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How to do one room in two different styles

The details make your home. Here we’ve used the same room in two settings, letting small, easy changes create two completely different styles. See how you can do it, step by step.

A dramatic room featuring a burgundy HÄRLANDA sofa against a black wall decorated with antique plates
A dramatic room featuring a burgundy HÄRLANDA sofa against a black wall decorated with antique plates

A bit of drama with a traditional take

This style borrows a lot of character from the surrounding walls. Dare a darker shade to give the room a rich, dramatic mood. It also has a way of nicely framing the objects you hang on it.

The building blocks of a unified look

Furnish by building from a neutral base. The organic shapes of the sofa and cushions create a stylish dynamic. Together with traditional details and patterns, the result is a pleasantly soft expression.

“Combining patterns – also very different ones – has a way of complementing each other to create a strong or playful expression.”
Elin Stierna, IKEA interior designer

Creating a more modern style

“The room is still the same,” says interior designer Elin Stierna, “only taken in another direction. The common denominators are the soft materials and organic shapes. Although individually different, they come together like pieces in a puzzle.”

Experiment with patterns and textiles

Patterns are a treasure when it comes to adding a unique touch. Experiment to create a strong blend of patterns, textures and textiles. And by all means, mix! The very element of variety works in your favour.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Elin Stierna
Photographer: Fredrik Sweger
Writer: Henrik Annemark