After 20+ years in this industry, there’s one thing I know with certainty. There’s only one real thing that separates good design from bad and that is editing. That’s right – the maximum potential of any design is a product of careful, meticulous editing. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that even interior designers will mix affordable pieces IKEA products with some high priced ones from time to time. I certainly have! Hence, I present you my list of the top 10 “designer approved” IKEA products that can fuse in any interior seamlessly and not break your style.
I kid you not. The products on this list have been selected so that even if you introduce any of them in your space, then with a bit of editing on your behalf, they will look great. You see I truly believe that if you take the time to examine your product(s) of choice a little more closely (remember I’m an advocate of slow design and mindfulness in home decor), then it is possible to buy pieces that you will end up holding on to for a long time even if some of them come an IKEA store! And needless to say that with a little hacking too, you will end up with a very unique outcome that will tell your story.
There are three qualities that I search for when trying to decide which IKEA product will make a good fit: design flow, versatility and hacking ability. Although IKEA is striving for a more personalized design, these three attributes continue to govern my criteria, starting with design flow which is the term I use to describe a form that appears seamless, with no distinctly visible connections (i.e. bolts and screws). Versatility is also very important because it must be adoptable to many styles, giving room for customization. This brings me to the third attribute: hacking ability. I use this term to refer to the ability to upgrade a product by adding or changing something that will result in a more personalized product.
So without further ado, here is my list that will help you make wiser selections… 😉
Best IKEA Designs
I hope these insights and my list will help you further with your shopping decisions. Do let me know if you found this list helpful…
P.S. This is not a sponsored post and it does not contain any affiliate links. The product images come from IKEA’s website and are used for the purpose of fair use review and commentary.