If ever a 22-inch square of cotton could tell stories, it would be the bandana.
This simple piece of cloth has swabbed the sweat off the brows of sailors, farmers, miners, soldiers and factory workers for generations. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a Western film without a cowboy sporting some version of it.
Around midcentury, bandanas evolved from a strictly utilitarian item to a fashion statement. In recent years, rappers and other celebrities including Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Hailey Bieber have rocked bandana fashion. Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Coach and Japanese designer Hidaeki Shikama have employed the motif in collections.
And as is often the case with fashion trends, bandana prints have gravitated from the wardrobe to the rest of the home. These days, they fit comfortably in many décor styles, including farmhouse, vintage and cottage core.
Here are some ideas of how to incorporate the bandana motif in your home:
"The versatility of the (bandana) trend allows designers to stretch themselves with fresh takes, while preserving the integrity of this timeless classic," says Sarah Ward, senior vice president of brand marketing for Spoonflower, the digital printing marketplace for indie designers.
She's seeing artists using the motif on fabric, wallpaper, throw pillows, curtains and bedding.
Portland, Oregon-based illustrator Jeremiah Witting, for instance, has created a pattern he calls Western Paisley that's offered on Spoonflower as yardage fabric, in a rich red.
Denise Tolman of Fort Worth embraces her Texan and American Cherokee heritage in her Fabric Is My Name studio on the site, with white on denim blue and white on black bandana-print fabrics.
The Bandana Blanket Company has ash wood round and rectangular coffee tables with bandana print tops, in a range of colors. There are area rugs, throw blankets, dining chair slipcovers and shower curtains, too.
Kiriko Made, a Portland company that uses Japanese textiles, makes bandanas with evocative prints drawn from traditional Japanese patterns like arrows, pine needles, cherry blossoms, wind and waves.
Tips for decorating with mirrors
A leaning option
Consider leaning mirrors as an alternative to those that are wall hung. Utilize mirrors to highlight architectural elements like fireplaces.
Go big or go home
Larger mirrors help to fill space and add a sense of drama.
Try vintage charm
Consider the unexpected like a mirror that is antique or ornate. Antique mirrors hung as a pair help to create drama and elegance in this parlor room.
Create a series
Try hanging mirrors in pairs or in a series. Mirrors hung in a series help to elongate a hallway.
Pay attention to light
Use mirrors in spaces that don’t receive much light. Small mirrors in a grid can also help reflect light.
Experiment with mirrors made of different materials or finishes. Try unexpected shapes such as squares. Mix artwork with mirrors within the same space to create interest.