Get exotic with Ikat

Turning heads in the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections, ikat is a pattern currently on fashion’s radar. As well as wearing it, we bet you’ll want to use it in your home, too. And why not, we say? In interiors, ikat can look exotic and sophisticated and you can choose from muted tones, or full-on colour. For those who like a little knowledge, Ikat is an ancient technique used to create patterned textiles by resist dyeing before the fabric is woven. If you prefer to just look at the lovely pictures then skip straight to these fabulous examples of ikat indoors...

Like to go pattern-tastic? Ikat-style fabrics will sit happily with other designs in your room schemes, as in this rather fabulous bedroom with fabrics and wallpapers from Scion’s Wabi Sabi collection shows. To avoid sensory overload, keep your palette consistent when you’re mixing patterns (and for a good night’s sleep, muted rather than bold might be best in the bedroom).

Brighten up with ikat-inspired cushions. They’ll add an exotic element to a room scheme featuring more traditional florals and stripes, so they’re an easy way to revamp – something we’re rather fond of. These fabrics are from the Fragrant Harbour collection by Prestigious Textiles.

On the other hand, and not to contradict ourselves, we also like a full-on transformation, so you could make ikat part of your pattern choice for a room revamp. These bolster cushions in co-ordinating fabrics give the room a relaxed riad feel, and are in fabrics from the Lakota collection by Prestigious Textiles.

A sofa upholstered in an ikat design makes a stunning focal point. What else do you need in your room scheme when you’ve introduced a statement piece like this one? The answer is not a whole lot. Keep it simple, and you’re on to a winner. The Ditte sofa is from Anthropologie.

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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