7 Rooms in the 2021 IKEA Catalog That Bring the Calming Vibes You Need Right Now

updated Oct 23, 2020
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Bedroom with wicker pendant and yellow bedspread
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IKEA recently released their 2021 catalog, and as this year’s edition marks its 70th birthday, the Swedish furniture company has created a handbook “for a better everyday life at home”—fitting, as many people are spending an unprecedented time on their own. While 2020’s catalog was a celebration of bold, beautiful colors, this year’s pages feature more neutral color palettes delivering a much-needed calmness. Here are our favorite neutral-toned spreads to add to your inspiration file, plus the products to help you get the look.  

Earth tones dominate this bedroom photographed above, which is designed with sustainability in mind. The light yellow duvet cover and pillowcases are made of 100 percent linen (a durable, renewable fiber) and the gray rug is made from recycled cotton. IKEA notes that by the end of 2020, they aim for all their wood to come from more sustainable sources, including FSC-certified and recycled wood.

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This small bedroom designed for two sisters features subtle pops of color, from the toys and books to the grey carpet that doubles as a hopscotch game. The soothing palette is the perfect backdrop for make-believe games and imagination.

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Natural sunlight and indoor plants lend a warm feel to this minimalist bedroom, with underbed storage boxes used to help keep clutter at a minimum. We can definitely picture ourselves cuddled up in this bed with a book and cup of tea on a lazy weekend.

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This office setup gives the much-needed calming vibes that are necessary when working from home, thanks to the white shelves, beige chair, and sunlight streaming through the window. This layout makes smart use of a corner space without taking up extra room with a bulky desk, plus the additional shelves hung higher up offer additional space for storing supplies or displaying decorative items.

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Natural wood counters are a soft counterpoint to the stainless steel drawers featured in this dreamy kitchen, with the added bonus of offering the perfect backdrop for photographing your home cooking creations. Durable wall-hung shelves keep ingredients and cookware organized and easy to grab and put away. 

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The white, oatmeal, and black color palette of this living room, combined with natural wood, bamboo, and rattan accents, has a welcoming feel that’s effortlessly stylish at the same time. The beige sofa looks perfect for lounging while catching up on your favorite Netflix show.

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Neutral colored furnishings—like this pine bunk bed frame—balance out the bold mix of patterns used throughout this bedroom and keep it from feeling too busy.