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Shibori Style: How to Rock the Look + Where to Buy...

Shibori Style: How to Rock the Look + Where to Buy the Homewares

Shibori Cushions and Shibori Design on The Life Creative

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?

Shibori Interior Design and Homewares from Temple and Webster

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.

Shibori Cushions and Shibori Design on The Life Creative

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!

Shibori Design and Shibori Homewares on The Life Creative

Top Row: Towel | Bedding | Cushion
Middle Row: Tea Towels | WallpaperBeach Throw
Bottom Row: Zip Pouch | Table Runner | Swaddle Blanket

Shibori Workshops

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!

Image one via Temple & Webster, two via Shibori.


Outside of his work as Editor of The Life Creative blog, Chris is also an interior stylist, presenter and author. His first book, Sydney Precincts, is out now. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Fiona

    22 October

    Hey I just did a Shibori workshop last weekend at The School in Rosebery and it was awesome! Sydney peeps Google ‘Megan Morton The School’ or I think the website is http://www.theschool.com.au
    I dyed myself a doona cover and pillow cases and I’m loving it sick! The courses do get booked out really quickly though so get onto it if you’re interested. They also said they will have some take home Shibori kits available soon so check their website for that too. Indigo love!!! Fi

    • Ooh I know The School – but I didn’t know they did classes. Thanks Fiona!

      • Julie

        8 November

        Hi Chris, I am from Ministry of Handmade in Brisbane and we run Shibori Workshops as well. Heaps of fun and I love to see what participants create with their finished fabric.

  2. Fiona

    22 October

    PS, Chris I think you mean dyeing not dying, as otherwise you’d be suggesting Shibori as a method of passing from this life. Sorry to be the grammar police! :oD

    • Haha Shibori so good you’ll die! Thanks Fiona, I’ve corrected the mistakes. I am normally pretty good with spelling, but it won that round 🙂

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