What’s better than a trip to Ikea? A (metaphorical) trip to Ikeas around the globe. Yep, the Swedish retailer undoubtedly has various locations scattered across the world, each boasting a slightly skewed offering of furniture, food, and can’t-miss buys. With this in mind, we perused the country-specific pages of international Ikea locations for a fresh perspective on how to use the classic pieces we all know and love—this stunning Italian bedroom being one prime example. See for yourself.
Having your storage out for the entire world to see may not exactly scream “stylish” nor is it that aesthetically pleasing. The fix? Utilizing a vibrant panel of fabric to cleverly disguise the unsightly moments of your home. See how interior stylist Ashlyn Gibson used this eye-catching cut of fabric to conceal the bedroom closet, all the while complementing the bold yet minimalist scheme of the space.
When it comes to tiny bathrooms, it’s all about making the most of the limited square footage you have with as few pieces as possible. Tricky, huh? Here’s where a versatile storage solution comes in—much like this compartmentalized piece spotted on Ikea Italy, which can house a slew of items from towels and linens to beauty and bathtime essentials. Bonus points if you can squeeze in a potted plant or two in there.
We’ve seen our fair share of Tarva hacks but this clever approach definitely takes the cake for one of the more untraditional uses of the dresser. When tight on space, utilize the top of the dresser as a makeshift bar cart and clear out a couple of the drawers to store everything from party snacks to extra glasses.
What happens when two creatives are tasked with the redesign of a chic Parisian abode? Only good things. The kitchen, which was once clad in a less than stunning blue and yellow scheme, faced a major upgrade with a high contrast redo featuring a classic black and white palette. Ikea’s Laxarby doors provided the space with a sleek finish, topped with a stained wooden countertop for a touch of warmth.
Talk about a statement spot! In this inspired dining room found in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, a woven Ikea basket lends an understated yet texturally dynamic accent atop the moodier elements of the space. With the absence of the superfluous, of the few decorative pieces that do exist, the nook’s design scheme is elevated with an effortlessly chic touch.
Can you spot the faux plant in this utterly dreamy scene? In this light-filled London flat, a streamlined shelf stands in as a style-focused storage solution for everything from books and decorative accents to leafy greens and potted accents.
We’re all for imparting a holiday classic with a tropical twist—case in point: this still festive spin on the snow globe from Ikea in Ireland. Simply flip a basic, lidded jar upside down, attaching a mini succulent (a faux cacti plant also works!) to the cork base. Yep, it’s easy as that.
If this isn’t a quintessentially Scandinavian design, we don’t know what is. Stockholm-based interior designer Saša Antić, creates the ultimate Christmas scene by incorporating cozy textiles with textured accents and a handful of evergreen twigs.
Consider glass-door cabinets as an excuse to put your most revered trinkets, decorative accents, and potted greens on display. A well-curated shelf goes without saying, while implementing a handful of lustrous pieces can help take the set to a new level. In this beautifully decorated scene, moss-lined shelves transform an ordinary shelving unit into a real show-stopper.
We love the idea of using the end of the kitchen island for additional method of storage. In this mod, high-contrast kitchen from France, a towel rod houses a slew of cutting boards, cleverly placed within hand’s reach.
This chic vignette, found in Japan‘s Kanon Bakery, makes excellent use of an Ikea shelving staple as a minimalist source of storage for products. The saturated shade of the backdrop is only an added bonus.
The Raskog trolley is a new classic. We’ve seen the piece used in a myriad of ways: from kitchen carts to beauty carts and everything else in between. In this light-filled home office, situated in the UK, the trolley provides an ample extension for the busy workspace. Housing an array of essentials—for what we can only assume belongs to a creative—the multi-level cart fits right in with its contemporary surroundings.
In this beautifully moody Norwegian home, a deep blue velvet sofa undoubtedly steals the spotlight as the focal point of the room. Complemented by warm leather decorative accents, rustic furnishings, and sleek steel elements, the space exudes undeniable Nordic charm.
A plywood panel, minimalist knobs, and a touch of paint help transform a plain piece into a statement-worthy accent with fully-functional capabilities. Swap out your current mudroom storage solution for this clever upgrade spotted on Ikea in Italy.
Originally published November 2017. Updated February 2018.