Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The great comeback of Damask and Toile

Have you noticed Damask and Toile prints are everywhere these days? I have seen these fabrics in window coverings, bedding, home accessories and furnishings, and yes, wallpaper. Once thought to be fabrics for formal environments, due in part to the tone on tones of silks in the patterns, these fabrics have evolved. The color choices are vast. Fabrics are softer, not only in silk as they once were, but cottons, and cotton blends, dyed to provide colors to fit most any decor.
Toile's have long been known to come from Europe but are now making their way to American manufacturers. The subtle scenes and soft coloring are reminders of days gone by and a simpler time. This adds to their appeal in this fast paced world we live in.
Blacks, whites, and creams seem to be the most popular. It is a good idea to remember that in these fabrics, a little goes a long way in home decorating. Because the patterns are often a large print, care should be given not to overwhelm the room in a mirage of "busyness". Often one item, such as drapery, or a large chair, maybe a few accent pillows, can be enough to make a statement. I don't know about you but I love this "new" look and am looking forward to using a bit of damask or toile in the master bedroom to refresh and update things there. The possibilities and color choices are endless For example can't you see building a room around this beautiful chair?


  1. I love these prints. I think they look gorgeous on wall paper. Only wish I had the money to change my house and dec it out that way!

  2. I'm a toile addict! I want to do a whole room in it. xoxo


  3. you cant go wrong with damask at all.

  4. I adore these two..damask and toile..yum yum! I have a lot of damask in my home and can't get enough of it! Happy Wed. to you!

  5. Love those prints! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Damask and toile...two of my favorite things!

  7. Great post! I am a huge fan of damask and toile myself. Wow...love that chair!


  8. Debbie, I'm glad to see this post because I've had toile ever since we moved into this house 9 years ago. I was wondering if it needed to go or not.

  9. I found a chair very similar to that one for $4.00 at a garage sale. It sat very low too but has curvey arms. I had it recovered in toile (black and creme) painted the wood white and distressed it with a sander. I added a creme mattelasse bolster with a button detail...oooh la la.
    The toile is women statues with wings and arrows. It sits in the Le Shiloh Shabby Chateau, which is our little vacation rental. I pay it a visit from time to time.
    It sits near a sea grass rug too.
    I am feeling pretty good about it now that I have seen your picture!
    Ha! Fun. Total cost was $75.00

  10. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog...Lee

  11. Two of my absolute, all time, most belovedly favourite patterns. I truly hope that they stay in vogue for many more years (or forever!), I can never get enough of either of them :D

    Big hugs, honey!
    ♥ Jessica

  12. I love toile...it is the best..traditional and romantic, yet it can look so fresh too. I also love damask. Fantastic post.
    Holly @ 504 Main