Shibori has been trending in home decor and fashion for some time now. I recently attended a traditional handicraft workshop at the Shibori Museum in Kyoto. You can read all about the ancient technique of Shibori here.
Shibori has gained so much popularity in fashion and in home decor, owing a lot a current trend looking back at the 70s in home decor. There are many versions of tie dye that are not that well done so I thought I would share some great examples that would look good in any space. The key to making it look sharp is restraint. A little goes a long way in my opinion, and I prefer the crisp intricate designs over poorly executed muddy versions.
Here is a great example of use of shibori accents used in an interior be Amber Interiors.
Here’s another from Amber Interiors. Notice how far just a little bit goes. I think that using it with restraint is key to using it successfully. It pairs well with natural or greyed wood tones, wicker, cane, and anything beachy with white-washed walls. It doesn’t look out of place at all when mixed with a red or blue based oriental carpet. have a look at my blog post about 3 looks for one red sofa and see how beautifully blue and white pairs with an oriental carpet.
Another beautiful relaxed space is shown below. Notice the light wood tones and beachy vibe. Indigo looks great with tan or cognac leather since orange is blue’s colour complement. This room below from Collected Interiors is a great example of how when used with restraint, it can be quite stylish.
Of course, one of my favourite’s is our Balmy Beach project. The shibori inspired fabric we used on their oversized sectional made a big statement in their beachfront lounge.
If you love indigo, shibori is a great way to use this vibrant hue it is traditionally done in. It is gorgeous set off against an indigo wall like below. No shibori was used but you can picture it working well here.
Another great pairing with indigo is copper. Bright Bazaar has an entire article on decorating with indigo here where you will see some copper accents pop up.
Shibori has gained popularity again with many colourful interpretations but this classic indigo and white is still my favourite. So what relevance does it have for design? Shibori is a hot trend in home decor. Take a look at this lovely Airbnb and see how they have used this in their beachy aesthetic.
Look how pretty it looks with a mix of blue and white patterns.
Here’s the best part. If you’ve read this far, you must be as much of a fan as I am. I have done some digging and found some great items that you can order for your home. Just use the left and right arrows to scroll through. You can order them directly by clicking on any image you see.
Firstly, I found some really pretty bedding options that would add a well-travelled eclectic note to a bedroom. Click the left and right arrows to scroll through and see the lovely pieces I found. You can click on any image to order what you see here.
…some pillows if you just want an accent or two – again, scroll left or right to see more and click on the image to order anything.
…and I found some more contemporary examples that would add a great graphic note to any room.
Some furniture pieces – just click through on any image…
Lamps and lamp shades… what fun!
Dishes! Clearly these were technically not tie dyed but the pattern was still influenced by the shibori technique. What fun!
…and lastly, wallpaper!
*** My standard disclaimer: Please note, some of these items may be offered through affiliate links which means I could get a small commission if you order. That will never influence what I find lovely and want to share with you. I always offer suggestions I would buy for my home or recommend to a client. Also, rest assured it won’t affect the price you would otherwise pay.