The Best IKEA Decor Items for a Stylish Home on a Budget

The top 20 IKEA decor items that look high-end for a low price to decorate a home that is timeless and with a modern farmhouse style.

This post has been one I’ve written in my head before. Because so often when I look around our house I think, “Gosh. I really do have an IKEA decor love affair going on.”

I’m not sure if it’s my Swedish roots or the fact that I just really love a great deal, but when I walk into our nearby IKEA, I lose. my. mind!

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I will say though you have to do it right. Because there’s a fine line between stylish home decor and hi-I-live-in-a-college-dorm-room.
So I thought it’d be fun to round up some of my favorite IKEA items that look high end for a low price, if you’ve ever felt lost there.
(By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post or anything. Pretty sure the peeps at IKEA don’t know I exist. I just like passing on any valuable information I can to y’all.)

The Best IKEA Decor Items for a Stylish Home on a Budget


1. Vadholma Plate Shelf / Rack


This plate rack I got at IKEA has actually been discontinued (called Galemby), but they have one very similar to it now. It’s $70, and I swear I couldn’t even build it for less than that. I painted ours in Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black.

Favorite IKEA decor - plate rack

2. Ritva Curtains


I looooooove IKEA’s curtains! It’s really the only place I go to get them because most home decor stores carry curtains that are only 84″ long. IKEA carries lots of options that are 96″ or longer so you can get that gorgeous floor-to-ceiling action. These are $25 per pair! My favorite part is the linen-like texture they have. I can’t even make them out of bed sheets for that.
You can let them puddle on the floor or hem them with simple hemming tape or Heat n Bond. (Thinking I need to hem mine but we’ve had a million other projects going on.)

IKEA Ritva curtains

3. Lenda Curtains


My other favorites of IKEA decor that look high-end are these Lenda curtains. They have a really pretty stitching detail. I cut the tabs off of the tops of mine and hung them up with clip rings to make them look a tad more fancy.

IKEA Lenda curtains

4. Matilda Curtains


These curtains are my favorite for a playroom or kid’s room since they’re light and flowy and have a sweet raised texture on them. I added pom pom trim to these in our old playroom to look like the pricey version in Anthropologie.

IKEA Matilda curtains

5. Picture Frames


They have SO many great, basic frames for really cheap, and a lot of them come already matted, which is a bonus. I’m a sucker for matted black and white prints in frames because they are so timeless. I put free public domain images of vintage clotheslines in them for our laundry room.

Best IKEA decor - picture frames

And I hung these up with black and whites of our own family photos for our foyer gallery wall.

Best IKEA decor - picture frames

6. Faux Plants


I swear it’s hard to find good looking faux plants, especially inexpensive ones. Most of the ones I’ve seen at IKEA actually look really convincing. They have great real plants too, but they don’t stand a chance against my black thumb.

IKEA artificial plants

I even got a pair of artificial boxwood trees (these cypress trees would work too) for our front porch. No one EVER guesses they’re totally fake, even up close. (They were only seasonal and have been discontinued, but they always have new artificial plants every 6 months or so.)

artificial plants from IKEA

7. Farlov Sofa


I’ve dedicated two whole blog posts to this sofa along with how it’s holding up because it’s a WINNER in my book, especially if you have kids and pets. I rip that slipcover off whenever I need to, toss it in the wash, and it’s like a brand new couch. I know I’ve seen one almost exactly like it in Pottery Barn, but of course the PB version is $1,000 more.

IKEA Farlov sofa

8. Stocksund Chairs


We have two of these slipcovered chairs from the Stocksund line too that we’ve been really happy with. They’re really wide, almost like a chair and a half, and very easy to curl up in.

IKEA Stocksund chair

9. Ektorp Sofa


We had the Ektorp sofa in our playroom in our last house, and it was easy to wash the slipcover too. Usually, I could get away with just washing one cushion cover if one every got dirty instead of the entire thing. It’s not as deep-sitting as the Farlov, and it’s on the short side, but we liked it.

