The punchy, colourful and unique Ikat pattern (pronounced “e-kaht”) is one that injects energy and life into any space! It is one of our personal favourites as it can bring a particular pizzazz to your living room in the form of Ikat cushions, your bedroom curtains or even to spruce up an old armchair! The best part is they can really be used in any style interior — so whether you have a traditional home or a contemporary one — Ikat can harmoniously blend into most spaces!
To discover more on how to decorate with Ikat fabric, please read the blog on our favourite patterns and uses for some inspiration. But for Ikat beginners, the best way to start is with throw cushions, that are interchangeable and can be used in more than one spot, and here’s how:
Utilising Ikat cushions in your home comes down to shared colours and symmetry. It is usually best to pair Ikat cushions with more neutrally aligned furniture, such as an armchair or a sofa, to allow the unique pattern to shine and to also tastefully incorporate colour into the space. If you are big on patterns, it might be best to consult an expert to ensure you aren’t clashing any colours or patterns.
KEEPING IT NEUTRAL
Carlos Garcia’s living room in his Manor Farm project in Norfolk beautifully exhibits how Ikat is used in a traditional setting, with a neutral foundation. The neutral colours can be seen in the wall colour, the gallery of prints and the furniture choice. He has paired a selection of Ikat cushions against other patterned cushions to create a colourful focal point, but one that is also harmonious with the rug below.
PAIRING WITH BOLD COLOURS
Alternatively, you may wish to pull out colours from an existing or planned colour scheme and match the Ikat fabric to ensure the room is balanced. The walls, ceiling and floor are united in the casual breakfast nook designed by Katie Ridder below as a result of the Ikat cushions. She has taken colours from the vibrant, punchy rug and sourced cushions to match. Also – how great is that bright pink in the rug?
This living room from textile dealer, Susan Deliss‘ French living room pays homage to the use of fabrics and textiles existing in harmony. The choice of Ikat cushions — and Ikat shades! — provides an eccentric perspective on the classic French country look. How great does the Purple and Pink Ikat Shade look next to the sofa?
In isolating one, solitary, statement Ikat cushion, you enable the design in a given space to revolve around that particular piece. Miles Redd’s living room pairs a large, chunky Ikat cushion with two rather exotic tiger print cushions, drawing attention to the central placement of the Ikat piece.