Whether you care to admit it or not, IKEA furniture remains a staple in our adult homeware endeavors. When you move home or even attempt an interior update of your own, at least one trip to the blue and yellow superstore is always somewhere on the agenda. It's better to accept it now than when you're reluctantly trudging through the fifth show lounge pretending not to want to buy everything in sight.
Admittedly, we tend to rely on the Swedish empire for the basics - the Billy bookcase, the white cubic shelves and the Renz sheepskin rug are all celebrated staples in the photo-ready interior game. But what you might be surprised to hear is that there's much more to the IKEA haul on the horizon. IKEA's Autumn/Winter 2018 look book has finally arrived and we've scoured the collection to spot the key interior trends to keep an eye on over the coming months.
If, like us, you often find yourself buried hours deep into an Instagram click-hole, desperately trying to trace homeware inspiration back to it's original (and affordable) source to try and recreate yourself, don't fret. Allow us to reveal that old trusty-faithful IKEA is as good a starting point as any. The art is just picking the right 'of the moment' things.
And you'll be pleased to know there's no need to upcycle your budget purchases this time around. Put down the contact paper and metalic gold spray paint, my friends. Here are the trends and items we think the interior influencers will be tapping into next season.
The Statement Arm Chair
No living room or bedroom will be complete without a bold, inviting statement chair. We've drawn inspiration from IKEA's new Rich Pigment range which uses rich tones to add a touch of decadence to your home, but you'll spot the 'cool chair' trend emerging across social media already and if there's one investment homeware item to buy for the season, it's one of these.
STRANDMON, wing char, £199
YPPERLIG, cushion cover, £5
GRÖNADAL, rocking-chair, £150
Prints, Patterns & Pillows
We're not here for minimalism at this point in time. Monochrome was fun but this season we're mixing and matching bold, eye catching prints to breath new life into our living spaces. Like the look? This one comes from IKEA's New Age Folk range offering loads of opportunities to play with different textures in your soft furnishings.
FRANSINE, cushion cover, £10
JOHANNE, cushion cover, £9.50
JOHANNE, throw, £25
TJENA, storage box with lid, £2.25
Houseplants will always be 'in'. But another trend has made it over from our friends in Scandinavia and it's all in the plant arrangement. Whether you opt for an indoor trellis a la the Bold Sustainability range or revive the updated Billy Bookcase with some cascading foliage, plant power is on the up. Literally.
HOWEA FORSTERIANA, potted plant, £40
FEJKA, artifical plotted plant, £6
HEDERA HELIX, potted plant, £3
INDUSTRIELL, vase, £18
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We all say that we're over it, but millennial pink really does look good on camera, doesn't it? Restaurant Ours compliments the Insta-popular colour with an equally as trendy palm print from wall to ceiling, and we're big fans of those gold sinks, too.
Have you ever been for a wee in a pod? Because Sketch's egg-loos can offer you that experience. Forget those shabby stalls with un-lockable doors, relieve yourself sci-fi style these bright white personal pods. And every Instagram feed could do with photo of a rainbow tiled ceiling.
With a name like 'Palm Vaults' the independent café's bathroom's focal point for decorative inspo came as no surprise. You'll find more beautiful palm prints in the wider venue that'll act as the perfect backdrop to your sneaky mid-evening selfies, too. And yes, there's that millennial pink tile action again.
Floors are a big deal in the Instagram world. Have a quick scan of the miles and miles of scroll material under the #FromWhereIStand and the @IHaveThisThingWithFloors account. And though The Ned's black and white tiles are relatively minimal, we're into how they compliment the marble sink counters and dusty peach (not quite millennial pink) walls.
It seems bird taps have emerged as a cool bathroom micro-trend. Park Chinois's decadent set up is a lot to take in, in the best possible way. The moody lighting might not be the easiest to photograph, but with a good camera, a little patience and a forgiving queue behind you, your friends are in for an Instagram treat.
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