So we love IKEA, they have great prices and we think some of their pieces are really worth the cost. (We are looking at you shelving and kitchen gadgets) But at some point you have to break up with IKEA as your main source for home decor and furniture, and move on to higher quality pieces. By this point you'll hopefully have figured out your specific design style, and developed your personal taste. So we would like to share with you the best places to shop for home once you've broken up with IKEA.
If you like Modern Style: Restoration Hardware Modern and All Modern
If you like the way Ikea perfectly combines sleek, modern pieces with more traditional shapes and colors, you’ll love AllModern. It’s basically where all of Wayfair.com hosts its modern furniture, decor, and kitchen items — so all products are discounted from their original price. Items are offered at pretty much every price point. Restoration Hardware launched a new high-end design concept, RH Modern, developed in tandem with top designers. It features uber-luxurious, minimalist furnishings, light fixtures, and décor with unique finishes and rich details, like brass and bronze lacquer.
If you Like Mid-Century: West Elm and Design Within Reach
Always on trend, West Elm has an earthy, vintage look, it offers modern furniture and home decor perfect for the mid-century design enthusiast. Simple lines, natural fabrics, and an affinity for local designers and creators sets this shop apart. Design Within Reach this shop sells reproductions of classic Mid-century designs plus other modern items (although anything here will be a bit of a splurge).
If Transitional is your Style: Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel
If you like Ikea’s more sophisticated pieces, Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel is the place for you. Pottery Barn specializes in classic, timeless pieces, while mixing in some great trends, especially when it comes pillows and bedding.Crate and Barrel has a ton of gorgeous furniture, but the real gold of this store is in its home decor and organization.
If you love Bo-Ho and Ecletic Styles: Anthropologie & Urban Outfitters
If you like Ikea’s more boho, textural offerings (think sheepskin rugs and woven chairs), you’ll love Urban’s “Apartment” section. Urban is definitely more boho-vintage inspired, but similar to Ikea, it carries some amazing pieces that will really open up your eyes to a whole new world of styling techniques. Urban offers everything from furniture to shelving, kitchen wares, rugs, textiles, and decor. In the same vein, Anthropologie has transformed from just a clothing and fashion retailer, to carry quirky kitchen gadgets, bedding, accessories and furniture — but prices can be steep.
If you like Traditional Style: Ballard Design & Wisteria
If you love the aesthetic of antiques but maybe don’t have the time to hit the flea market every weekend, Wisteria is a perfect fit. The online and catalog retailer stocks traditionally leaning furniture and home décor with unique details. At Ballard Design, there’s something for everyone. And you can choose between hundreds of fab fabrics for upholstered pieces, all with the perfect traditional lines and patterns.