You’ll Never Guess the Old-Lady Decorating Trend That’s Back in Style
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.
Add Subtle Accents
In a contemporary bedroom by Henry & Co. Design, a chintz-upholstered headboard and bed skirt add the perfect pops of history and pattern to the otherwise neutral space.
Pick Bold, Punchy Colors
When chintz enters the mix in multiple, vibrant colorways, the look reads layered and exotic. Example A: This Markham Roberts-designed living room.
Or Go Au Naturel
Fact: Blue and white blooms are timeless, even when chintzy. We especially love McGrath II’s breezy mix of natural tones and wicker furnishings.
Mix Your Materials
The key to bringing chintz-overload into 2017? Weaving it in with contemporary textiles (think: casual cotton dhurries and woven fibers), as designer Mark D. Sikes does in this crazy-gorgeous boudoir.
Or Make One Deliberate Granny Homage
Got a prized, chintzy heirloom in your possession? Go ahead and rock it in a spot of honor à la Sasha Bikoff, and make Mee Maw proud.