I’m an interior designer – how to make cheap Ikea furniture look expensive with some easy tweaks

AN INTERIOR designer has shared her insider tips to make your home look incredibly expensive all with cheap hacks from Ikea.

The woman shared her expertise online and entertained audiences with her budget-friendly decor ideas.

Interior designer Valentina Fussell shares how to make cheap Ikea furniture look expensive with some easy tweaks

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Interior designer Valentina Fussell shares how to make cheap Ikea furniture look expensive with some easy tweaksCredit: YouTube/House of Valentina
Fussell says that once you have a strong color palette you can shop high-end or low-end

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Fussell says that once you have a strong color palette you can shop high-end or low-endCredit: YouTube/House of Valentina

Valentina Fussell is the face and mind behind House of Valentina, an interior design brand that loves helping individuals buy, sell, renovate and decorate and live their most beautiful home life.

In the YouTube video, the home decor expert lists unique tips and finds that can elevate any home, regardless of the price tag of the items inside.

Fussell is a major Ikea fan and throughout her extensive design career, she always resorts back to the furniture and home goods conglomerate for her decor needs.

Now, she shares her bargain knowledge with the world through her House of Valentina social media presence.

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One of the biggest hacks from her professional life she’s learned is that a strong color palette is key to an elegant home and serves as the basis of interior design.

“Once you have your color palette, you can create a very elevated look with that color palette. And you can shop high-end and you can shop low-end,” she says.

According to Fussell, once you find your distinct color palette, it makes it easier to walk into a store like Ikea and shop because you are attuned to what looks good in your space.

The second piece of advice is to create an online mood board.

If shopping at Ikea online, she suggests putting every interesting item into a cart and then placing the pictures together on editing apps, like Picstitch or Canva, to see what they look like together.

The third trick she tells viewers about is to make sure to measure your space before filling up your room because having too many items in one room can really downgrade the look of it.

“Rather than trying to fit as much into the space as you possibly can, I would recommend measuring out the space and think about leaving room to be able to walk through the space, to really give yourself that breathing room,” Fussell says.

The next piece of advice she offers is to grab an Ikea art piece and paint over it to create something special or take their framed art and put family photos or personal pictures inside.

“If you want a more sophisticated, elevated look, I would think about either purchasing or painting your own abstract artwork,” she states.

Another thing she does is she takes smaller Ikea art pieces and buys several to replicate them on a larger scale together by creating a wall installation.

The House of Valentina face says she likes to take smaller Ikea art pieces and replicate them on a larger scale together by creating a wall installation

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The House of Valentina face says she likes to take smaller Ikea art pieces and replicate them on a larger scale together by creating a wall installationCredit: YouTube/House of Valentina

“One of my all-time favorite things to do from Ikea is to create a hotel look with their bed linens,” she shares as she moves on to her next hack.

She adds that bed linens with the satiné finish look incredibly luxurious and high-end and will take your bedroom from drab to fab with their high-quality sets in white, grey, and more.

The next Ikea detail the interior designer loves is their cushions.

“I’ve got a stash of them in my staging area because it’s just, they’re so affordable and they come in lots of beautiful, different colors,” she claims.

She proposes going for their down inserts to extend the longevity of the product because “they really hold up to wear and tear and use.”

“Pillows are one of the best things Ikea sells and they really just nail it,” she says.

In addition, she urges viewers to invest in Ikea throw blankets because they also really make up a room.

Fussell says that the inclusion of books in any Ikea furniture piece elevates and brings a newfound texture into a room

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Fussell says that the inclusion of books in any Ikea furniture piece elevates and brings a newfound texture into a roomCredit: YouTube/House of Valentina

“I have some that I’ve used for years that are just nice and thin and they look really great just sitting over the arm, and then I’ve got others that are just thicker and are cozier,” she explains.

Using a throw blanket to dress up a space is a quick trick to dress up a space, and Ikea has a plethora of options for any color scheme.

The penultimate thing she says that really takes any space up a notch is the inclusion of books on any Ikea furniture piece like a coffee table, bookshelf, or cabinet,

It elevates and brings a newfound texture into a room by personalizing it with design detail.

Her final design notion is to finish out any room with a signature fragrance, also sold at Ikea.

“It really takes a room that’s just kinda blah to a room that just envelops you and really invites you in, and it really just makes you feel really elevated,” she voices softly.

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If the candle coloring or container is not your signature style, she recommends placing it in a vase or covering it with flower details that work with your signature color scheme.

For more information about home decor and how to make your home stand out, the interior designer has more information about expanding your tastes on her brand’s YouTube channel.

The design expert mentions creating a mood board so that you can pair your Ikea pieces together and see if they all work together in your space

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The design expert mentions creating a mood board so that you can pair your Ikea pieces together and see if they all work together in your spaceCredit: YouTube/House of Valentina