We are fully into Stage 3 of New IKEA Catalogitis: In which we have completed our initial obsession (Stage 1) and circled all the things we want (Stage 2). We're now going back to dissect all the trends we can see in the pages of the 2020 catalog, and there are some major moments to bookmark for any future room makeovers.
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1. Dominant Color Trends: Greens, Dusty Pinks, and Mustard Yellows
Unlike seasons of IKEA catalogs past, 2020 is a symphony of color. Three colors stood out to us: Green (in many varieties including dusty sages, seafoam, emerald, and mint), pink (in rich and dusty hues), and mustard yellow.
2. Brass Kitchens
Looks like IKEA has taken the brass-in-the-kitchen trend one step beyond cabinet detailing, by showing off walls entirely done in brass. Loving it.
3. Black Doors
Black doors have been a great idea for the past few years, and IKEA proves that it's something to keep in mind even now.
4. Loud Eclecticism
Many of the setups in the catalog mix up multiple styles, colors, and patterns in ways that almost feel messy.
5. Black Kitchens
Okay, here's one we didn't see coming. Are black kitchens the new navy kitchen?
6. Earthy Maximalism
As far as overall styles/looks goes, it seems that IKEA's strategy this year is to mix two (or more) aesthetics together. The catalog includes many earthy tones and textures, but instead of doing the expected minimalist thing with those elements, they packed spaces full of stuff.
7. Color Blocking: Take #1
Color blocking has been big for paint this past year. IKEA showed us multiple color blocked rooms and they had many takes on how to do it. This first one inspires us to paint a wall and ceiling in the same shade, and contrast with another hue on an adjacent wall.
8. Color Blocking: Take #2
If you are confident in your paint skills, you could try this riskier color blocking move: creating a rectangle inset of color that covers two walls.
9. Monochromatic Schemes
Whether it was in more neutral hues or pops of color, the Swedes offered so many ways to play the same color family in a room.
10. Unfinished Paint Jobs
Here's one we haven't really seen before: Try painting a contrasting color halfway up a wall, but leave it purposefully unfinished.
11. Grouping Pendants of Different Shapes
Want to create some visual intrigue over a dining table? Try creating a group of pendants of different shapes, placing them all at different levels.
12. Bold and Moody Bedrooms
Deep and rich hues were all over the new catalog — but we loved them the most in the bedroom setups.
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