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Ask an IKEA interior designer: easy updates for a bold home look

When it comes to home furnishing, bolder looks can feel a little daunting to pull off. In reality, an expressive interior with a big impact can be achieved in a few, easy steps. Let’s jump in!

A mood board with a mother-of-pearl colour RÄFFELBJÖRK vase and lilac light grey-blue/black-blue NIMTRÄD vases, set of 3.
A mood board with a mother-of-pearl colour RÄFFELBJÖRK vase and lilac light grey-blue/black-blue NIMTRÄD vases, set of 3.

Let those budding ideas bloom (in vases)!

Whether fresh or artificial, flowers immediately add joy to a space. For a more understated look, try single stems in colourful bud vases. For something more dramatic, a large, varied bouquet in a sturdy vase will do the trick.

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Single stem flowers in lilac light grey-blue/black-blue NIMTRÄD vases, set of 3 in front of a pink GRADVIS vase of flowers.
Assorted SMYCKA artificial flowers and leaves in a clear glass/patterned KONSTFULL vase next to a stack of magazines.
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Framed SMYCKA artificial flowers on a wall above a cushion in a pink/striped VATTENVÄN cushion cover on an EKERÖ armchair.

Pulling focus with flowers

Gallery walls are a wonderful way to show off many of your favourite pieces and objects together. A different but equally dramatic option is to have one large piece, creating a single, statement focal point.

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The mood-shifting power of textiles in the home

Textiles can define the feeling of a space. Single-tone drapes that match the colour of the walls create a sense of calm and make a room feel more spacious. Scatter cushions in different patterns, colours and textures can do something quite different – creating dynamism and cosiness.

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A white/white DOCKSTA table and an ODGER chair next to a window with a grey-green SANELA room darkening curtain.
A HUMLEMOTT throw on top of four cushions with one dressed in a beige/striped VATTENVÄN cushion cover on a KIVIK 3-seat sofa.
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A sofa, coffee table and two armchairs on and around a yellow-brown/dark blue low pile SKRIFTSPRÅK rug.

Decorate your floors with rugs

Rolling out a large, graphic, printed rug is sure to make a big impression, and without taking up any room at all, can softly and attractively divide the space.

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On open display

Open or glass-fronted storage is an effective way to organise and display beautiful and precious objects. As well as adding interest to a space, it also doesn’t require popping off to the shops for anything new – it’s merely a matter of working with what you have and creating the biggest, visual impact.

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A dark brown stained IDANÄS high cabinet with glass-doors and 1 drawer behind a sofa with an octopus BLÅVINGAD soft toy.
Four brown walnut effect EKET cabinets filled with books, on a wall, next to an anthracite ARÖD floor/reading lamp.
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