You know how they say that fashion and homewares trends are on a cycle (going away and then returning years later)? Well, Shibori first hit about 4000 years ago, so it’s safe to say that it’s ready for a comeback, right?
I’m so happy to see this trend on the rise. In fact, when I spoke with Temple & Webster recently, about the trends they’re seeing their customers go gaga over, Shibori was the front runner (read more on that here). Paint Place’s 2015 trend forecast also named it as a style to watch, so I’m really glad that people are getting on board with the vibrancy this trend can bring to a home.
Shibori itself is a cloth-dyeing technique that started in Japan a long, long time ago. The main colour used to dye the fabrics was indigo (my fave hue next to teal), but later on some darker greys tones were utilised too. In more recent times, the term has been used to describe an entire look/theme for a space, which I’ll expand on below.
How to Rock the Shibori Look
This look is super versatile and works well in both a light or dark interior palette.
For the light-lovers (think Scandi, Coastal or Hamptons), it’s super easy to add in Shibori’s focal tone, indigo. It plays so well against a white backdrop and comes to life when paired with light oak and blonde timbers.
Add in some grey tones to round off the colour story and don’t be afraid to display more fabrics in the space, be it framed versions or mounted from dowel. Texture is a great inclusion in this scheme, so white whicker baskets and more seaside inspired finds will still shine here!
For dark-devotees (think Global Traveller, Industrial or Mod Man Cave), Shibori also works well here. A dark brown, leather sofa is the perfect backdrop to drape throws and cushions in Shibori patterns.
Mid to dark-toned wood furniture adorned with white and cream ceramics will make the space feel well-resolved too. Also explore rustic and battered woods and showcase vintage mementos to bring about some history and nostalgia to the space.
Where to Buy Shibori Homewares
It’s so pleasing to see so many stores – both bricks n’ mortar and online – stocking these products. I’ve included a round-up of some of the best below!
Old Grey House runs some awesome workshops out of Melbourne. If you fancy giving Shibori dyeing a crack, click here to check out the next session.
Shibori DIY Tutorial
Want to give dyeing a go at home? The awesome blog, Blackbird, has a tutorial that gives you everything you need to know if you’re feeling game. Click here to see it.
>>> Are you loving the Shibori interior scheme? Drop a comment below if you know or any stores that are stocking awesome Shibori homewares – I’d love to check them out!