If you can't get enough of anything and everything IKEA, you're in good company. The Swedish home goods purveyor is famous for not only staying on-trend, but setting them as well—making the retailer a go-to when you want to switch up your home décor at the start of a new season. IKEA makes designing and redesigning interior spaces a totally attainable task, so no matter your budget, you'll be able to find something to make your space feel fresh and new again.
To help get your home ready for colder weather, we spoke with Abbey Stark, senior interior design leader of IKEA North America, to fill us in on the most important interior design trends of the season.
Meet the Expert
Abbey Stark is the senior interior design leader of IKEA North America and has spent more than 15 years working in the interior design industry.
Below, read on to learn Stark's favorite IKEA picks to revamp your space for the season as chilly weather and cozy nights set in.
Use Bold Colors
Autumn is all about creating a personal and optimistic mood with unexpected and exaggerated color combinations and materials, according to Stark. “Make small but bold updates to refresh your home for the darker months ahead,” she suggests.
While there are oh-so-many bold colors to choose from, Stark suggests taking a cue from the runway with a dose of bold purple. “This color is strong, beautiful, and unexpected in the home,” she explains. Making a visual statement with bold purple doesn’t have to cost you much, either: She suggests tossing a few accent pillows on your sofa or bed. If you want to go big, add a bold purple statement piece like a sofa or chair. “Either choice you will not regret—life is meant to be lived boldly!”
Enjoying a good night of sleep is part of the new wellness regimen, Stark reminds us. “Creating a space of complete comfort is not just a dream, but one that needs to be a reality,” she explains.
A bedroom oasis should include layers of cozy blankets and pillows, a mattress that suits your comfort, black-out curtains to catch up on sleep, and a soothing scent like lavender.
During the darker months, lighting becomes even more important. “Add task, general, and ambient lighting to use for various tasks—from reading in the evening to waking up in the dark mornings,” Stark adds. Consider using smart lighting so you can dim or adapt the light based on different activities (and always have the right light to set various moods).
Make Entertaining Cozy
During the fall, the home becomes a much-needed retreat as well as a place of gathering. Stark suggests creating a cozy atmosphere by layering textiles in a color palette that exudes warmth. For example, toss a throw on an armchair or add extra pillows to your sofa.
“Millennial pink has become a neutral color with layers of texture, tone-on-tone textiles, natural materials, leather, warm wood tones, and velvet,” she explains. “It makes the perfect backdrop for hosting a gathering or a cozy night in—so pull out the bar cart and light the candles!”
Bring the Outdoors In
In the changing season, Stark stresses the importance of bringing the outdoors in. “Greenery promotes wellness and creativity, and can add more life indoors during the darker months,” she says. Consider playing with height and a combination of IKEA's plants for a perfect composition of different textures and variations of greens.
Plants can also be incorporated into shelving units, architectural elements, or hang from the ceiling to add another point of interest. Consider variants like the Golden Pothos that trail beautifully as they grow past the bottom of their pot.
Green paint is one of the biggest trends of the season, and Stark maintains that green is the “it” color for kitchen cabinets. This earthy tone can help you create a kitchen that is ”warm, unique, and traditional with a modern twist,” she recommends. Stark also suggests adding brass and matte black accents to your IKEA cabinets for what she believes is the perfect marriage of contrasting hues.