Whether you love or loathe IKEA, most of us can agree on one thing: it can be very overwhelming to curate a room with their stuff, mostly due to the fact that there are so many pieces to choose from! Just flip through the 286 pages of their 2020 catalog, offering thousands of options ranging from window treatments and storage baskets to sofas and media centers. Seriously, it can be incredibly difficult to visualize how different pieces of furniture will look together in a room, right?
Well, because the affordable Swedish home goods purveyor always seems to be up on the latest trends and technology, they have tackled this conundrum with their new and improved IKEA Place app—a super fun artificial intelligence experience that allows you to virtually design and curate your living spaces.
Combining augmented reality with artificial intelligence, you can not only place true-to-scale items in different rooms, but get smart home furnishing tips and recommendations on curation, context, and behavior. It also allows you to save items that you are interested in, and offers a “For You” feed, which suggests products you might like.
“Sometimes we all need that little bit of inspiration that sparks new ideas,” says Gerry Rogers, Digital Transformation Leader at Inter IKEA Group. “That’s exactly what we want to achieve with IKEA Place.”
Another cool feature? If you see something you like at another store, you can point your camera at the piece of furniture, and find the most similar IKEA product in an instant.
The updated IKEA Place app is now available on supported iOS Devices (iPhone and iPad). An updated Android version will launch in the near future.
In case you need a little inspiration, here are the newest IKEA items we are dying to see in our home.
Available in a bunch of different colors, these cotton-velvet window treatments will keep the light out while dramatically transforming your room. Even for the pair, they are a fraction of the cost of a single velvet window panel from most other retailers.
You are going to have such a hard time figuring out which room deserves this awesome, multifunctional storage bench. Use it for seating in the dining room or create a window nook. It’s also perfect for the foot of the bed or as a bench in the foyer.
This gorgeous sofa is streamlined enough for a formal living room, but inexpensive enough for a casual space inhabited by kids. The sections can also be combined in a variety of ways, making it bigger or smaller to fit whatever space you have.
These handcrafted armchairs are a great way to add natural texture to a room saturated by wood and leather. The double-sided cushion cover is removable and can be tossed in the wash for convenience.
Oriental rugs work in almost every home, but can cost thousands of dollars. IKEA added a modern twist to the classic style, and will give any floor a luxe update for a little over $100 bucks.