I admire the ancient look or rustic feel of things, especially furniture and buildings. So, when I first visited IKEA, Kuwait (I’m talking more than 15 years ago), I was not impressed with the ‘boring’ white-coloured furniture and other household items from IKEA. I wanted the antique furniture look. But after I got married and had to take care of the house myself, I changed my mind. I realized the importance of having simple furniture with little or no hidden corners. The simpler the household items, the easier they were to clean. Now, despite my love for antique items, I have settled for the simple and elegant household items from IKEA, Bangalore, as they are space-saving and affordable, too.
These flower pots are merely for show. You will need to get pots with holes to put your plants in and place those into these pretty white flower pots from IKEA. You may want to check on them every month as they tend to fill up with water, especially if your plants need to be watered daily. We only use them for our mini snake plants that require minimal watering.
Our favourites are the white rice paper lamps from IKEA. We have previously owned table lamps, ceiling lamps and floor lamps of the same type. Right now due to the presence of ‘kids with balls’ in the house, we have chosen more sturdier lamps for our study room and bedside tables. Our elegant floor lamp is still the rice paper one from IKEA and has been standing tall for two years now. Let’s hope it stays that way for a longer time.
We hadn’t thought about buying these tables when we went shopping earlier last year. We were looking for a centre table. But these tables looked convenient to move around. So now, besides our heavy centre table in the middle of the living room, these elegant-looking white tray tables from IKEA are the ones mostly used, especially by the kids.
Since we were small, we would hang our clothes (to be worn again soon without washing) behind the doors that would not open properly due to the amount of clothes hanging there. Now, we have an elegant hat and coat stand from IKEA that we use for our clothes. It does not look shabby in the corner of the room but it always helps if you limit your items hung on it.
For those of you who love decorating your balconies with undergarments, please check out this drying rack for hanging wet clothes. You can fold it and keep it in a corner when not in use. And, you can use your balcony for other things like having a cup of tea or just standing and enjoying the view outside. The foldable laundry basket from IKEA also has an elegant look and can be kept anywhere in your bedroom or laundry area.
In India, we mostly used steel or plastic racks for drying our dishes. Now, we use a dish drainer from IKEA. I just learnt this term while I was looking for this item on their website. Yes, it may be small for joint families but for nuclear families, it can be the most elegant thing in their kitchen. Of course, this is probably only good for those who don’t have a dishwasher already.
We currently have a lot of rags that we use as hand towels. But, we are soon planning to purchase a new set of white hand towels from IKEA. They come in various colours, so yours need not be white. They also have bath towels, hair towels and something called ‘tea towels’ that I have yet to check out. Yes, another trip is coming up!
Instead of those plastic bins that we normally get at local stores, we have switched to elegant-looking waste bins from IKEA that look stylish in the restrooms. They have an inner bucket that can be removed and easily cleaned. They also have a soft closing lid, so nobody knows exactly when you’re done with your job. Hahaha!
Mostly, the products in IKEA are ‘cheap and chic’ and long-lasting. Besides these new household items, we have some furniture that has been with us for over 15 years already. Maybe those will make an appearance in my next blog post. But for now, I hope you liked my little informative article on how you can make your house look simple and elegant with household items from IKEA.