years? I know some will disagree, but it’s certainly not where I am in my life. I am okay with having a cheap piece here and there (as long as it looks good). All of these pieces are spot on.
IKEA Must Haves:
1: Plant Pots – These remind me of the new Target pots in their fall line. Anything matte black is good.
2: Dish Towels – You can never have too many…
3: Seagrass Rug – A classic and a great price.
4: Kitchen Cart – I’m a cart person. I would buy this if I didn’t already have 3 carts in my home…
5: Black Armchair – This dining chair would look great with a mcm dining table.
6: Wall Sconce – The desk lamp version of this is THE lamp to have. I thought I’d give this guy some attention because he is just as good.
7: Mirror – Love the wood frame. Good price too…
8: Sheepskin – Always.
9: Floor Lamp – I have the pendant version of this. Again, anything matte black with a modern feel is good in my book.
10: TV Unit – IKEA killed it on the design of this piece… The price is right although I’m sure you would sacrifice some quality…