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.
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.