It probably comes as no surprise that IKEA would have to be one of the world's most popular and largest interior design stores on the planet.
Founded in 1944 by Ingvar Kamprad IKEA quickly established itself as a leader in Scandinavian design. The name IKEA is created by Ingvar's initials followed by the initials of the farm and village he grew up in - Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd.
The IKEA concept is that great interior design should be affordable, sustainable and available to everyone wherever you may live and whatever your style may be. With interior stores worldwide there's no excuse for a shabby home! IKEA has a family of designers who constantly design and produce product according to current market demand with an eye to the future.
There are many iconic IKEA pieces and many homes have at least one item from their huge range. I've thrown a few classics into this post that have been around for ages and just don't seem to date. I know I have a few classic pieces myself and when mixed in with op shop finds, vintage furniture and modern purchases they just seem to fit.
IKEA designers take into account form, function, quality, cost and sustainability when creating new pieces to the IKEA range. I've found that the kitchen and bathroom pieces are great when renovating, their price point and quality suit a renovators budget!
The range of IKEA furniture, homewares and outdoor products are perfect for apartments, holiday homes, kids rooms and homeowners especially those setting up their first home.
IKEA have 2 stores in Sydney, Ryde and Tempe (my favourite and closest) with another due to open soon in Marsden Park.