Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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?