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Circular Motion - Polka Dots

Posted by Christine Soner on July 07, 2012
(Image: Life Magazine, April 14th 1952, via Pinterest)

Polka dots have been trending the last year, not only in fashion, but across the home. For me, polka dots evoke different emotions and memories. I think of being a kid, Wonder Bread, ping pong, Shirley Temple my childhood idol, Pac-man, clowns, balloons and the whole circus theme in general. Polka dots are clean, fresh, whimsical, playful, lively, and energetic. It’s a pattern that great for toddlers, tweens, the college crowd, and adults of all ages, especially those who are young at heart J

Polka dots first became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pattern is named for the dance of the same name, because of the dance's popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable.

  • Traditionally polka dots are used in the clothing of flamenco dancers and performers.
  • Artist Yayoi Kusama uses polka dots throughout much of her work.
  • In the Tour de France, the leader in the mountains competition wears a distinctive polka dot jersey (French: maillot à pois rouge). Although the King of the Mountains was first recognized in the 1933 Tour de France, the distinctive jersey was not introduced until 1975.
  • "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" is a novelty song, written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland.  (Bullet list referenced from Wikipedia)
( Above images via: thesartorialist.com, etsy.com, pinterest.com, superga.com, flickr.com )

I’ve rounded up a selection of dotted products that we are offering here at IKEA. I did it according to four predominate colorways, so there should be a little something for everyone’s color preference. So if your looking for a Summer refresh, re-doing a kid’s room, or maybe your college bound, take a look at these suggestions....

Blue left to right: EIVOR FÄRGA duvet, PINGLA boxes, FABULÖS glass, IKEA PS rug (coming in August!)

Red left to right: STENKLÖVER duvet, BÄLUM rug, BRÄDA laptop support, KLIPPAN loveseat

Green left to right: SMÖBOLL duvet, OLSBO frame, JUBEL plant pot, IKEA PS rug (coming in August!)

Black left to right: SMÖRBALL duvet, BÄLUM rug, PINGLA boxes, DOTTEVIK lamp shade

So how do YOU feel about polka dots for interiors? Have you ever used them? Or if you should decide to take the plunge, please share your photos with us!

P.S. If you’d like to check out the polka-dotted works of artist Yayoi Kusama, her work will be on exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art, from July 12th-September 30th.

~Christine

CATEGORIES: balum, bedroom, ikea ps, klippan, living room, polka dots, stenklover

Comments (13)

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  • Thank you so much for this article! I LOVE polka-dots! Also, love that lampshade! Is it available in stores or is it on-line only?

    Posted by glamour1940 on 7/9/2012 flag

  • I've always loved a polka dot inside...but the first image has me swooning for a polka dot exterior! Love!

    Posted by pmull on 7/9/2012 flag

  • Great article. I'm currently changing the kids bathroom. The polka dots is a great idea to make it fresh for them!

    Posted by judijake on 7/9/2012 flag

  • Love the polkadots...I don't thing polka dots get enough credit...defenitely buying the blue Ikea rug.

    Posted by heynawi69 on 7/9/2012 flag

  • Polka dots are my FAVORITE! ...LOVE the new rugs!

    Posted by Dale.L on 7/9/2012 flag

  • I love the trend report, the fun images, and how we as a society are expressing our love of dots. I can't wait to use the green dot rug in an upcoming bathroom shot. It's fresh green color is also on trend. Thanks, Christine, for showing us items from IKEA that I might have missed.

    Posted by meredithdrummond on 7/10/2012 flag

  • thanks for all the positive comments! @glamour1940, the DOTTEVIK lampshade can only be purchased in-store.

    Posted by Christine Soner on 7/10/2012 flag

  • What an awesome article...Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing...so many new things to buy!

    Posted by tval81 on 7/12/2012 flag