20 Cool Decorating Tricks + Finds from the 2016 IKEA Catalogue

With the new 2016 IKEA catalogue hot off the press, and as tradition holds, it's always fun to find what cool decorating tricks and ideas are hidden within their pages. It always takes a few flip-throughs to catch them all (little nuggets to be uncovered, stylist tricks and ideas to bookmark), here's some finds worth a mention.

1. Trick - Fabric Bed Canopy
Love this fabric idea to create a little cozy and private bedtime nook.  (Fabric - BERTA RUTA).

2. Trick - Adaptable Space
The sofa below becomes the bed (above) at night using adaptable, movable furnishings. (LYCKSELE LOVAS sofa bed).

3. Find - Curtain Rod Set
No trick here, just a cool curtain rod set find.  (SANNOLIKT curtain rod).

4. Trick - Noticeboard Gathering
Create one big notice board out of several small cork boards.  (VAGGIS noticeboard).

5. Double Up
Create a table out of stools by piling them up. (ALSEDA stool)

6. Trick - Create a Washi Tape Backsplash
A clever and low-cost way to personalize a space, using gold tape as a backsplash. We're thinking washi tape as a more temporary solution and not so scary on the paint. (SEKTION/HAGGEBY kitchen)

7. Trick - Kitchen Cabinet Becomes Storage Bench
Make a storage bench to create a cozy banquette in your dining area using kitchen cabinets and comfy cushions on top!

8. Trick - Make Plants Look Taller
Make plants look taller or create more privacy by raising plants on lower tables indoor or out.

9. Trick - Light Up
Put some light on the situation (your closet) to help the confusion of what's black and what's navy.

10. Trick - Open Up
Leave your closet doors open and put them to use to showcase your favorite things.

11. Trick - Make a Faux Closet
Not a new IKEA trick (we've reported this a few years back), but not with shelving in the mix.  Put up floor to ceiling curtains, install shelving and create one side of a room (or nook) into a closet.

12. Trick - Cohesive Storage
Make things look like they were meant to be together (or even one unit) by keeping things the same colour. Different shapes, even series look more cohesive by keeping them in the same hues. Add on as you need.

13. Trick - Make Ceilings Look Higher
Draw the eye up by hanging art up high above doors and shelving.  Just make sure there is something underneath, otherwise it will look super silly.

14. Find - A Nice Home Office Space
Just a nice space to work.

15. Find - Crates
These KNAGGLIG boxes in natural wood make for a great way to hold all kinds of stuff.

16.  Trick - Rug Gathering
Make a big rug out of small rugs by stitching them together.

17. Shower Storage
Create extra storage or a place to dry clothes by adding a shower curtain or two into the shower stall.

18.  Inspiration - Pink Tiles + Graffiti Bathroom
Love this pink tiled bathroom with lipstick graffiti!

19.  Inspiration - Plants Everywhere
Plants make a space happy.

20.  Kitchen Organizer
Stay organized making things also handy with this shelf and caddy bar. Hold things you use often, like utensils or pencils, crayons, and scissors for homework.

Click here to view the IKEA Catalog 2016 (US version).

Jan Halvarson


Janessa said...

I'm so excited for the catalogue! I wish we could buy everything! The balconies look great, and I love the canopy, perfect for kids!

Jan Halvarson said...

Janessa - agree!

Bella B said...

I can't wait for my catalogue to arrive. Great post!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try some of these! They always make it look amazing!

martha brown said...

Re: Trick#4 -- I wish that ikea would make white boards to mix and match with cork boards. I want to do a wall above my desk just like this, but with white board/ magnet boards in there too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me how cool plants can be. I often use an expandable rod in the shower to dry clothes. I also don't have any doors on my bedroom closet by design after remodeling. Maybe one day sheers just tied back at either end (not even enough to actually close the opening) just for effect.