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Shibori: How to Decorate With This “It” Pattern

Is your home in need of a visual pop? Something to enliven a room or add some extra flair? Whenever we feel like our homes need a little something new to freshen up the vibe, we bring in some new patterns to the space. And one of our favorite patterns and decor trends for warm-weather months is shibori.

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What is Shibori?

As a word, shibori is a verb that means to wring, squeeze, or press—which makes sense when you discover how shibori patterns are created. It’s a Japanese manual dyeing technique that dates back to the 8th century which produces a number of different patterns on fabric. (Though it’s generally thought of as a Japanese dyeing technique, shibori also has a history in Chinese culture.)

Shibori is reminiscent of tie-dye patterns and is most often created with deep indigo dye on crisp white fabrics. There are six main techniques used to create shibori patterns, each of which results in a different style of indigo dye patterning. Some techniques are very reminiscent of how we tie-dye fabrics at home, while others are more involved and are created by folding fabric and clamping it together between two wooden blocks.

Regardless of technique, shibori patterns turn out best when it’s used with strong, durable-but-pliant fabrics like canvas. (But we also see it on cottons and linens as well!) The prints and patterns that are created are usually derived from geometric patterns or shapes. However, because of the way the pattern is created, it takes on an organic, one-of-a-kind design.

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How to Decorate with Shibori

There are so many fun ways to incorporate shibori patterns into your home—from small to large pieces! Today, you’ll see shibori used in a variety of styles and applied to numerous home decor items. This pattern brings an eclectic twist to coastal designs, which we love. But those with more modern styles can also embrace shibori as a way to add a pop of color and print to their space. And it’s a great way to add a bit of global flair to any home!

Scroll down to see some of our stylists’ favorite shibori home decor!

Modern grey sofa with beach artwork and shibori patterned pillows

Shibori Accent Decor

Throw pillows are one of our favorite, easy ways to add shibori home decor to your space. (And a favorite spring decor update since pillows can easily be swapped out. They’re a fun way to add color and pattern to your living room or bedroom without the commitment of keeping those patterns in your space forever. This is also a great way to give shibori a try if you aren’t totally sure it will jive with your space or style!

You can also find shibori patterns applied to other textiles, like curtains, bed linens, poufs, and even rugs! While shibori-patterned rugs aren’t often dyed using the traditional methods, they’re woven in a way that mimics the organic, unique nature of this pattern.

Mid-century living room with blue sofa and rust colored accent chairs

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Shibori Wall Art

Art and wall hangings are another great way to embrace shibori home decor. Antique Curiosities, a brand in the Modsy catalog, has a beautiful collection of framed shibori-dyed fabric that’s beautiful as a piece of solo art or hung in a collection, since each piece has a unique dye pattern! We also have a few tapestries with shibori-inspired patterns, which is perfect for those looking for decor ideas for large walls!

Shibori upholstered swivel accent chair

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Shibori Patterned Furniture

Modsy’s own Ravine Home furniture line even has accent chair upholstery that mimics a shibori pattern. We love this for those who want to decorate with shibori patterns year-round and make a larger statement in their space! And you won’t just find indigo dye coloring; Ravine Home’s shibori patterns also come in ink, brown, coral, and a bluish-green.

Shibori Tabletop Decor

You don’t have to limit the use of shibori home decor to upholstery! We love how a shibori pattern is applied to the mug and bowl in the products below—adding a pop of color and pattern to your tabletop any day of the week!

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The Mood Is Spring Escape: Interiors Inspired by Future Vacations

Our homes have been a refuge this past year—spaces where we can feel safe, decompress, and relax. But at times that’s been difficult for those who have also spent the whole workday at home, balancing virtual meetings, childcare, and managing a household.

So, we think it’s time for a bit of a refresh.

As the weather warms up and the world slowly begins to reopen, we’re reimagining our homes into vacation dreamlands. It’s a mood we’re channeling, and we’re calling it Spring Escape.

So, bring the vacation vibes home to you and get in the warm-weather mood by exploring these 5 spring-inspired rooms. It’s time to bring on the fun, bright, and playful furniture and decor!

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Look 1: Modern Rainbow

This living room has a bright, colorful palette with a modern slant. While the walls and sofa are neutral, the color and pattern comes in through the Shibori pillows, bright florals, and vibrant rug. And the dazzling crystal, brass, and marble accents add some reflective pizzazz.

