Last week we shared the Breezy Miami Estate big reveal here on the blog. This Miami remodeling project resulted in an amazing home makeover. Our talented interior design team really transformed the dated home interiors into modern living spaces.
If you look over the our project photos, you will find interesting and beautiful carpentry pieces installed throughout the spaces of the home. As you know we love IKEA Hacks! And this time we want to show you how we integrated some IKEA pieces to create beautiful “built-in” looking pieces. For this contemporary home makeover, using IKEA pieces versus doing an entire custom carpentry piece was ideal, it helped keep the cost down!
We decided to go ahead and create two modern IKEA Hacks for this Miami home: one in the family room and one in the pool room. We assured you would not be able to tell IKEA pieces were mixed in! Our clients preferred to have IKEA hacks in informal areas, and chose to have the custom carpentry pieces in their formal spaces like the bar and living room.
TV Unit – Family Room
For the TV unit in the family room, we used the Besta system to create a floating entertainment and storage unit; this system is so polyvalent, you can use it for many applications! We chose the deeper and taller units as we knew that our clients wanted lots of storage. To make it look like a custom piece we asked our carpenter to wrap the entire piece with wood veneered panels. We chose the veneer to be chocolate grey wood to add a little bit more life and warmth to the unit. The wrap hides all of the nails that you typically see in IKEA pieces; just perfect!
As for the IKEA Besta finishes, it’s always nice to use a darker color for the carcasses (or interior) of your cabinets, it makes it feel more elegant and different than the usual white or beech wood.
We would have used the Besta collection doors for this piece, but IKEA discontinued the taupe colored doors just as we were about to purchase them! Not a problem, we found this great company – Semi Handmade – who has a large selection of doors that they create just to fit IKEA pieces. After reviewing their samples, we found the perfect grey-taupe to pick up the tones of the MDC vinyl wallcovering to be used on the built-out wall, around the floating TV unit.
The wallcovering plays a key role around the TV unit; its adds texture and rhythm. The trend in the past few years for contemporary spaces, have been very monochromatic, using a lot of greys and having furniture and accessories with very simple, straight lines. But that can make interiors feel sterile. So if using a grey and taupe color palette, as we did in this Miami remodeling project, and because IKEA often has very straight lines and smooth surfaces, it is important to play with textures and materials to add life to the spaces!
Our second IKEA hack also has a mix of textures. Here in the pool room we wanted to create more of a moody space, so we used a dark grey wall covering from Eykon. It makes the entire wall feel more masculine. We also chose to use Besta units in the dark finish, to keep it more elegant.
For the upper, thinner, cabinets, we used the taupe doors from Semi Handmade and for the under counter cabinets we asked our carpenter to create custom doors with the same wood veneer he used to create the countertop, floating shelves and vertical partitions.
We kept the same concept of having the wood veneer go all around and conceal any unpleasant nail or junctions. Again you can see how all of the Ikea Besta units are well integrated into the overall carpentry wall.
These two modern IKEA hacks are simple but make an impact, they are a design feature by themselves! We can’t wait to show you more IKEA Hacks inspiration. Stay tuned!