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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
See Shibori Patterns in Your Home