The Classic IKEA Staple an NYC Interior Designer Uses in Every Home

Updated 05/05/19
IKEA BESTA
Genevieve Garruppo ; DESIGN: Tali Roth

It's no secret that we love finding , however culling through the Swedish retailer's  can be a daunting task. Enter , one of our favorite interior designers who just so happens to have an affinity for a particularly stylish product from the budget-friendly home goods giant. Starting at just $105, the customizable shelf unit is a furnishing the designer has used in nearly every home she's designed, including her former chic-to-death New York apartment and her current (and recently revamped) .

Why the BESTÅ? According to Roth, the shelving unit is ideal for tying together open-space floor plans and making a space feel welcoming and free-flowing. "I love the BESTÅ as a product when I need more than one piece to connect together," she tells MyDomaine. "I think the BESTÅ units even have the ability to look like millwork if you use them wisely—and they provide really good storage!" However, the key to making this IKEA find look really high-end, according to Roth, is in the styling. "You need art and accessories to make it blend into the environment better," she adds.

Ahead, the NYC-based interior designer shows us exactly how to style the classic IKEA staple she uses in every home. Keep scrolling to shop the storage unit she swears by—and all the chic home accessories she uses to make it look way more expensive than it actually is.

Genevieve Garruppo ; DESIGN: Tali Roth

Defining distinct spaces within an open floor plan can be challenging, but Roth devised a clever solution using the BESTÅ unit in this . The IKEA furnishing seamlessly connects the living space with the TV room and offers up plenty of storage space. "It's a nice proportion for the space, and it gave me the perfect stage for styling chic vignettes and pops of personality," the designer .

Shop the look.

CB2 3-Piece Roundabout Taper Candle Holder Set
CB2 3-Piece Roundabout Taper Candle Holder Set $40

Brass-plated taper candler holders double as eye-catching sculptural pieces of art.

Pottery Barn Taper Candles, Set of 6
Pottery Barn Taper Candles, Set of 6 $12

Traditional taper candles look surprisingly modern in the aforementioned candle holders.

Peter Chadwick This Brutal World
Peter Chadwick This Brutal World $50 $33

A curated collection of contemporary architecture serves as a nod to Roth's interest in Brutalist buildings.

West Elm Globe Table Lamp
West Elm Globe Table Lamp $129

A globe table lamp is an unexpected yet chic choice. 

IKEA HOVSTA
IKEA HOVSTA $3

A birch frame exudes Scandinavian vibes. 

Genevieve Garruppo ; DESIGN: Tali Roth

In Roth's former New York apartment, the designer utilized the affordable storage unit to strategically make the most the open-space layout. "I placed the white IKEA BESTA units down the length of the living and dining room wall as I wanted to create a floor plan that welcomed people and was free-flowing," the designer told . Genius.

Shop the look.

Zara Home Gold Metal Vase
Zara Home Gold Metal Vase $50

A gold vase, like this one from Zara, adds a dash of glam.

West Elm Faux Monstera Leaf
West Elm Faux Monstera Leaf $16

A faux plant offers a low-maintenance way to incorporate greenery.

H&M Large Glass Vase
H&M Large Glass Vase $30 $17

A vessel in a hue that complements the bright artwork above helps tie the vignette together.

Slim Aarons Poolside With Slim Aarons
Slim Aarons Poolside With Slim Aarons $85 $38

A stack of stunning photography books lends an air of sophistication.

Diptyque Baies Scented Black Candle
Diptyque Baies Scented Black Candle $90

A divinely scented candle is the finishing touch.

Convinced to add the IKEA staple to your space? Shop the BESTÅ unit below.

IKEA BESTÅ
IKEA BESTÅ $105
IKEA BESTÅ
IKEA BESTÅ $105
IKEA BESTÅ
IKEA BESTÅ $105
IKEA BESTÅ
IKEA BESTÅ $125
IKEA BESTÅ
IKEA BESTÅ $125

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