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Ask an IKEA interior designer: home style on a budget!

How do you create an attractive yet functional home with not much money to spare? It’s a pressing question that so many of us have – and fortunately, IKEA interior designers are perfectly poised to answer it.

A cluster of objects including a black KONSTFULL vase sit on a flat surface in front of images taped to a wall.
A cluster of objects including a black KONSTFULL vase sit on a flat surface in front of images taped to a wall.

Discover organic, nature-inspired shapes

First things first: a busy space needs something that brings in a sense of calm. Think nature-inspired textiles, leaf motif cushions finished by hand and affordable accessories in organic shapes.

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A PÄRUP sofa is topped with SMÅFROSSÖRT and GURLI cushion covers. A blackboard wall with chalk writing is behind.
    A REGOLIT paper lampshade covered in black dots hangs in front of a TERTIAL work lamp mounted to the wall.
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      A RUDSTA glass-fronted cabinet contains three shelves holding candle holders and wooden objects. A lamp is on top.

        Chic, black metal for the win

        The sleek silhouette of a black metal cabinet will give a minimalist touch to the busiest small space. Even better, look for glass doors to enhance visual interest and easy accessibility to whatever is inside.

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        Get the utilitarian design look

        Exposed bulbs and pared back pieces made from light wood have an industrial and unfinished – but very stylish – appeal to them. Layer with artwork, rugs and accessories for a contemporary take that is super comfortable, too.

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        A FRÖSET easy chair sits on a wood floor, with a HELMER drawer unit and two MOPPE chests of drawers behind it against a wall.
          A TVÄRHAND table lamp sits on a flat black surface. Behind it, black slashes of paint decorate a white wall.
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            Go with natural materials

            Create quiet cohesion in a busy space with a palette of natural, tactile materials. Try woven rattan chairs or jute floor coverings to bring a natural vibe that feels wonderful to the touch.

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            Two ÄLVSTA rattan chairs sit side by side, on top of a wooden floor.
              Two LACK side tables in white stained oak effect perch on top of a STRÖG jute rug. Papers are on the table.
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                An adult and a child are painting a PERJOHAN stool white. The paint can is open and they hold brushes dripping with paint.

                  Personalise your home

                  Whether you enjoy the raw finish or opt to paint them a colour, these pieces help you create a space that feels like it’s tailored to you – and on your own budget.

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