The leather sofa, roll-arm chair, and vintage-inspired rug give this living room a cozy and homey vibe—but the bright colors throughout the space add energy and buzz that enlivens the room.

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Look 2: Dining in the Sunshine!

This classic East Coast take on coastal style feels springy, warm, and homey. The bright white, natural, and blue color palette feels very fresh and sophisticated, while the weathered furniture adds the rustic warmth. However, all of this is offset by the bright punchy colors. While this space doesn’t feature a ton of decor, the use of a few sculptural pieces gives this clean and classic room some visual interest.

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coastal dining room with wicker chairs

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Look 3: Earthy & Eclectic Escape

This is another take on coastal design, but in a more casual southern California style. The colorful palette of rust, blue, and tan earth tones drives home the modern and cool West Coast feel of this living room. Natural wood pieces in organic, sculptural shapes add an earthy and dramatic element. And the use of woven textures adds a casual and eclectic vibe to the living room.

Bring the Vacation Vibes Home

Bring the Vacation Vibes Home

Bring the Vacation Vibes Home

Bring the Vacation Vibes Home

fringed oval mirror over black wood console

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Look 4: The Happy Blues

Who says having the blues is bad? This bedroom design is a perfect way to infuse your home with some happy, springtime vibes. The color palette is calming and grounding but still cheerful with an assortment of blues. And yes, it has a lot of texture going on: the woven headboard, the wool rug, the wood-carved nightstand, the planter basket. But the combination of all of these natural textures, paired with the saturated shades of blue throughout this space, creates the feeling of a beachy escape. And we love how the clean lines of the furniture balance out all the texture and give this bedroom a modern coastal vibe.
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Look 5: Tropical Chic

This funky and youthful space comes to life with a burst of color and a mix of Mid-Century Modern, Coastal, and Glam styles. (An unexpected but delightful combination!) The Mid-Century elements show up in the bright pops of oranges and yellows, along with the shape of the accent chair. Coastal elements are incorporated through tropical-inspired touches like the plants and the woven decor, along with that comfy blue sofa! And to keep it classy, touches of brass, marble, and velvet textures give this space a chic finish.

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Want a more practical place to start on a spring refresh? Check out our spring cleaning tips for your upholstery, plus our spring decor checklist with 17 easy home updates.

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8 Ways To Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

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It’s that time of year again! With spring in full spring, it’s time to spruce up your spaces at home for warmer weather and longer days ahead. No matter the size or style of your home—be it a large family house or a compact city apartment—here’s our checklist of easy (and essential!) spring decor updates and home refresh ideas to welcome the new season.

spring decor1. Do a deep spring clean

Your home deserves a deep clean, especially after the winter hibernation months. Trust us when we say you’ll feel 100% refreshed and accomplished if you tackle this list.

Wipe down baseboards

Wash all pillow covers (in the living room and bedroom)

Vacuum and rotating out rugs (roll-up winter ones to stow them away)

Dust off table surfaces and bookshelves

Clear things out of storage cabinets, your pantry, and the fridge (no excuses!)

spring decor2. Retire winter clutter

It doesn’t matter the size of your home, utilize all the spare space you can find to organize and put away winter accessories.

Stash away winter clothing you won’t need until later in the year.

Wash comforters, heavy blankets, and throws, and store them in airtight bins.

Put any big bulky storage, like space heaters and humidifiers, in the garage or in storage.

Make the most of under-bed storage organizers.

Corral things into woven baskets that can easily be stacked or tucked into corners.

spring decor3. Opt for lighter textures

Think natural textures and airier materials here that nod to the outdoors and soon-to-arrive summer days.

Seagrass, jute, linen, rattan, cane… these textures feel at home in warmer weather, so layer rugs made of these materials into your spaces with abandon!

Work in basketweave textures also to further play up the appeal of natural textures.

Try also adding in light woods and driftwood pieces to play up a summery beach house vibe, sure to bring in a hint of laid-back style.

spring decor4. Swap in new throw pillows

This is the easiest way to change up your look with more color and a fresh appeal that ushers a spring vibe into your rooms.

Replace cozy winter pillow covers with lighter, breezier ones made of linen and cotton.

Instead of faux fur pillows and knitted ones, try more solid colors and geometrics, which will add lots of instant spring energy.

