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For the Love of Pattern: Ikat

Niche by Eastern Accents Downey Bedset

Niche by Eastern Accents Downey Bedset

It’s not often that you find a popular trend with a rich history, but with ikat, that’s exactly what you get. Ikat — pronounced “ee-KAHT” — is a huge trend in the interior design and textiles industries. In fact, it’s been around since at least the 15th century, and potentially even earlier than that. Textiles do not preserve well as a general rule, but scholars have found ikat fabrics from the pre-Columbian era.

Because of its trendiness, ikat now has two meanings. Originally, it was solely a method of dyeing and weaving threads to create a complexly patterned fabric. In a design context, it can also designate a pattern that has an ikat look to it. But what is an ikat look?

Part of what sets ikat apart from other patterns is that its colors tend to look like they’re running together. While most modern manufacturers will simply design their fabric prints to stamp on a pattern to look this way, a genuine ikat weave will run the colors together naturally through the process of making the piece of fabric.

This happens because a real ikat weave begins as blank threads that are tied strategically to prevent color from reaching certain sections — similar to modern tie-dye, but more refined. Once the dyed threads are dry, they are woven together by one of three methods: weft ikat, warp ikat, or double ikat. These qualifiers simply signify the threads in the fabric that have been dyed. Depending on the type of weave, the resulting pattern can be more or less precise, affecting how much the colors look like they’re running together.

No matter the specific design that results from the ikat weave, it’s this look of bleeding colors that designates it as ikat, in the modern sense. Both abstract and generally colorful, ikat has been able to hold a certain appeal for centuries that most trends can’t even hope to compete with.

With ikat, you’re getting a pattern that will liven up your home without going out of style. Check out our wide selection of ikat bedding and décor to add an enduring yet trendy touch to your home.

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So What’s Really the Best Color for Your Bedroom?

Ceylon Bedset by Eastern AccentsWant a better night’s sleep? A study from Travelodge shows that one way to do this is to paint your bedroom blue.

Blue is generally associated with feelings of calmness, which helps people unwind and fall asleep. It also has a physical affect on the body, as it helps reduce your blood pressure and slow your heart rate , which helps people stay asleep. According to the study, people who slept in a blue room got seven hours and 52 minutes of sleep — more than people with any other wall color.

Aico Jardin Bedding Collection by Michael AminiYellow and green came in second and third place, respectively. Sleepers with rooms in these colors still got over seven and a half hours of sleep.

Really, the biggest color to avoid in a sleeping environment is the color purple. Even though Radiant Orchid was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, purple tends to stimulate the mind, and those with purple bedrooms slept only six hours a night. While this makes it a great color for lots of other rooms, it’s a major drawback in the bedroom.

Even if your room isn’t painted blue, a blue theme in your décor and bedding can make a difference in the way you sleep. Simply changing up your sheets and comforter could be the key to a more restful night. Check out our website to find great deals on bedding in the most calming colors. In just a few minutes, you could be well on your way to better sleep.

Victorian-Style Bedding

Aico Portofino Bedding Collection by Michael AminiOne of the most popular styles in furniture, linens, and décor is the Victorian style, which takes its inspiration from turn-of-the-century England, when Queen Victoria reigned. The general tone for this style involves opulence, grand overall design, and intricate details. The elaborateness of the patterns is part of what distinguishes this style, as most others don’t feature as much detail.

This kind of ornate atmosphere is very popular in bedrooms, as it promotes an attitude of luxury and relaxation. Even if the setup of your room doesn’t have a Evelyn Daybed Bedset by Eastern Accentsvery Victorian feel, it’s easy to create a more opulent environment in one simple step — by merely changing your bedding. This one action could entirely transform your room, depending on the versatility of your décor.

If you want to create this kind of look in your bedroom, you can find a variety of sumptuous bedding sets at linensforliving.com. It’s easy to find the exact sheets, comforters, and bedding to set the Victorian mood.