Traditional Ikea


The first time I took my parents to Ikea, they thought I was crazy. Sure, they liked the prices – and my dad loved the meatballs – but they just couldn’t see the light-toned, self-assemble Scandinavian furniture and bold prints fitting into a traditional home like their own. 

 While I’ll admit that not everything at the blue and gold giant fits my style, I enjoy hunting for the things that do. I never fail to leave Ikea exhausted, but inspired. Who knew you could set up a cute (theoretically) workable living space in 300 square feet? 

Lately, it seems that I’m finding even more pieces that I could easily incorporate into our home – or any old house, for that matter. In honor of the new Ikea catalog scheduled to hit stores early this month, I thought I’d take a look at the more traditional side of the Swedish spectrum. 

Ikea has recently been advertising this bed for $199. 

  Sure, it’s not mahogany or anything – and I’ve found that IKEA’s dark-stained pieces have a tendency to scratch easily, exposing the light wood underneath. But where else can you buy a nice, simple Shaker-style bed for under 200 bucks?

 Or how about this cute little country linen cabinet? Never mind that at $250, it’s more than the bed. 

 Since we’ve never actually had a dining room, we’ve happily made do with IKEA’s tiniest two-seater table for almost six years. But if I were to want an affordable upgrade, I think this little round table and simple chairs would suit the arts and crafts feel of our house. 

Call me boring and basic, but I like a white kitchen.  And you can’t get one much more classic and inexpensive than this. These wainscot-inspired cabinets  would be at home in a beach house, a cottage or a bungalow.


And these side tables could work with a mid-century, traditional or country theme – or just about anything. 


 Of course, browsing Ikea’s website is nowhere near as fun as touring the store, where you can get a feel for how to style all the furniture in those flat boxes. Is it just me, or are there any other closet Ikea addicts out there? Have you ever found anything not-too-Ikea at Ikea?



Filed under bedrooms, design, interiors, kitchens, old houses

4 responses to “Traditional Ikea

  1. David and I actually HAVE that bed and the matching nightstand. We’re die-hards in traditional, farmhouse styling, and have been trying to incorporate it into our home for a budget. Thankfully, our room is spacious enough that we’re not banging into the bedframe that often. And, as we’ve discovered, a black Sharpie cures a lot of ailments in black/brown Ikea furniture. Trust.

    • I envy you guys…I think I’d go the farmhouse route, too, if I wasn’t stuck with our inherited bed. And thanks for the Sharpie idea! We’ve got a penchant for both deep, dark furniture and cats over here, so I’ll have to try out a fine-tipped black marker on some of our claw marks.

  2. Nadia

    I actually really like Ikea. I go there for frames and funky paper napkins and fabrics. I think they have alot of great filler stuff. I always say it does’t matter where the cool stuff comes from, but how you mix it all together ( cheap and expensive). I think that is how you achieve your own unique style. I am a bit traditional, yet I really like West elm mixed in with stuff too…. just my two cents…. 🙂

    • It’s funny that you mention West Elm, because I’ve totally fallen in love with them as of late! Sure, they’re on the modern side, but the decor/accessories have such a toned down, nature-inspired feel that they look perfectly at home with our more traditional pieces. And its all pretty fairly priced to boot.

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