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Try the New Age Folk trend

01 August 2018

This exciting interiors trend mixes new items with pieces that link to our past. Here’s three ways to get the New Age Folk look in your home…

Our modern lives are becoming increasingly busy so it’s no surprise that when we step into our homes, we like to be reminded of a different age. New Age Folk interiors are greatly inspired by rich, traditional cultures and designs from the 18th and 19th century.  This is an interior style with personal expression at its heart. But there is a new edge to it with bold, Scandinavian modernity as well as touches of folk tradition. Here’s how to make the look work in your home, combining new items with pieces that nod back to the past to create a space you’ll love to come home to.

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A touch of tradition

Pile up cushions and other soft fabrics that are packed full of cultural detail and bold patterns. They may not be antiques, but these products take inspiration from folk tradition. The colours create a warm and cosy mood in any living area.

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Be unique

The New Age Folk look is also about being quirky and playful. These one-of-a-kind buys from the FÖREMÅL range represent the vitality and uniqueness found in the trend. Designed by Per B Sundberg, these candlesticks are a home accessory you can treasure and hand down from generation to generation.

Show them off

The display of treasured pieces is at the heart of the New Age Folk trend. This glass door cabinet is full of handcrafted character and lets you display your old and new cherished objects while keeping them protected and dust-free. Rearrange your items frequently to keep your look fresh.

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Image of Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland

“Inviting this trend into your home will transform your interiors into an endless source of inspiration, thanks to the meaningful and decorative motifs of folk culture.”

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader, IKEA UK and Ireland

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IKEA FÖREMÅL candlestick, set of 2


IKEA FÖREMÅL cushion Cotton velvet gives depth to the colour and softness to the touch.


IKEA FÖREMÅL cushion Cotton velvet gives depth to the colour and softness to the touch.



Bed frame


Standard Double

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IKEA FÖREMÅL rug, low pile


IKEA STOCKSUND bench The cover is easy to keep clean as it is removable and can be machine washed.



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IKEA FÖREMÅL plant pot Waterproof because it has been treated on the inside.


IKEA GRÖNADAL rocking-chair Made from rattan and ash, natural materials that age with grace.


IKEA SKOLD sheepskin Wool is soil-repellent and hard-wearing.


IKEA FRANSINE cushion cover The zipper makes the cover easy to remove.




IKEA KOLDBY cow hide The cowhide is naturally durable and will last for many years.




IKEA NORRHASSEL picture Motif created by Dmitry Ageev.


IKEA BURVIK side table The clear-lacquered surface is easy to wipe clean and is stain resistant.

Side table


38 cm

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IKEA FEJKA artificial potted plant