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Best IKEA products according to interior designers

From your first apartment to your dream home, there’s one decor brand that makes its way into every interior along the way: IKEA. The Swedish giant has perfected the art of fashion and function with its minimalistic collection that walks a fine line between classic and on trend.


IKEA Ranarp work lamp

“Brass is everywhere these days, but I love it most when it’s mixed with other metals. As lighting is often considered the ‘jewellery in a room’, this piece strikes the perfect balance: It has pizzazz but isn’t too blingy, and the finish is contemporary but still elegant. This lamp would be perfect in a home office that doubles as a guest bedroom. It does double-duty as the perfect task light but is still chic enough to impress visitors.” — Lindsay Pennington, founder of Lindsay Pennington.

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Coming Soon to IKEA: Solar Panels


IKEA is perhaps best known for flogging flat-packs of unpronounceable but affordable furniture and modestly-priced meatballs, but the Swedish-owned retailer will soon be adding a surprising new item to its UK stores: solar panels. At $9,200 for a pack of 18 panels, the product will be pricier than most IKEA items, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report. But the company says it’s still cheaper than the prices their competitors charge, and promises buyers they’ll make their investment back in about seven years thanks to lower bills and government incentives, the Journal reports.

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One IKEA case study of a semi-detached house with a south-facing roof in the UK estimates the panels would generate about $1,200 a year for the owners through savings and subsidies, reports Reuters. “You don’t have to care about the environment and climate change, you can just care about the finances,” IKEA’s sustainability chief tells the Journal. And unlike the company’s bookshelves and desks, buyers won’t have to tackle the solar panels with an Allen key themselves—installation and maintenance is part of the package.

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Micro Renovations Yield Macro Results

Undergoing a major home renovation can feel like signing up for surgery. At its best, coming out of it unscathed means your breathing is easier, your livelihood restored. But any unanticipated hiccups, and you’re dealing with additional procedures both costly and nerve-wracking.

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Consider micro-renovations your answer to the annual check-up: upgrades that are do-able over a long weekend versus weeks on end. Less expensive and less laborious, they require neither contractor nor aspirin, but can go a long way toward helping your home feel young again.

Just remember the micro-renovation rule of thumb: Keep it simple.

“As soon as there is any kind of demo, removal or anything involving a sledgehammer, you are in trouble,” says DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux. In other words, don’t let your office-to-guestroom metamorphosis transpire into a tornado of power tools and permits. “Once you open a wall,” Lemieux warns, “there is always a bigger issue than you expected.”

Instead, limit yourself to the tangible: wall and window treatments, furniture and lighting. And leave the sledgehammers on the tool bench.

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