When it comes to fabrics, I’m all about about mixing patterns and materials to get a really collected and eclectic look. One of my favorite fabric trends right now is ikat. You may not be sure what I’m referring to, but I bet you’ve seen it in magazines, Pinterest, and your other places you go to for design inspiration. Basically, because of how the material is made, the lines of the pattern are very fuzzy or blurry. Thanks to its recent rise in popularity, options for ikat prints range from bold and modern to subdued and traditional. Traditional ikat is created by tie-dying yarn and then weaving it into an intricate pattern. I should also mention that ikat is pronounced “e-kaht”, not “i-cat” as I mistakenly pronounced it for quite some time.
Today’s Pin it inspiration image has two ikat-inspired fabrics. You can see them in the curtains and the chairs cushions. In addition to all of the wonderful patterns, I’ve also been loving navy blue lately, so this image really caught my attention. Plus, my own dining room walls are a similar color. I love how this space incorporates several trendy patterns including solids, stripes, and two styles of ikat. The color ties them all together while the varying patterns create a lot of interest.
Maybe you’re ready to go bold with ikat and make a major statement with drapes. Or you might prefer to incorporate the pattern more subtly in a lampshade. Check out some of my favorite ikat-inspired pieces below. Are you loving this pattern as much as I am? What’s your favorite pattern for decorating?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Say hello to my Paint Chip Pillow. Hi. I love paint chips. I used to just wander through the paint chip section and read all the random and odd paint color names (I know, weird). This love for paint chips has inspired me to create the Paint Chip Pillow. I made 5 different paint chip printouts for you to enjoy! This is a two-sided pillow, so you can have a different paint chip color on each side.
- Two pieces of 14 by 21 inch white fabric
- HP Iron On Transfer paper
- A bag of stuffing
- Cut out two 14 by 21 inch rectangles of white fabric.
- Print out a test sheet (on plain ‘ol paper) of your choice of paint chip colors: Blue one and two, Red one and two, Purple one and two, Yellow one and two, Green one and two. If it all looks good, print out your paint chip colors on your iron on transfer paper (p.s. the wording is backwards on the printout, that’s so it will iron on normal when transferred to the fabric).
- Let the printed out transfer dry for a few minutes. Turn on your iron to the highest setting, make sure the steam is off. Set up a spot to iron on your paint chip. Lay down some fabric (to protect the surface you’re ironing on) onto a flat/hard surface, not your ironing board since it’s not hard enough.
- Trim your paint chip transfer printouts. Leave an 1/8 inch trim around the pictures. When it’s all trimmed up, get your paint chips centered and set up to iron.
- Follow the iron on directions for the transfer paper. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Peel back the paper.
- With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the rectangles together (leaving a 1 inch seam allowance around the entire seam. Don’t forget to leave an opening to flip the fabric right side out.
- Stuff the pillow.
- Stitch the opening.
- Done. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy your paint chip pillow! If you love this, please feel free to share!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Anytime I head into a home decor store, one of my first stops is the pillow section. Like many people, I seem to have an unhealthy obsession with these fluffy squares of happiness. First, I’m enamored with throw pillows because they make everything just a little more comfortable. One of my favorite activities is snuggling up on the couch (surrounded by lots of pillows!) as I watch Downton Abbey and sip a glass of wine. Does it get any better than that?
Second, I love accent pillows for the role they play in home decor. Just by changing the pillows on your bed or couch, you can give your room an entirely new look. This comes in handy with the change of seasons when you want to mix things up without completely redecorating a space. It also lets you play around with colors and patterns that you may be afraid to try on a larger or more permanent scale. After all, it’s just a few pillows. What do you have to lose?
This week on Pin it. Get it! I’m sharing some bold and patterned throw pillows that I’ve found. I’d also like to encourage everyone to take a risk and try some of these different and fun accents. Pillows just might become your new favorite accessory.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm