Thursday, October 26, 2017

How To Decorate with Chintz In Your Home

Chintz is a cotton fabric that can be either a solid color or a beautifully printed floral or stripe. But what makes it desirable is the finish which allows it to be wiped clean. In the 1980’s everyone wanted the English Country look with rooms filled with it. Laura Ashley sold millions of dollars worth of the fabric! But like many good things, its appeal came to an end until now. It’s back and for good reason, its beautiful! 


Photo via Pinterest, Stripped Rooms
 I love the entire composition of this wall...bold beautiful black and white striped walls, the modern black high gloss mirror, the glamorous gold sconces and those stunning chairs!


It's the fabric on the chairs (above)  that defines the chic style of the elegant room! Known as Chintz, it's polished finish makes it a perfect choice for using it on seating. And though it is widely popular in the 80's it's now enjoying a return to home fashions in a huge way! 
 
Photo via Pinterest Chintz Pillows

 Flowers are not for everyone but who wouldn't like these two pillows on their sofa or bed! 


This is a room in Mt. Vernon, a good example of just how much Chintz fabric was used by our founding fathers!


 Want to add a bit of Chintz to your room? Give us a ring and we'll bring beautiful Chintz samples to your home! 

Call 925.862.9064 or email us at Toni@MarieAntoinetteInteriors.com 

 

A little history about this beautiful mesmerizing fabric....

"Chintz was originally a woodblock printed, painted or stained calico produced in India from 1600 to 1800 and popular for bed covers, quilts and draperies. Around 1600, Portuguese and Dutch traders were bringing examples of Indian chintz into Europe on a small scale, but during the century English and French merchants began sending large quantities. By 1680 more than a million pieces of chintz were being imported into England per year, and a similar quantity was going to France and the Dutch Republic. These early imports were probably mostly used for curtains, furnishing fabrics, and bed hangings and covers . It has been suggested that wearing them as clothes began when these were replaced and given to maidservants, who made them into dresses, and also that they were first worn as linings.
With imported chintz becoming so popular with Europeans during the late 17th century, French and English mills grew concerned, as they could not make chintz. In 1686 the French declared a ban on all chintz imports. In 1720 England's Parliament enacted a law that forbade "the Use and Warings in Apparel of imported chintz, and also its use or Wear in or about any Bed, Chair, Cushion or other Household furniture"." Read more at Wikipedia

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