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How to decorate with the IKEA Stockholm rug

It is not often that we see rugs taking central stage when it comes to design, but this black and white number by IKEA has graced the floors of the most design conscious people out there. And what's best, at £100 for its smaller size of 170x240, it's really one of the most affordable pieces of iconic design that have come out of Sweden.

Designer: Anna Sörensson; Anna Sörensson was one of Sweden's foremost textile designers when she passed away in 2008, 55 years old. Drawing teacher at the Art Academy, she then started the textile creation. In her studio in southern Stockholm, Anna printed her creations on cotton and linen. They became so popular that she and Ljungbergs Factory began printing them in larger quantities.

The rug is so popular with interiors fans, that it has been featured on the cover of magazines for years!

Real Homes magazine (UK) September 2015

So here it is, in all its glory, in 10 fantastic rooms amid Scandi, mid-century and industrial furniture, set against wooden floors with white backdrops (or not). Vote for your favourite room, or send me a link to your favourite photo. Do you have a board on Pinterest that is full of references to this rug? If you want to see an even bigger selection of photos featuring this iconic rug, visit my Pinterest board here. Ready?

1/ Combine with a leather sofa

Try the Nielsen 3-seater sofa by

2/ A rainbow bookcase makes this space fill with colour !

In this dining room there's a lot happening. Mis-match chairs and a colourful library. Combine with a statement pendant light - try Tom Raffield. Crafted using Tom Raffield's signature steam bending process, this stunning pendant design is inspired by the movement of a butterfly in full flight. Its beautiful oak strips allow the light to intercept and create a striking set of shadows to deliver a moody lighting effect in any home space.

3/ Use in an industrial setting

The Stockholm rug seems to fit even this industrial inspired room, with its exposed brick walls, chunky metal trunks and movie-type light.

4/ Floor + wall

Tick two trends at once. The rug and gallery walls. Release your inner artist - while you're at IKEA, grab a pair of picture rails like these, align together and display ETSY artwork!

5/ Use in a high end interior scheme

Combine with classic mid-century furniture like the Hans Wegner "U" Chair, in Oak/ Black Leather. The faux marble panels on the wall are simply divine.

6/ Coordinate the rug with accessories

Keep with the black and white theme through accessories.

7/ If it feels too serious...

Accessorise with tongue in cheek prints or cushions.

8/ Use it in a kids monochrome room

Of course, all eyes are on the spider now! The rug looks like it was made for a kids room, adding fun with its geometric shapes. This would look even better with splashes of green (even on the bed frame). For a similar bed try the Dulwich by

9/ Use it in the kitchen

10/ Add some colour to it

Vote for your favourite look below!

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