IKEA Ektorp sofa

10. Sinnerlig Pendant Light 


We just installed this pendant light in Olivia’s new playroom and it is cuuuuuuute! It looks like something out of West Elm. The light fixtures are some of the best IKEA decor you can buy. This one is a little bit on the dim side, so if you don’t have other lighting in the room to help it out, this one might not be bright enough for you.

IKEA pendant light

11. Billy Bookcases


We’ve loved using Billy bookcases so much for built-ins that we’ve installed them TWICE! It’s way easier and cheaper using these that are already made than building entirely from scratch.
Here’s the tutorial for our short version.

Billy bookcase built-ins

And here’s the tutorial to build floor-to-ceiling built-ins.

Billy bookcase built-ins

12. Art


I always forget about the art and posters in IKEA decor, but they have some really great ones that they change out frequently. In our old playroom, I found a cute poster of theirs that I cut up to stick on some framed cork boards for pops of color.

IKEA art

13. Desk Lamps


These armed lamps we had on our nightstands in our old master bedroom were only $40 that look exactly like $100 versions I’ve seen in more high-end stores.

IKEA lamps

14. White Dinnerware


I’m a big fan of their plain white dishes, but they have some really pretty patterns too.

classic white plates

15. Vases and Pitchers


My favorite vase is this big glass one I got there, and I like that it can double as a hurricane lantern with a large pillar candle inside of it too.

classic glass vase

If you’re a fan of farmhouse, their white pitchers are my favorite for flowers or for using in the kitchen.

classic white pitcher with sunflowers

16. Throw Blankets


I use their throw blankets all the time, especially the ones that have lots of texture. 

throw blanket on bed

17. Step Stool


We like this step stool so much that we bought two, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Both of ours are currently splattered in paint because they’re the perfect height for painting our rooms. We keep them in the bathrooms so Olivia can reach the sinks, and we use them a lot in our kitchen so she can help us with baking and cooking whenever she wants.

IKEA step stool in kitchen

18. Jars and Baskets


Their Korken jars are my favorites for keeping dry goods in our pantry air tight. And they’re glass, so we don’t have to worry about any plastic chemicals. I use their Byholma baskets quite a bit too, mainly because I love the gray wash on them.

IKEA pantry organization

19. Slipcovered Dining Chairs


We carried the slipcover love into our dining room because we love the look of upholstered dining chairs that can stand up to a messy kid. It’s been 5 months since we bought these Henriksdal chairs, and so far, we couldn’t be happier! The covers can be tossed in the wash, and to get the wrinkles out, I put them on damp and steam out any wrinkles in the skirt. They’re pretty comfy too.

IKEA slipcovered dining chairs

20. Christmas Decorations


I went nuts this past year at Christmas because all of their artificial holiday greenery was so cheap! And I knew we’d use it over and over again. I picked up these white poinsettias for our planter wall.

IKEA Christmas decorations

And these boxwood wreaths were around $10.

IKEA Christmas decorations

I ended up buying a pack of their gingerbread cookies in the grocery section too and having fun decorating them to hang up as garland. So very Scandinavian-ish.

IKEA Christmas cookies garland

Aaaaand I already have a list of items in my virtual shopping cart for the next time I visit IKEA. I’m telling you… I have a problem. 😉


Do you have any IKEA favorites? I’m thinking our next visit will be for some outdoor furniture to get summer ready around here.


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105 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren
    Thank you so much for this post! We got into our new home last Sunday and funny enough the majority of things I’ve been thinking about getting were on your list! So thank you for making my decisions narrowed down- watch out IKEA here I come! I look forward to sending you pics of the finished painting of cabinets and organization of it. Thank you again for all you ideas and blessing us all!

    1. Congratulations on your new home! Glad to help 🙂 Yes please send pics of your projects. I would love to see them.

  2. Great post! I will keep these in mind for my next ikea trip! Can I ask where the beautiful blue rug is from in your living room?

  3. Hello Lauren,
    Thank you for this post, and all the others! I find your home very inspiring. Would you tell me where the beautiful picture in your dining room is from?

