Hello there lovely Buttoneers! If you have followed me from the very beginnings of this blog you may remember a blog post called ‘The Patterns and Designs of IKEA’ from way back when it was all baby steps and the first few blog posts ever to grace this little corner of the blogosphere. Well, I thought it was about time I created an updated version – The Patterns and Colours of IKEA.
I mean I spend enough time roaming the perfectly curated show rooms and love the excitement of filling my big yellow bag in the market hall with my face like the heart eye emoji! (Especially in the paper goods and succulent plant sections! *Swoon*)
What I should have said at the start was “Hello, my name is Rachel and my fiancé and I are IKEA
addicts Enthusiasts!” – Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I still stand by what I said all those years ago (two weeks after I launched this blog to be precise! Wowee!) It is still an excellent day out.
My fiancé and I still book out the whole day to stroll around, grab a coffee, gaze at future kitchen ideas and sit on the sofa that we have had our eye on for probably just as many years, but still can’t quite afford…
We will grab some lunch (meatballs of course!) and then hit the market place and the warehouse and load it all up on the trolley, even though we probably only went for a bookcase or a saucepan or something! Tired and feet aching we head for the car with smiles on our faces and excitement in our future of re-arranging the living room or imagining the crafts I can plan with my new pens or notepads! (That’s if we can fit it all in the car – we’ve had a fair few ‘Oh Dear!’ moments in our time!) We. Love. It!
Just for the record and as kind of a disclaimer: I have NOT been sponsored to write this post, there are no affiliate links, I just really love IKEA! – Phew, that’s that out of the way! (Although if IKEA ever asked…I would be there like a shot! Haha!)
To say that since 2014 when I first wrote the original blog post, we have been to IKEA a ridiculous amount, would still actually be a complete understatement.
We practically lived there when we bought our first house a few years ago and since then even we have been so often that I am surprised the staff don’t know us by name!
We roughly equidistant to the Birmingham, Coventry and Bristol stores so mix it up a bit when we can. Because we have been so often (Seriously – It’s a standing joke with my family!) I was sure that I wouldn’t have many different patterns, designs or colours to photograph. I didn’t expect that much would have changed but I was pleasantly surprised. Of all of the patterns and colours of IKEA that I photographed, none of them were the same as the original blog post – In fact they had completely changed! I looked back and was annoyed at myself that I didn’t buy some of the gorgeous patterned fabric pieces or even those button wall hangings. I guess because we have been so often, the change each time was subtle and we didn’t notice, we just kept finding things to buy! Haha!
So, without further ado…Here is a selection of The Patterns and Colours of IKEA that caught my eye…You can click on each one to see the full photo 😉
Aren’t they all so lovely!? Which are your favourites? The cat print is really cute and I love the multi-coloured textured rug – I might even love the back pattern just as much too! I am obsessed with the greys that have pops of colours, I love the contrasts and compliments of the colours and patterns together too.
I seriously love the bright pinks and oranges and blues that grab your attention and swoon over the coppers and cool metallics.
One of my favourite things about IKEA is being able to stroll around the show rooms and imagine yourself sat in the living rooms, curled up with a good book…Or cooking at the centre console in a spacious kitchen…Or sinking into a squishy mattress in one of their pretty and feminine bedroom ideas…Well, you have to pretend don’t you…
I am obsessed with that kitchen with the sage green tiles and the crisp white cupboards and love the plants in the bright yellow one that hang at different heights! I am actually pretty sure that that yellow wall would look great in my kitchen with our yellow blind and succulent windowsill display that feature a lot on my Instagram feed!
Here are some of my favourite finds and displays in IKEA recently…
Can you believe that I don’t own that button desk top!? How cool is that!? It would go nicely with my IKEA button rug but I fear I would lose my buttons on there and constantly be trying to pick them off thinking they were real! The pink and white walk-in wardrobe show room was a dream come true – Can you imagine having that beautiful storage in your home? I would never leave – Get me a fluffy rug and some scatter cushions and I am there, napping the day away!
I am also pretty sure that amazing leafy restaurant wall would look just as good in my kitchen!
I love the calmness of the yellow and grey room and especially love the lampshades that look like clouds. In the Birmingham store they displayed them with a blue sky background and it was just dreamy…
Just as dreamy are the gorgeous displays of faux flowers. We have a fair few around the house and they add so much bright, happy colour to our rooms (without the worry of under watering them and sending them off to the plant farm in the sky!) Just look at these perfectly pretty peonies and fabulous florals!
Obviously we always have to end the day, after loading the car full of goodies, with a coffee before the journey home 🙂
I think the thing I love most about IKEA is that it gives you just enough design or styling for you to run away with your imagination and picture it all in your own home at the same time as selling a lifestyle to you. You can imagine yourself sat in beautifully designed chairs or sat at perfectly painted crisp white tables. You can imagine yourself cooking in show home style kitchens and hanging your clothes in uniquely self-planned wardrobes. They draw you in and get you hooked and… I love it. Like I said back in my original blog post, all of those years ago…
…it’s the giant blue and yellow box of imagination for big kids!
I am pretty sure most, if not all of the Eliston Button Headquarters is kitted out in Billy Bookcases and Kallax storage units! Not to mention half a dozen Malm chest of drawers dotted around the house – In fact our house could quite easily pass as an IKEA showroom given a dust and a bit of a hoover here and there! Haha!
Do you love IKEA? Have you got any favourite pieces in your home? What was your favourite photo in this blog post? Was it a pattern or a colour or a whole room design?
I would love to hear all about it and share my obsession with other IKEA
Before I go, don’t forget that Number 1 in my Create 30 blog challenge was announced last week! You can check out my Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop via the link and over in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!