10 Design Ideas to Steal from the New IKEA Catalog

10 Design Ideas to Steal from the New IKEA Catalog

Janel Laban
Jul 27, 2009

Aaron did a great post earlier today on the brand new IKEA 2010 catalog, and as fun as it is to see the new items, we love to see the new room set-ups even more. Nobody does IKEA as well as the catalog stylists and this years book is no exception - it's full of clever ideas that are do-able with or without the IKEA pieces...

First row, left to right:

1. Do a section of a wall with hanging bookshelves - in this example, the shelving functions as somewhat of a replacement for artwork, still looking visually interesting while providing storage.

2. A wall of black shiny (kitchen) cabinets make for an elegant storage solution in the living room.

3. Create a entry way "closet" where there isn't one - this selection of hooks, shelves and very shallow cabinets uses barely any floor space and makes good use of a wall where a piece of traditional furniture wouldn't fit.

4. Use extra long storage bars to help organize a craft area - hang baskets for sewing supplies, fabrics, even framed artwork.

5. How about a totally red on red on red on red room? Mix varying shades of one color to create a unique design statement.

Bottom Row, left to right:

6. Break up the hard edge of a door frame (and decorate what is usually blank space) with a collection of postcards and prints all the way around.

7. Go neutral with everything in the room except a single statement piece (or maybe two). This room is all about quiet neutrals, except for the colorful sofa and pop of red in the artwork.

8. Extend storage shelves up and over a door frame for extra storage and bit more of a built-in feel.

9. Hang dark wood cabinets on an even darker wall and accent with small spotlights lights for a very UN-kitchen-y looking cabinet installation.

10. Go for an eclectic mix of chairs around your dining table - this example shows how much more interesting the room looks with a varied combination of upholstered and wicker chairs.


  • The New IKEA 2010 Catalog!

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