Getting the new IKEA catalog in the mail is like when I would get the Sears Wish Book in the mail when I was a kid.
And it was in these dream houses in the new catalog where some fun design ideas are shown.
Sure, anybody can buy a “Sandbacka red” Stockholm sofa, plop it down in the middle of their living room and call themselves avant-garde, but more than that, I like seeing how IKEA uses its furniture and items in its arrangements.
Here are some ideas that stuck out to me.
Work lamps in non-work spaces
Desk lights and smaller lamps kept popping up on top of shelves and bookcases — in places where you wouldn’t expect needing this bit of light.
But I like it. I think it adds a sense of closeness and intimacy.
Chair mix up
IKEA is not the first one to think of this idea — or really any of these ideas — but especially when mixing up chairs around dining tables, the minimalist IKEA seats just look too darn pretty.
Fun with fabric
I was thrilled when I first realized that IKEA also sells some of its fabric by the yard.
If only I had a bottomless wallet with which to buy it all.
But perhaps with their fabric more than anything the possibilities are endless.
For example, you could use it as removable wallpaper. (Apartment Therapy has an especially good tutorial on how to do this using fabric starch.)
Hang a panel behind a bed.
Or hang it over a bed.
I also love the idea of hanging clipboards on a wall. I do this in my office, and it’s especially helpful when you want to have several pieces of paper at arm’s length but don’t have room for a bulletin board.
Use curtains to create a nook around a sofa or loveseat.
Use tiles in the kitchen as a make-shift whiteboard.
I want IKEA to open a store in Louisville so I can transport myself inside one of these Scandinavian, sun-filled, perfectly stylized abodes.
But until then — and until I can make the two-hour trek to the closest IKEA and until I get lots of money to buy all the things — I’ll have to take some cues from the catalog and fill in the gaps.
Have you seen anything in the catalog you’re hoping to make work in your home?
These photos are used with IKEA’s permission. IKEA is not paying me for this post. All opinions are 100 percent mine.
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