To no one's surprise, we here at MyDomaine are infatuated with IKEA. While we admittedly love scrolling through the Swedish retail giant's new arrivals section, culling through the extensive 12,000 product inventory in search of true gems can be quite an undertaking. This is why we often seek out product recommendations from the pros (aka interior designers).
In search of the best IKEA buys for styling a welcoming entryway, we consulted top interior designers to share their favorite IKEA ideas, from entryway shelves to statement pendants, lush greenery, and more.
Meet the Expert
We reached out to Kerry Vasquez of Kerry Vasquez Design, Ana Claudia Schultz of Ana Claudia Design, Emma Beryl of Emma Beryl Interiors, Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48, Ariel Okin of Ariel Okin Interiors, Max Humphrey of Max Humphrey Design, and Homepolish designer Sone Ehabe.
Keep scrolling to decorate your entryway like the pros with these designers' top décor picks from IKEA.
“Honestly, the last time I was at IKEA, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this mirror," says Vasquez. "It's gorgeous, and I'm dying to use it in a project! I'm a firm believer in having a mirror in your entryway to give yourself one last look before you walk out the door. Mirrors also bounce light, which makes a space brighter and therefore seem bigger—which is great for smaller spaces like an entryway. I love the detail of the wider lip at the bottom of this mirror as well as the elegant wood frame. So good!”
“The Lohals flatweave rug is another timeless piece I honestly think could work in almost anyone's entryway," says Vasquez. "The rug is 100 percent jute, which is a natural material that is incredibly durable, wears well, and is also recyclable (win, win, win). Just make sure to use a rug pad underneath so it doesn't slip around and drive you crazy or cause any accidents!”
Satsumas Plant Stand
“I am obsessed with the Satsumas line from IKEA," says Vasquez. "All these plant stands are so cute, but my favorite is the tripod configuration. I love that IKEA is choosing to use more natural materials like steel and birch for this planter. That has always been my biggest gripe with IKEA—great lines, great design, not-so-great materials, and that is where the quality gets sacrificed. But not anymore!”
Aloe Vera Potted Plant
“Their live plants! Before you leave, grab a bunch of their live plants for your home," says Vasquez. "You will find the same quality as at your local nursery or Home Depot for literally a fraction of the cost. Next time you're in the market for some good house plants, don't forget IKEA!”
"Hello, this is who I am, says the statement pendant. When you add a statement pendant, it gives guests an intro to who you are and what we are walking into,” says Schultz. The Sinnerlig pendant, in particular, is an excellent piece to bring a large pop of personality into your space with a modern-meets-boho vibe.
Torslev Runner Rug
“A runner adds texture, pattern, and protects your floor from wet shoes and debris," says Schultz. "This natural runner has a lot of texture and a bit of pattern that fits into many design styles.” In its simple black-and-white style, the Torslev rug can suit any color scheme or bring a bit of patterned character to a sleek white design.
If you're trying to add texture to your entryway with a new rug, opt for woven styles like jute or flatweave pieces that wear beautifully as they age.
“It’s always nice having a mirror in the entry so that you can do one last check before you walk out the door," says Beryl. "This one is great for a small space because the deep ledge doubles as a shelf for your keys. It also comes in both walnut and ash, so it’s versatile for any space. I would place this over an entry console styled with a catch-all tray and a pop of greenery.”
Lurt / Gabbarp Storage Rack
“I love this simple storage solution for an entry. Closet space can be limited, so having an accessible place to hang your coat right when you walk in saves time and space. This piece blends right into the wall, and should be placed close to the entry door," says Beryl. "If possible, hang your lighter/airier pieces here such as jean jackets, hats, tote bags, etc. Hide your heavier pieces in closed storage to keep your entry from feeling cluttered and messy.”
Mackapar Storage Cabinet
“This cabinet offers closed shoe storage as well as a surface narrow enough to fit in most small entryways," says Beryl. "Its clean aesthetic makes it both stylish and functional. I would style the surface of this piece with a small tray for knick-knacks and florals. I would also love to hang a mirror, artwork, or a bulletin board above it for daily reminders before you leave the house!”
