Is IKEA's simple Scandi aesthetic a thing of the past? Their 2023 collection is bolder and more creative than ever...

IKEA's latest collection embraces playful patterns, modern macrame, and Art-Deco influences. Is this the end of their Scandi cool aesthetic?

A mother of pearl effect vase on a side table
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For years IKEA has been synonymous with the soft, Scandi interior that we all know and love, but this month they've released a new range of decor items that signify a marked departure from the Swedish powerhouse's traditional aesthetic. 

Their latest collection embraces playful patterns, color and ornate Art-Deco influences, and it's everything we hoped 2023's interior design trends would deliver. Is it a sign that minimalism, neutrals, and simple lines are now a thing of the past for the iconic brand? 

The last few years have been all about cultivating our homes into wellness sanctuaries that ooze comfort and coziness. Now we're ready to shake things up, and it seems even IKEA is prepared to wave tradition goodbye with their headline new pieces for 2023. If you're ready to inject some new life into your space, these latest items are a good place to start. 

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Lilith Hudson

Lilith is an expert at following news and trends across the world of interior design. A personal fan of the Scandi-inspired interior, her job entails keeping up with everything there is to know about the Swedish powerhouse IKEA. Here she explores their latest collection...

What's new at IKEA for 2023?

The jury is still out on whether IKEA is making a definite move away from their Scandi-cool aesthetic, but we all know their staple minimalist furniture won't be going away any time soon. In the meantime, we'll be mixing up the wonderful every day with a few of these statement pieces.

In reality, IKEA is one brand that's never been afraid to innovate, so it's no surprise we're seeing new and exciting products added to its roster of Scandi-style home decor favorites. Interesting colors, materials, shapes and even craft processes are what you can expect from IKEA this year, if this first raft of new products is to go by. 

Here are some of our favorite new pieces. 

Iridescent color

A side table with a mother of pearl curved glass vase

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While they might be trying a new look, some things from IKEA never change. If there's one thing you can rely on the brand for, it's a certain timeless quality.

Never has that rang more true than with their vases. If you're looking to move away from matte ceramics, the new mother-of-pearl RÄFFELBJÖRK vase with its elegant Art Deco curves is the perfect way to add a subtle hint of color to your sideboard or credenza. 

Designed by Lisa Hilland, the glass vase is inspired by rainbows, and its shimmering finish promises to cast beautiful displays of light across your space, be it the bedroom or living room

Deco lighting 

A side table with an art deco style table lamp with frosted glass

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Continuing the Deco theme is the stylish and chic PILBLIXT table lamp. Inspired by traditional lanterns, this frosted glass and brass-effect lamp can be assembled in two different styles to best suit your taste, with the frosted shade either sitting above or below the decorative glass. 

Its detailed shape and luxe feel are a long way from the simple FADO globe that was so popular last year. We suggest pairing with contemporary furniture and retro velvet accents to master this year's transitional style trend. 

Bold prints 

A bed with palm patterned bedding and an orange cushion with a leopard design

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Patterns will never truly go out of style, but IKEA's new audacious prints are a playful take that makes traditional patterns feel modern. There are several bright, bold, and colorful textiles to introduce new life to your home such as the NÄBBSPINNARE cushion cover which features a leopard on a yellow background on one side and bees on a pale blue base on the other, and the similarly interchangeable ÄNGLATRUMPET bed linen with a palm tree pattern and golden stripes. 

Designer Lisa Bengtsson says the designs were all about bringing a contemporary twist to nature-inspired looks. 'My patterns are often a collage of different animals that become their own fantastical beings in the end,' she says. 'The patterns may seem very different, but they are all on the same side of the color scale, making them easy to match.'

Macrame wallhangings 

A wall with a blue and white macramé wall hanging

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If you're not ready to bid farewell to the softer textures you're familiar with from IKEA, they've also introduced a few decorative macrame pieces for a more delicate boho look. If you're a fan of modern rustic decor, the ENERGISKOG mirror and the  HÄNGALM hanging tapestry add the warmth and softness to your space that you're probably craving this time of year. 

'During the pandemic a crafting and DIY movement started,' explain designers Paulin Machado and Luna Gil. 'We wanted to honor that by creating some modern wall hangings using techniques such as macrame and hand weaving.' 

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Color & Trends Editor

Lilith Hudson is the Color & Trends Editor at Livingetc. Writing news, features, and explainers for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. Lilith discovered a love for lifestyle journalism during her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham where she spent more time writing for her student magazine than she did studying. After graduating, she decided to take things a step further and now holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.