Michelle here, with this week’s (extremely energetic) design dare. By now, you may have picked up on the fact that I tend to go gaga for graphics, and of course, ikat is no exception. Did you know that Ikat means ‘to bind,’ and is rooted in the ancient textile technique of resist-dyeing threads before the fabric is woven? Me neither, and lately, the tribal beat of this print has taken on a modern tune in a sea of textures and contrasting colors…and in these rooms, the motif is brighter and bolder than ever. Follow the jump for more, and we’re dying to know: would you dare to style your room with a patterned mix of eclectic ikat?

*images: {1} Sig Bergamin’s Manhattan Apartment Living Room via Elle Decor and Kmmacker, {2} Melanie Turner Interiors via CocoCozy, {3} Ornamenta Wallpaper via HouseToHome, {4} Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna Mosaics via New York Spaces Magazine

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    Krista | March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Amazing post – ikat is my absolute fave. The last image is stunning!

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing | March 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Ikat is one of my favorite patterns, but I try to keep my admirance in check with one or two vibrant Thomas Paul Ikat printed pillows. Thanks for featuring!


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    Maya | March 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love people with the guts to go big with pattern and the wisdom to know how to combine them. Great post!

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    James | March 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love it on curtains; great choices with the first photos for examples! Normally I’d be scared to do it in an enclosed space like a powder room, but that last pic, with the gold accents, is calling my name!!

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    Michelle Sereno | March 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Agreed! From a simple pillow/curtain to all-over wallpaper, it’s amazing to see how this one pattern can be utilized in a myriad amount of ways. Thanks so much you guys!

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    Lindsay{Chic to the Nines} | March 29, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Love Ikat! Great inspiration!

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    Brooke | March 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I love the idea of combining different Ikat patterns on pillows and curtains. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Great post, Michelle!

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    Jo | March 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I was just thinking about this for my new house! I don’t know about ikat wallpaper but I would definitely like that on curtains. Thanks for the inspiration!

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