Chintz is Back!

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Remember when your home was decked out with floor-to-ceiling flowers? Hello ‘80s! Well, good news - it’s back and better than ever! You may be asking yourself, what is chintz and how does it differ from other floral patterns we’ve been seeing lately? Traditionally, it was a glazed, calico textile imported from India, featuring florals on a light colored background. Today, the pattern has incorporated modern colors and details so that it feels refreshing and new. Let’s take a look at the some of the hottest trends using chintz.

Chintz is Back!

Images: (1) Apartment Therapy, (2) Bemz, (3) Ashley Winn Design, (4) Quadrille

  1. One way to use chintz fabric is in smaller doses, like an upholstered armchair. This tonal green pattern corresponds well with the other accessories in the room.
  2. This sofa has a very modern look with its Technicolor color palette. Accessorize with contrasting solid throw pillows for a full punch.
  3. This upholstered chair has a fun shape, and its earthy tones make it feel like it belongs in a garden.
  4. Paired with an organic herringbone pattern, this chintz sets a beautiful scene for this window vignette.

Chintz is Back!

Images: (5) Southern Living, (6) Southern Living, (7) Napa Valley Vintage Home, (8) 10 Rooms Design

  1. Well-known interior designers are also going gaga for chintz. Barrie Benson uses chintz to soften a room, as in the above interior she designed. The floral pattern is a great contrast to the hardness of the black and white stripes.
  2. Interior designer Celerie Kemble believes that chintz adds just the right amount of femininity to a space. Here Kemble is posed at home surrounded by her own patterns.
  3. You can never have too much chintz. Try two different armchairs with complementary patterns.
  4. A dab of chintz fabric at the windows makes this room feel light and airy.

What do you think about the return of chintz?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.