10 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH IKEA — AND NOT MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE SHOWROOM

Nobody wants an apartment that screams, “Ikea” —though we all love its contemporary design aesthetic (and, okay, the bargain basement prices, not to mention the meatballs). The key to working the Swedish superstore is to balance new purchases with your existing furniture and accessories. Keep a look out for solid, simple, and versatile items that mix with more unique new and vintage pieces. Injecting your taste and heirlooms into your space along with is Ikea steals is what gives it an authentic, lived in feel.

Just remember: while Ikea may have many styles to chose from, it’s your personal taste and accessories that will give a room life and elevate the basic pieces that anchor it.