Work in seasonal colors, such as greens, blues, pinks, and purples, which are sure to usher in major spring vibes.

spring decor5. Bring in breezier textiles

After you’ve changed up your pillow selection, do the same with your other textiles, which will further brighten and open up your rooms.

Swap in linen and cotton blankets and pack away chunky knits or fur throws.

Hang lighter curtains, like breezy linen and sheers, in lieu of heavy velvets.

Switch up your rugs in rooms from high-pile options to natural-fibers or flatweaves, which will bring a burst of color and texture as well as feel more in line with the warmer weather.

spring decor6. Play with color and patterns

Be sure to keep an eye out for fun and whimsical patterns that pay homage to spring. These are small updates that are sure to enliven your spaces.

Think stripes vibrant colors, pretty florals, chevron zigzags, and even elaborate animal motifs, all of which will add punch and intrigue.

If spring colors aren’t your thing, add energy and bring a room to life with a classic palette of crisp whites, black tones, and sharp blues.

spring decor7. Invite greenery indoors

It’s not a spring home refresh until you add some greenery and blooms in your home, naturally.

If you’re not a plant person, something simple can do the trick. Just add a potted succulent or two.

Or simply arrange a bouquet of spring blooms in a glass vase or unique vessel.

Don’t have a green thumb at all? Put a few stems of flowers in bud vases and arrange them however you want on a table or bookshelf.

spring decor8. Introduce fresh scents

Whether it’s fragrant blooms or a pristine scent of clean linens and plants, giving your rooms a scent update will set a bright mood and tone in your spaces.

Try out a new scented candle in the entry, your kitchen, or bathroom. We love placing one in a high-traffic area to bring in an uplifting mood.

For a stronger scent accessory update, you can go with something floral or a diffuser with essential oils that you can adjust to your liking.

 

 

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Poufs, Plants, & Pillows – Shop Our Favorite Easy Decor Updates for Spring

easy decor updates for springSay goodbye to the cold, dreary days of winter – spring is finally here! It’s time to get rid of the winter blahs by brightening up your surroundings to make way for the new season with confidence.

There’s no better way to fully embrace the season than by welcoming spring into your home. Combining your seasonal spring cleaning with a bit of home rejuvenation is a great way to refresh and shift your mindset toward the brighter days ahead. It’s time to swap out the chunky knit throws and cozy decorative touches that kept you tucked in all winter and usher in the colorful, lively and light looks.

If you can’t make a full room makeover happen, here are 3 easy decor updates to refresh your home for spring.

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easy decor updates for springPillows

Want to get the biggest transformation with the least amount of effort? All you need are pillows! Throw pillows are a super easy decor item that you can switch out throughout the seasons to give any room a timely update.

Swap in some colorful, fun and patterned pillows to instantly spring-ify the look of your living room, bedroom, office, etc. Put dark, wintery pillows to rest for the moment and bring the more vibrant colors out to shine. Neutrals, primary colors and light and bright pastels will all fit wonderfully into a spring color palette.

Pro-tip: keep your pillow inserts and change the covers out seasonally for an extra budget-friendly home update.

easy decor updates for springPoufs

Poufs are just as magical as the pretty name makes them sound, and they are making a splash in spring decor this year. They are similar to ottomans, only more versatile and not as clunky – their lack of legs helps them look lighter and more playful than a traditional ottoman.

You can use poufs as footstools in front of a sofa or chair to prop up your feet while you’re relaxing. And, in a pinch, they can even be used as extra seating when guests show up or extra surface space in any room.

We love them because they add a pop of color, pattern, and texture that can transform your look without a hefty price tag. It’s a great way to dip your toe in a trend instead of committing to a pricey sofa or rug that might not stand the test of time.

easy decor updates for springPlants

Even though the calendar days are ticking on, it can sometimes feel like spring is still hibernating. That means it’s up to us to go out and get it!

Bring the outdoors inside with greenery galore. Plants are the epitome of spring – they bring life into a room in a way that other decorative accessories just can’t. Easy to manage houseplants placed throughout a room can magically make the space lighter and airier.

Try a potted plant in a corner, a group of succulents on your table, or a hanging plant if you are short on floor space. We also love faux plant options if you want something low-maintenance that looks happy all year-round!

Getting your house into shape for spring doesn’t have to be a costly commitment! With these quick and simple updates to your home decor, you can brighten up your space and bring the light of spring into any room of your home.

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