Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Take it or leave? Ikat.

Many of you may think I'm behind the times b/c I'm just now posting about ikat prints, and although that may be true a lot of the time, really I just hadn't paid that much attention to it. I like to have opinions about things (if you haven't noticed) so I thought it would be time to end my antipathy about this decor trend. First I'm going to show you some examples of where I think this pattern works within in a space. These will be followed by a few products I might buy, and hopefully by the time I'm done, I'll have formed an opinion...
Ikat rug w/just the right amount of punch.
source: flickr
Look hard, there's an Ikat toss pillow thrown on that pink couch.
source: flickr
Toss pillows on the bed.
source: flickr
This is an actual antique framed tapestry (as in the real thing!)
source: elle decor
This unexpected pillow helps make this space a lot less serious.
source: flickr
See the ikat throw at the end of the bed?
source: AT
So here are three (affordable) pieces I could see in my home if I decided that ikat was for me. Seeing as how I'm not traveling to any exotic places anytime soon (so sad), these will have to do.
Sunshine ikat outdoor pillow $24
source: West Elm
I've seen this stylish little bowl all over the style blogs for good reason.
Ikat Bowls $14
source: Anthropologie
Ikat Pillow $29
source: wishpot
So my final verdict is that, although I won't be jumping up and down to buy ikat pieces, I think it adds something unexpected and organic to a space. What do you think? Take it or leave it?


Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

love the print!! i so want that bowl!

tanya said...

I really love it! I think the bowl and pillow especially are great accent pieces :-)

Christy said...

I'm not feeling the patterns so much. I think that they are a particular taste, and I am lacking it. But the bowl is cute. I think it is the blurry appearance of some of the pieces.

Callie Grayson said...

yeah, i pretty much want that bowl too! love the blue. and i really love that rug in the first image.

Courtney said...

I'm thinking take it... in small doses. Too big or too much and I think I'd get a headache.

Blair Friedeman said...

I say take it! Although I think I prefer it in smaller punches like the bowl and pillow you mentioned in your post!

kadler said...

I love ikat! Such a gorgeous group of fabrics. I wish I could have a framed piece of it like the fourth picture!

PS~Erin said...

You know, I'm pretty ambivalent about it as well. I don't hate or love it.

Anonymous said...

I love it in the pictures but i would not buy it for my own house.

Unknown said...

i actually didn't know what this was until today - ha. i suppose it just goes to show that i'm hella behind on my style blogs.

either way, i'd likely take it in small doses, but i LOVE that white chair featured in the first photo. loooove. i'll take *that*!


not loving actually. maybe in small doses--like pillow and bowl.

paula said...

I love it. Just not all over the place.

Beaman the Interiors Chap said...

I rather like them if not overused. As with the 'unexpected pillow' they can add a certain exotic charm to what would otherwise be a drab room. Definitely not one to rule out completely.

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