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.

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Henry & Co. Design

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.

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McGrath II

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.

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Mark D. Sikes/Amy Neusinger

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. 

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Sasha Bikoff/Genevieve Garruppo

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. 


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.