The Swedish brand's annual Home Report highlights the most important aspects of home living

Swedish furniture powerhouse IKEA recently released the third edition of its annual Home Report, a comprehensive study that looks to uncover the things we think we know about the places we call home.

The concept of a home is one that proceeds many others and is in some ways the very genesis of development for the human species. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places shelter at the very bottom of the pyramid, a metaphorical starting point for the phenomenon that are our lives.

“It seems our requirements of our homes can be summed up like this: it has to be comfortable, it has to be safe, and it has to provide familiarity. Relationships, love and belonging have to be balanced with room for privacy, relaxation and recovery. And we like our homes to be personal and express who we are” – IKEA Home Report, 2016

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