    Many thanks,
    Sarah

  4. Lauren, I stumbled along your blog via Pinterest last week. I love your style so much! I’ve been trying to define what I want and I love everything I’ve seen in your (many) blog posts I’ve read. I especially love the secret Facebook group. I’m a first time home owner and it’s difficult for me to make decisions because it’s so permanent or it seems too difficult. We’re going to IKEA soon and I’m so glad I checked my email and read your post. Charlotte seems forever away, but fortunately, they have plans to build one in Cary! Im going to go broke! 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Take your time and don’t go broke. 🙂 You can also get great finds on Craigslist, FB marketplace, and Goodwill. You can grab some good deals so if you don’t like it, you can always resell it, move it to another space, and not feel like you spent a fortune. Your style will probably evolve over time so don’t get too stressed out. Choose what you love.

    2. I feel your pain, Amanda! Just bought a house a few months ago. Finally finished flooring and paint and now I’m frozen. I can’t tell you how many items I’ve bought and returned because I’m overwhelmed. I’ve only hung one thing, a mirror above a console table by the garage door. Everything else is stacked up until I can get the courage to put nails in the wall. This post came at the PERFECT time. My birthday is in a few days and I’ve requested a trip to IKEA (almost 2 hours away).
      Thanks, Lauren, for putting this together!

    1. Same!! Can you tell me the paint color on the wall in the playroom as well as the shiplap paint color? I want to re-paint our master and would love a nice neutral color!

  5. Lauren,
    Thanks for the great ideas. IKEA is a wonderful place but most of the time when you are in the store you feel overwhelmed and how would I incorporate this or that in my home when you do see something you like. Thank you for your ideas and showing us how you used the items. This has been helpful in how to make items look expensive without breaking the wallet!!
    Looking forward to our next trip to IKEA!!

  6. I’ll have to check out some of the items on your list. I’ve only been to IKEA once and walked out empty handed. I was a little lost but now I will have to go with tons of time and money. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the list!!!

  7. I’m in Raleigh and we are getting an IKEA in 2020, so excited!! I love your silverware pictured on top of the white plates you show above. Would you be willing to share the brand/style of your silverware/flatware please? Thank you!

    1. Ooh yay! I didn’t know that! I wish I knew. We got it 7 years ago when we got married. I think it originally came from Macy’s, but that’s all I can remember about it.

  8. Love your list of favorite IKEA things. Your house looks so beautiful and comfortable. I would love to know where you purchased your mug rack. It is such a nice size.

  9. Great list! I have some of these items. The Ektorp sofa is now available in an updated 3.5 version which is wider and deeper than the old Ektorp. One of the great things about IKEA is that they listen to their customers.

  10. Check out their new line called “Songesand”….I bought two nightstands and a long dresser (in white) and they are SO affordable and SO timeless looking! Our store here in Dallas has sold out of every piece now…apparently everyone else loves it as much as me!

  11. I guess I need to get myself to Ikea…it’s a little far, but I also heard they are going to build one closer to me, so whoo hoo to that. Such a fun store with so many wonderful things at great prices! Your home is awesome!

  12. Lauren Ikea has to be a way of life. When I was living in Greece it was really far away so I’d make a list for when we went once a year. But now in NY I have a few to pick from… oh the poor car is always weighed down. Haha. I love Ikea for their simple practical ideas. You have done a fantastic job of decorating your home with just the right mix and making it look fabulous!

      1. I was gonna ask the same thing! Those trees are beautiful, and so real looking. I would love to get some.

        I also have a lot of these items! I guess I have an Ikea Problem too!

          1. The trees are back! In topiary cones or twists. They’re right near checkout at the Atlanta Ikea, $39.99 I think.

  13. Yes to all the IKEA goodness! I love their dishtowels and oddly enough their cheese grater! Plus most of the things you mentioned that I also own. I’ll admit it, I also have an IKEA problem.:)

    1. I love the cheese grater too! Mine is the one with two sides and the other side is perfect for microplaning garlic.

  14. This is a great list! I love Ikea too but don’t get there as often as I’d like. Now I have a few more things to add to my shopping cart next time I’m there!

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