CB2 easily offers one of the more fun and daring home design experiences, especially in the retail space. While CB2 is a sizeable brand beneath the Crate & Barrel company umbrella, their collections are still relatively unique. They partner with cool indie designers and artists, offering pieces that are hard to find. You can find yourself in two homes furnished almost entirely by CB2 and they'll look nothing alike, it's quite remarkable.
My most favorite piece from CB2 has a home on the prominent wall in my living room. It's a large painting of six adorable llamas and every time I have guests over I end up swimming in compliments. I tracked down the artist and ordered three more paintings from her collection, direct, because I couldn't find them anywhere else. This is the sort of experience CB2 lovers share, not only outfitting our spaces with seriously fun decor but also connecting to those pieces on a deeper level.
As a brand, their design aesthetic is fresh, often minimal, and makes use of color pallets that compliment any decor. The gratuitous use of gold details and high contrasting tones in their curated pieces makes them look instantly more expensive than they are. This is a characteristic design enthusiast are particularly appreciative of and one that many stores like CB2 offer as well.
I think the design world is in unanimous agreement that expensive items shouldn't look cheap, but it's becoming more of an expectation that inexpensive items can look expensive. The below brands are a mix of all of the above. Like CB2, they all carry modern Scandinavian furniture and beautiful home accessories. Some brands curate inexpensive pieces that easily look expensive, while other brands offer high-end and high-quality pieces that look incredible. Either way, you'll be able to source uniquely designed items that set your home apart.
Compared to CB2, IKEA offers the same sleek Scandinavian furniture designs, but on a greater scale. Traversing any IKEA can be anxiety-inducing solely due to how much stuff they have. From custom closets to modern bed frames, couches, and kitchens they have it all. Still, that works to your advantage. While IKEA is an extremely popular and mainstream home decor brand, your space can still be wholly unique to you. For its affordability and style alone, IKEA should forever be an option you consider.
The cactus decor is available for $15.
Apt2b is a mid-tier modern home decor brand with oodles of really pretty pieces for every room in your home. Their overall design aesthetic is "solids over prints" and "sexy over bland" so CB2 shoppers will definitely fall in love.
The Pasadena Bookshelf is available for $1,698.
3. Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler is the epitome of lavish sinfully good home decor. It's just a fact. CB2 shoppers with a little bit more of a budget to play with will never look back once introduced to this beautiful brand. For your next investment pieces and statement accessories, make Jonathan Adler a destination.
The Mongolian Lamb Bench is available for $1,595.
If you have an eye for quirky interior design or have been struggling to find the perfect piece of furniture for your space, you need to get to know Joybird. It checks all of the boxes for modern minimalist decor while offering multiple ways to customize your pieces to fit your exact design needs.
The Camille Bed is available for $1,448.
Lexmod's collection is quite similar design-wise to CB2, but they carry a lot more. If you love CB2 but have been longing for furniture they don't carry ever or often, check out Lexmod.
The Performance Velvet Bar Stool is available for $234.
2Modern offers a massive inventory of affordable modern contemporary furniture that looks really expensive. It's every interior designer's dream come true.
The Round Dorm is available for $17.
Anthropologie's home collection is a great alternative to CB2 if you gravitate toward a bohemian aesthetic. All of their pieces adhere to a rich Mediterranean color palette and will make extravagant additions to your space.
The Cassie Feather Macrame Pendant is available for $548.
8. Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters is another home decor brand that offers an appealing and affordable boho collection. From Urban Outfitters you'll find many pieces to work into your room from string lights and tapestries to benches, rugs, and bohemian textiles.
The Marisol Coffee Table is available for $179.
9. Dot & Bo
San Francisco home decor brand Dot & Bo carries a little bit of everything that includes every aesthetic. With a little patience, you'll find loads of modern pieces like those at CB2, but for much cheaper.
The Gina Glam Wall Mirror is available for $128.
Horne's collection of sophisticated modern Scandinavian furnishings is too good to ignore and its prices are highly comparable to CB2. If you've been loyal to CB2 for some time, Horne has an extremely high likelihood of stealing you away for good.
The Allison Chair is available for $700.
Modshop's designs are a departure from CB2's signature Scandinavian design aesthetic but their absolutely gorgeous collection needs to be on your radar. There's a real art to cohesively incorporating multiple styles into one space. It further makes your design theme more interesting and unique. Modshop's modern-retro style pieces would make great additions to anything you've collected from CB2.
The Boca Round Dining Table is available for $3,495.