“You can’t go wrong with this floor basket to put your hats, gloves, scarfs, etc. in!" says Beryl. "It adds a natural element to your space and is super functional for those items you need on the go. Place this basket underneath or on either side of your console table for easy access.”
Tallbyn Table Lamp
“Adding accent lighting to an entry is a great way to make it feel welcoming," says Beryl. "I like the modern lines of this table lamp because it looks timeless and is easy to pair other elements with. Place this on either side of your console with stacked books, a tray, and/or decorative objects to create a layered look.”
“The Raklev runner gives off both vintage and fresh vibes," says Boozer. "I love the flashes of color, and the natural jute hues look great on almost any flooring. It's also a great bargain!” Style this runner with patterned wallpaper for a maximalist effect, or keep it simple with bright white décor to create an airy vibe.
PS 2014 Pendant Lamp
“The PS 2014 pendant creates an impressive, dramatic introduction," says Boozer. "The copper detailing is beautiful and creates a warm, glowing effect.” For those who are really looking to make a statement, opt for modern, artsy light fixtures paired with abstract artwork.
“This is a fun rattan basket, which would add the perfect punch of texture to a space while remaining practical as a place to corral shoes or stray items,” says Okin. With its open design, this woven IKEA basket is packed with personality. Thanks to its simple natural materials and cohesive color scheme, it creates plenty of depth without overwhelming other accent pieces in your entryway.
If you're using an open-weave rattan basket to store items that you'd like to hide from view, line the inside of the basket with linen material for a nice contrast of texture when viewed from outside.
Arkelstorp Console Table
“I love demilune consoles for their versatility and ability to fit in most spaces," says Okin. "This simple [table] can be easily dressed up with some chinoiserie jars, a beautiful candle, and some coffee table books to make for a welcoming entrance foyer.” Use the bottom shelf of the designer's IKEA furniture pick to store extra items or display lush houseplants to complete the look.
Knixhult Pendant Lamp
“A foyer needs good lighting, and this woven bamboo and white plaster fixture is a showstopper,” says Okin. At the same height as the Sinnerlig pendant lamp, the Knixhult style offers another woven option with a different construction. Choose the Knixhult lamp when you're looking for a rattan light fixture that blends effortlessly into white walls and ceiling paint thanks to its sleek hardware.
Besta Wall-Mounted Cabinet
“This console has clean lines and amazing storage space," says Ehabe. "Pairing it with large-scale artwork, on an art ledge above with a matching frame, is so pretty but simple. The floating aspect also makes the ceilings appear taller.”
Kattrup Runner Rug
For a runner that brings texture to your entryway without introducing too many different colors, opt for IKEA styles like the Kattrup rug. “The pattern is fantastic, and there is just enough color to give you inspiration throughout the rest of the space. The flat weave is a good way to disguise dirt from outside,” says Ehabe.
Pinnig Coat Rack
“I’d hang all my denim jackets and cowboy hats and stuff on this hall tree," says Humphrey. "It would be great in a rental apartment where something more built-in would be out of the question.” On top of its no-damage construction perfect for renters, the Pinnig coat rack also brings out a modern industrial vibe to pair with various styles of décor.
“Every entry needs a big round mirror so you can check out your hair before you leave the house,” says Humphrey. Take your last glance on the way out the door in style with this IKEA mirror, complete with a braided-weave frame. Its oval shape would look great above a console table decorated with a storage bowl for keys, table lamp, and lush houseplants.
Ottava Pendant Lamp
“Good lighting is everything," says Humphrey. "I switched out the light fixtures in every apartment I ever rented (and then switched them back when I moved out). This schoolhouse-inspired pendant light would add sparkle to any entry.”
Uglit Flatweave Runner Rug
“This flatweave runner is ideal for an entry because it’s easy to clean and it looks super chic in a modern or traditional setting,” says Humphrey. Thanks to its natural fibers, this IKEA rug could pair with just about any style—but we think it's an especially great candidate for eclectic, boho spaces. Add a wall mirror and potted floor plant to complete the look.