A trip to Ikea can be a daunting endeavor. The showroom is an exercise in sensory overload, where many of us lose all sense of time and flee to the cafeteria to seek comfort in Swedish meatballs and $1 ice cream cones. Still, there are great deals to be had in this black-hole-of-a-furniture store. The key is to plan ahead. Explore the website, create your shopping list, check inventory, and–by all means–clear your schedule that day! Having just made a fruitful expedition to Ikea yesterday, I’ve done most of the work for you. Here’s what I recommend you check out…
Graphic Black & White Accessories
Monochromatic Scandinavian rooms are a bit of thing these days and–true to their Swedish roots–Ikea is answering the call with cool, graphic, black and white textiles and accessories. This is just a sampling of my favorites: Sillerup rug, FLÖNG rug, VÅRGYLLEN cushion cover, and Tickar plate.
Furnishings Made from Natural Fibers
This is probably the category for which Ikea is most celebrated: natural fibers. The quality is on point and the prices are ridiculously fair. Sisal rugs and wicker chairs are staples in their inventory. However, right now, they are also carrying some eye-catching baskets in their Viktigt and FLÅDIS lines.
Paper Shades & Lanterns
Another perennial score at Ikea is their collection of paper shades and lanterns. These big, bulbous beauties can read mid century, Scandinavian, Asian, modernist, and more. They’re also simple enough to melt into a variety of other styles. Pendants are especially striking–whether hung alone or en masse.
From serveware to furniture, Ikea’s currently carrying a ton of unique, cork pieces. Cork is a great way to introduce an new, natural texture to a space that’s perhaps a bit wood-heavy. It will blends in equally well in neutral and colorful spaces.
Untreated, Solid Wood Furniture
Ikea’s Ivar collection will make you feel as if you’ve died and gone to DIY heaven. These pieces are inexpensive and constructed from solid pine. They are completely untreated, inviting you to apply your own custom finish. The fact that the furniture comes unassembled is actually a plus in this instance, because you can paint or stain each piece individually to assure maximum coverage.
Other Miscellaneous Goodies
And, of course, there were various other treasures and steals I couldn’t quite categorize. Sheepskins are all the rage right now and available in authentic or synthetic versions at Ikea. There’s also the Satsumas plant stand with a sculptural, minimalist bearing. The Fado table lamp offers a modern take on globe lighting. Their Tobias chrome-and-lucite, cantilever chair comes in clear, gray, or lilac. Lastly, Ikea’s Giltig glassware is nearly irresistible with its pretty cobalt-to-clear ombre effect.