Interview: IKEA
To celebrate our recent partnership with IKEA, we spoke with Sandra Pombo Linares Guerreiro from the Perth team. Sandra works as an Interior Designer for IKEA and is in charge of their latest initiative — the Sustainable Home project. Read on to see how IKEA used Tint in their spaces to promote living a greener life.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the project you undertook?
With the IKEA Sustainable Home project, we want to show our customers how to live a more sustainable life at home. IKEA Perth wants to show solutions, products and small changes in behaviours and home furnishings that can have a positive impact on the environment.

A few good examples are the recycling station, allowing for a neater and organised way of waste sorting; water-saving taps, in particular, the TÄMNAREN kitchen tap with a sensor which automatically turns off after 10 seconds; and the choices of the textiles which helps regulate the room temperature saving on electricity consumption.

In our Sustainable Home, you will find useful tips on how to shift towards a greener lifestyle and discover products that are responsibly sourced or made of recycled materials.

You will also see that all details were carefully planned, from the use of Terracotta tiles to the wallpaper references on Australian native plants, and the use of eco-friendly paint.
What Tints did you choose and how do you usually pick your colours?
At IKEA we like to keep on top of the latest trends, but we also have style groups to help guide our choices and to always have something for every preference.

For our Sustainable Home, we picked an earthy colour scheme to enhance the main message. Our choices were: Fika – a warm light beige as the main colour; Rocky Racoon – a deep warm tan as an accent; and Wild Thing – a dark earthy green to make plants in the room pop with colour.
How did you pair your furnishing with the new walls?
For this project, we ensured that the majority of the products used had an element of sustainability, such as the kitchen fronts with a foil made out of recycled PET bottles, and the BUSKBO chair which features a rattan frame and a cushion made from 100% cotton. As part of the latest trend, Nature is making its way into the interiors, and so it made perfect sense to embrace an earthy look and feel.

In line with the concept of the Sustainable Home, we went with a selection of colours, natural materials and textures that reflects the sustainable message of the home.
What was the painting process like?
Very easy and fun! We were excited to see how the colour was going to accentuate the room, and it turned out great. Tint’s paint consistency makes it so easy to roll on to the surfaces.
Any tip or advice for our readers who love what you’ve done and want to try their hand at it?
We always advise our customers to create a mood board before starting a new project, to help with ideas and narrow down options. We have heard from customers who followed this process and found it to be a less stressful way to achieve their dream solution, and some of them ended up making bolder choices than they would have otherwise. The best advice we can give is to always remember that at the end of the day, space should be the reflection of each person(s) and there is no right or wrong.

We also welcome everyone to IKEA Perth to explore our Sustainable Home for more ideas and inspiration.
What’s your favourite thing about your fresh Tint?
The way the colours complement each other, really helped this project come together not only in look and style, but more importantly, in concept.
Is there any style/vibe that you have noticed or that people ask you about?
At IKEA we always aim to reach many people by providing solutions for all styles and preferences.

We have seen an increase of interest in natural materials, especially responsibly sourced options such as bamboo and rattan. People are becoming more aware of their habits, and so they want to ensure that their choices have a positive impact on the environment.

People are also increasingly looking to bring the outdoors in through a range of indoor plant options, creating a connection to nature and a space that is calm.