Shibori is one of those organic, handmade patterns that is full of life, energy, and movement. I think that's the reason I'm always attracted to it. The deep indigo tones almost act as a neutral and can be used in so many vignettes throughout a home. This week, we're exploring which prints and patterns work best alongside this popular textile; here are six clever ways to incorporate shibori...
Using shibori bedding seems like a bit of a commitment, but paired with neutrals and natural materials, like woven and wood pieces, it really makes a subdued statement. Monochromatic bedding always adds layers and depth; I love the way the blue and white floral chinoiserie cushions pair perfectly with the indigo.
Speaking of pillows, a throw pillow is the absolute easiest way to incorporate this pattern into your home! I prefer to switch neutral throw pillows from fall and winter for shibori ones during the spring and summer months. It adds vibrance and interest that is seasonally appropriate (and less commitment).
Paired with another handmade fabric- mud cloth, and linen with silver nailhead details, the above image is the perfect example of a balanced and tailored vignette.
Perhaps you have the perfect pair of vintage chairs just waiting to be reupholstered... this modern textile compliments the traditional wood frame perfectly! The unexpected orange grasscloth wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop for the shibori chairs. A classic persian rug grounds the look. The notion of old meets new is one of my favorite recurring design tricks!
If you're brave enough to wallpaper, the end result would be well worth it! How amazing is this shibori and marble powder room? I love the simplicity of the indigo pattern on the walls, meeting the calacatta marble and brass fixtures.
As a textiles junkie, I took a shibori course in college and absolutely loved it! It's the process of folding, tying, binding, and stitching fabric to create a resist. The fabric is then dipped into a vat of indigo, once it's rinsed and unbound, the gorgeous patterns are revealed. The above look is one that you could certainly replicate, if you're up for a DIY!
The pillowcases have been folded around a triangle or square woodblock and dunked into the indigo vat.... that's all there is to it. Paired with yellow and black lacquered tone-on-tone artwork, this look displays simplistic and modern design.
Last, but not least... if you're looking to bring a little fun to your formal dining room, update your area rug. It's the best way to transform a space with minimal effort. I love how the playful large scale shibori on the floor compliments organic drapery, high gloss modern chairs, and a very traditional dining table. This curated space is anything but boring!
This Japanese art form looks stunning when styled accordingly. Would you go for a bold statement- like the wallpaper or area rug... or do you prefer less commitment, like a throw pillow? xo, –Sarah