I’m feeling inspired today by the colour and pattern combinations Bemz have pulled together for their latest story, Compact Living. I’ve blogged about Bemz last year but this new story inspired me even more than their last. If you’re new to this company let me quickly explain the concept: they offer a range of covers that fit a variety of IKEA furniture so you can personalise pieces to perfectly fit the decorating scheme you are working on. Clever, right? Perhaps it’s because this latest feature focuses on how to use colour and pattern in smaller spaces or maybe it’s because I’m just totally hooked on hue, but either way this combination of bold brights and striking stripes are doing it for me big time today. These covers show how you can introduce both strong hues and pattern into small rooms without it being overbearing – try a pink and white stripe fabric to make a feature out of a couch-meets-daybed solution, or why not cheer up the windows of your rental by knocking up some curtains? (I did this recently and see my curtain DIY, here.) Which Bemz furniture covers do you like best, friends? Have you ever updated IKEA furniture with a favourite fabric?

// Photography by Bemz


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Lovely spaces and fresh colours! Your recent posts inspire me to add some fresh stripes to our decorating scheme! 🙂 The Marimekko cover is really striking, but I think I’d go with solid colour if I’d buy a cover, after all …

    A couple of years ago I recovered an Ikea desk chair I got second hand. You can see the result here:

    It was a really satisfying project and because the desk chair is not that big, it was really quite manageable. I’d like to cover an ottoman some time in the future, I think those cubes of colour and pattern always add so much to a space! 🙂

  2. I can always depend you on for awesome happy color combinations! I love the pink and yellow together.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.