IKEA's SS22 collection exhibits a maximalist twist on Scandi-minimalism

Your new (unlikely) source of Cluttercore inspiration comes courtesy of the minimalist powerhouse

IKEA's SS22 collection
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IKEA has revealed their Spring/Summer 2022 lookbook – and it breaks all Scandi-cool conceptions. 

The decor chain, which is instantly associated with minimalism, has reinvented its persona for 2022 – and the first step of the transformation came in the shape of Cluttercore

Cluttercore, the interior design trend that began its domination of the interiors industry last year, shows no signs of slowing down. The controversial style that first originated on TikTok involves filling your scheme with 'curated' pieces of 'clutter' – giving the space a maximalist aesthetic that overflows with audacious colors, patterns, textures, and accessories. 

IKEA's SS22 collection

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The trend has already divided designers, who either love or loathe its maximalist aesthetic – but IKEA's SS22 collection marks the label's (unlikely) place in the Cluttercore fan club. So, what can you expect from the shift? And what more does the sunny season hold? 

From new IKEA hack canvases to urban garden furniture, the future looks colorful, cluttered, and bright.

IKEA's Spring/Summer 2022 collection  

IKEA's SS22 collection

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The interiors chain may have transformed themselves in terms of maximalism, but some elements endure. The collection pays homage to multifunctionality – a feature that defines the brand's versatile icons – from the BILLY to the KALLAX. 

In a nod to multifunctionality, the SS22 collection encourages you to 'embrace what [you] already have in the home' whilst 'incorporating a few new items that will spruce it up for the season ahead.' This is where Curated Cluttercore comes in. 

'To invoke the curated cluttercore trend and repurpose, store, and show off your items with flair, incorporate clashing tones, rich and textured materials with contrasting structures to provide a feeling of richness within the home,' explains Clotilde Passalacqua, the Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK and Ireland. 

IKEA's SS22 collection

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The designer recommends pairing the 'soft edges of the BÖJA (opens in new tab) table lamp in nickel-plated/bamboo with the structured design of the LUBBAN (opens in new tab) trolley table' that should be stacked with meaningful clutter. 

Clotilde also recommends pairing the LEIKNY (opens in new tab) cushion cover and KRANSBORRE (opens in new tab) cushion to fill your living room ideas with unrivaled color. 'Think burnt orange with pops of ocean blue alongside delicate floral tones including pinks and blushes,' she says. 

IKEA's SS22 collection

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'There really is endless inspiration to celebrate the looks you love, combining new and old items to create a space that is uniquely yours.'

This is the modern decor idea we never saw coming – but we're so glad it has arrived.

Megan Slack
News Writer

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA. 


Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.