Usually when my husband wants me to accompany him to the IKEA store, I groan inwardly, knowing I will be there for hours, wandering aimlessly. I am not much of an “interior decorator,” more like an “inferior” decorator, so aside from bright colors, interesting furniture, unique lights, looking at frames for artwork … Wait, I guess I really do like going there after all. Anyway, I was bribed today with the promise of coffee and breakfast or a snack, so I went willingly.
There are actually a lot of interesting things to look at in an IKEA store, and I entertained myself as we walked around by shooting some photos. I do this for practice because I try to learn how to use light, and shoot what I think are interesting images, so in a way it’s an educational trip.
So, here are some of the photos. See what you think!
In the dining area, the glass is tinted enough so it gives the impression that it’s cloudy outside. So, even though it’s 105°F. and glaring white-hot sun, I can make myself believe that it’s a cloudy, cool, maybe even rainy day out there while I enjoy my coffee and think I am cozy inside. You can see part of the “IKEA” sign through the window on the outside of the building behind the light.
Next, we went through the pillows department:
I love this textured blanket and I want one, but alas, I could not get everything I wanted today!
Bright colors make almost anything attractive:
We spent a lot of time in the light/light fixtures department. There were many unique items here!
On to other things:
Fluorescent light can sometimes make things look weird, but I kept this photo and made it black and white because I liked the pattern from the ceiling reflected in the mirrors:
The asymetry of this display was bugging me:
As we headed out, there were more colorful things:
And, something you will not see anywhere else:
Finally, we visited the bargain room. There were somewhat ordinary things like this:
At the back of the room, on a dusty shelf, I found these guys:
They were so cool, I couldn’t leave without them. Plus, as I moved them around, they clung desperately to each other so I couldn’t buy one without the other. Besides, one was missing a foot and it would have been cruel to leave him behind. I used the flash to shoot this vaguely creepy photo of him celebrating:
They are now hanging out on either side of this computer, peering at the screen, and I think they are relieved and content.
So, we left with a cart full of cool stuff that didn’t cost too much for all the use and entertainment we will get out of everything. My trip to IKEA turned out to be really fun, and I hope you liked it, too!