The IKEA 2016 Catalog: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing

The IKEA 2016 Catalog: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing

Janel Laban
May 1, 2016
(Image credit: IKEA, text added by Apartment Therapy)

Today's the day! The 2016 IKEA catalog is being officially launched here in NYC, which means your copy should be winging its way to you soon (and is already online). My favorite part of this annual design ritual is cracking it open for the first time to see what steal-worthy ideas the always creative IKEA stylists have come up with for the product shoots. I got an advance paper copy a few days early, so the trusty scanner got a workout and I've included some fun ideas below. Until you scoop up your own 2016 catalog, please enjoy this sneak peek of photos and ideas to tide you over...

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

I love how something as simple as installing a shelf that continues the top line of the Billys elevates this whole room. It encloses the door frame which adds architectural interest, makes the free-standing bookcases feel so much more built-in, and provides a good spot for a decorative vignette - or for those of you who have the same book "problem" I do, even more storage!

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scans/Apartment Therapy)

Take an inexpensive bulletin board and multiply by 6 (or 8! or 10!) to make a true style statement in a home office or kids room. The grid format looks great, it adds texture to the space and you'll never have a limit on your inspiration board real estate again. This example works especially well due to the limited color palette of the board's contents - worth a try if you are going for more of an art installation look, but even a jumble of real-life things to remember would look great on the grid.

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

Gaining a ton of extra storage in a small space is always tempting. Even if it's fairly shallow, a design like this, based off of basic closet organizer system components and hidden (when desired) behind a wall of drapery is definitely worth the install. Adding in the dose of color and pattern on some of the drapes and as a backdrop to the whole thing takes it over the top to a personal, memorable design statement.

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

A super fast, fun and rental-friendly kitchen design upgrade idea: stripes of metallic tape run along the backsplash right over the fridge. A little modern bling that is easy to remove when you move!

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

A smart way to add function to a super small space dining area: float a hang rail under a wall hung shelf to provide a ton of (attractive) open storage. You could do as IKEA suggests here, and store utensils and the like in it OR you could keep office or craft supplies in it to create a super compact yet double-duty dining/workspace.

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

A modular-style kitchen gets warmed up by a simple material: the inexpensive wooden backboard adds a ton of texture and color to an industrial-style space. It looks so fantastic next to the now-very-common stainless steel fridge - maybe a possibility (if properly sealed) for backsplashes?

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

After years of being somewhat forgotten/out of fashion, the curio cabinet just might make a comeback. Using a light, glass fronted cabinet (especially with the addition of interior lighting) as a home bar (or to hold more traditional decor treasures) in your living or dining area is a fresher update on the classic dark wood curio cabinet or hutch. This one, in the pale tone against a deep color looks especially contemporary and would be perfect for showing off cocktail components!

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

Define an an entry way area that is made up of separate storage pieces with a bold color block to help unify the space. The floor-to-ceiling gray stripe here makes the low console/bench and the wall hung boxes feel like a single functional piece and sets it apart. It's a good visual concept to keep in mind as a possible solution for defining an entry area in a home where your front door opens up into a wide open room.

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

Here is a similar paint idea used as a horizontal color stripe. It runs all the way across this family bedroom at a height that hits just above the top of all the separate pieces, pulling them together. I like how the color of the stripe changes at the very end to pink to help define the baby area.

(Image credit: IKEA 2016 catalog scan/Apartment Therapy)

Such a smart alternative for kitchen storage! Here, instead of a narrow lower cabinet, an open space is left in the design and replaced with an easy access metal rolling cart (yes, the one everyone loves!). I haven't seen this concept of leaving space below the kitchen countertop used very often and in this case, it's a great solution for getting at EVERYTHING stored next to the stove, without a hassle.

I'm heading to the press preview today, so check us out (and follow us!) on Instagram throughout the day for pics from the event and we'll have more from the catalog tomorrow...

PS - The catalog is now online - enjoy!

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