When you hear the word “chintz,” you’re not alone in picturing Mee Maw’s living room circa 1983. (The window swags! The dust ruffles!) *Shudders* But in case you haven’t noticed, these busy florals are back, baby—big time.
Refresher: “Chintz” originated in India in the 1600s and describes bold floral textiles with a shiny fabric glaze. After a Laura Ashley-fueled burnout in the 1980’s, these grandmotherly patterns were sent to the design hall of shame. But no longer: Chintz is officially chicer than ever today, thanks to slimmed-down silhouettes, fresh colorways and modern accessorizing.
And sans froufrou factor, we can all agree that Granny’s go-to is pretty darn pretty, no? Here’s how to do chintz in 2017.