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Ask an IKEA interior designer: combining households in style

“My partner and I are moving in together, but we have different styles. What can we do?” Blending households and mixing interior design styles can be a tricky process. We chatted with an IKEA interior designer to get some ideas on how to mix and match to create a new, cohesive look.

A STOCKHOLM coffee table with walnut veneer placed on a VESTERVIG flatwoven rug and a striped STOCKHOLM flatwoven rug.
A pile of cushions dressed in a KUSTFLY cushion cover and DYTÅG cushion covers, and a grey/white ULLTISTEL throw, on a sofa.

From textiles to crockery, how do you decide which sets to keep?

“Fight the urge to recreate what you had before and focus on making something entirely new, together. Look at your pieces with fresh eyes and decide which combinations from both your collections work. Mix patterns with plain, different colors and textures. The magic will reveal itself when you play.”

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A KONSTFULL vase, a white STILREN vase, and a GRADVIS vase with metal insert, on an IDÅSEN cabinet with sliding glass doors.
OMBONAD goblets and wine glasses, OMBONAD plates, ENTUSIASM side plates, and cutlery, all set on an OMBONAD tablecloth.
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How can different art styles come together in one room?

“Sticking to a single look has its place but this home shows off something much more eclectic. Their sizable, diverse collections work wonderfully as gallery walls, immediately catching the eye of anyone who walks into the room without giving any one piece all the attention.”

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A gallery wall with EDSBRUK and RIBBA frames with BILD posters, and other paintings and illustrations set in FISKBO frames.
A bed dressed in a LAPPNYCKLAR duvet cover and pillowcase, with a wall covered in illustrations and BILD posters.
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What about bigger pieces of furniture?

“Like the two parts of this blended family, the chairs around their dinner table come from different places yet work so well together. Open your eyes to the new. It’s here you’ll find beauty in the unexpected.”

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A dining area with a black YNGVAR chair and a brown, wooden chair set at a SKOGSTA dining table with tableware items.
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