Ikea's abiding brilliance stems from its ability to offer stylish and functional furniture and home goods at affordable prices, facilitated by innovative flat-packaging and self-assembly models that keep costs down and give us a challenge (occasionally sweary though it may be) into the bargain. We love a Sunday browse around the warehouse – and these are the pieces that have caught our attention for a spring/summer refresh.

TUMHOLMEN Rocking-Chair, In/Outdoor, White/Multicolour, £45


As we prep our garden for the new season, the Neapolitan ice cream flavours of this rocking chair is getting us in the mood for a dose of sunshine – it’s a bonus that it looks like it could have wandered straight out of a high-end design emporium.

IVAR Cabinet With Doors, Grey-Green Mesh, £180


IKEA is unerring when it comes to keeping us organised thanks to its collection of affordable storage. We love this mesh-fronted cabinet in sage green, whose soft soothing tones offer the perfect lift as move into the fresh new season.

LISABO Table In Ash Veneer, £179

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If you like your furniture to come in simple, unfussy lines, LISABO’s are clean as a whistle. This one would not look out of place at The Conran Shop amidst far more expensive company.

TRETTIOEN Pendant Lamp, £13


Aluminium factory style pendant lamps have long been a go-to for a chic way to light kitchens and bathrooms. Less ubiquitous, however, is such industrial beauty for just £13.

ÅKERNEJLIKA Cushion Cover, £15


Frilled, embroidered, botanical and with stripes on the back: we adore this cushion, which is ideal for lightening up a sofa for spring.

LÄTTHET Hook And Clip, Multicolour, £2.50 (4 Pack)


Ultra-useful and utterly fresh, these lovely hooks are the most cheerful way of hanging everything, from school bags to towels to dishcloths.

VITKLÖVER Duvet Cover And 2 Pillowcases, £25


Check mate! This beautifully simple duvet and pillow set would look dreamy in a New England-style white-washed bedroom.

PERSBOL Armchair, £150


Made from Birch, the PERSBOL armchair is an absolute classic, perfect for curling up in with a book throughout the year – whether by the fire or transported outside to lap up the sun.

BRÖGGAN Throw, Green, £16


We love these cotton muslin throws, which are just the thing for draping over shoulders through early summer evenings when the temperature dips.

SKOGSTA Chair, £60


Ercol eat your heart out. These acacia dining chairs give all the mid-century vibes – minus the attendant price tag.

ALMARÖD Mirror, £99


We love a porthole mirror and this one is unfussy and just right. Use it singly or group it with a collection of other round mirrors for a knock-out effect.

BLANDA MATT Serving Bowl, £12.75


Summer days eating salad under the sun are calling. This salad bowl is classic and timeless – and a fraction of the price of similar styles.

HAMMARÖN Pergola, £319


Long lunches sheltering from the midday sun are in order with this simple and highly effective pergola.

FLISAT Children's Table, £75


IKEA is excellent for its practicality as well as its style. This children’s table doubles as storage, so that little ones may stash their crafting materials away neatly.