By now, you probably know that the Ikea 2018 catalog is in stores and online. The Swedish retailers’s new slogan, Making room for life, is its way of expressing what we all want: to surround ourselves with things we love, whether we live in a tiny house or a mansion.
In Ikea’s world of smart design, inexpensive accessories can make your house look like a million bucks, and clever furnishings come in cool shapes. But I also love how the catalog shows off those irresistible products in settings that inspire us to use our creativity to make it all work together.
One improvement for 2018 is Ikea’s emphasis on sustainability. The company turns recycled plastic, glass, and leather into products we crave. Its Odger chair, Backig dinnerware, and Osternes handles are examples of that commitment.
The new catalog is in U.S. stores now, and the digital version is available online. When you see it, look for these trends:
1. Embrace dark, moody colors.
In this catalog, Ikea shocks by photographing its furnishings against deep green and rich blue walls. It’s a surprising addition to the mostly white and gray palette you might associate with the Ikea, and I like it. Black kitchen cabinets are a trend now, too, and they add serious drama to the busiest room in the house.
2. Accent with light, bright colors.
Brilliant yellow chairs and accessories are like streaks of lightning, illuminating rooms that include them. If the backgrounds are dark, you need something bright for balance. The yellow Koarp armchair looks so bright and comfortable, it could be the focal point of your kid’s playroom or your living room—even if that’s the same room.