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Something Blue: Summer’s Freshest Patterns

Photo Courtesy Museum of New Mexico Foundation

Blue and white just have a way of conjuring up refreshing images: deep alpine lakes, shaved ice. In home décor, the palette is just as appealing—classic, yet breezy. Pair these crisp hues with the organic and geometric patterns achieved with the Japanese resist-dyeing technique of Shibori, and you’ve got gorgeous accessories that evoke water and sky.

Shibori, which involves folding, twisting, crumpling or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo, was traditionally used in folk art and to decorate fabrics used for clothing. These days, the myriad patterns with characteristically soft edges and crinkled textures are popping up everywhere around the home, from wallpapers to pillows. Here, you’ll find a few of our favorite takes on the centuries-old style.


In Japan, the Shibori technique was traditionally used by the poor to refresh old clothing. Over time, the art form evolved into a variety of distinctive techniques used in folk art and to decorate silk for kimonos worn by noble ladies and warriors. The Japanese coat pictured above is from the global textile collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico

CITY SCAPE NIGHT WALLPAPER, AUD$195 per 10-meter roll; Shibori


from the Watermark: Indigo Collection, from $68 per square foot for 6” x 12” tiles; Clé


, $125 each; Marian Williams Pottery


, £34.99; Rew Homeware for Contemporary Lab


, $11.61; Haru Homewares

Make a Splash With These Lake-Inspired Accents
Dreamy Blues and Crisp Whites


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