Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trend Watch: 50 Shades of Chintz

Chintz overload....the direction for 2013,
 use chintz sparingly as an accent.
Chances are you probably haven't thought much about chintz since Ronald Reagan was finishing up his second term in the White House. Flowered cottons are too fussy, you say? Too old-fashioned? Think again - chintz is back!

Few fabrics have the crisp look and fresh attitude of chintz, especially after a few years of beige on beige. Ironic, since barely a century ago this printed cotton was considered second-rate and suitable only for bedrooms, nurseries, and maids’ rooms.

Trend sites, bloggers and interior designers agree, chintz is just the thing to liven up a room with a fresh dose of whimsy. The modern twist on chintz - use it sparingly as a lighthearted accent, or for just a little punch of color. Get some inspiration on how to incorporate this trend into your home decor with a few of our favorites below!

Clockwise from left: Hollyhock Chintz, F. Schumacher & Co.;
Floral Bouquet, Lee Jofa; Longbourn, Cowtan & Tout

English Rose, Cath Kidson USA

Country Rose Chintz, Royal Albert China

Cheri, Waverly

Pottery Barn's Arlington chair 
upholstered in Clairssa Kiwi chintz

Savannah Removable Wallpaper, Pottery Barn Kids

Cambourne, F. Schumacher & Co.


Niftic Vintage said...

And the goodies keep on coming! Simply FABULOUS Bryan!

Miss Magpies Shoppe said...

Oh, I LOVE chintz....for I am a frilly and romantic girl at heart. Wonderful blog post! Enjoyed reading it immensely.

linda dacey said...

chintz in small doses i believe
lets hear it for the fleurs !
cheers for that x ... ***

shaun mohr said...

wow ! who knew :) thank you Bryan!!!

Cheryl said...

I love chintz! Beautiful chair!

Elise said...

oh my gosh! the title!!! You make me laugh, and this is an awesome post! love chintz!

BeeJayKay said...

Wonderful! Chintz is so cozy! I want to spend a night in that bedroom!

Whimzy Thyme said...

HooRay for Chintz! I love it and have some in my home now (actully been there for years) --- so glad to be in vogue again!!

Thank you Bryan!

HilltopTimes said...

Chintz is fabulous!"Crisp look, fresh attitude"- what a perfect description. Wonderful post, as always. Many, many thanks.

Lydia McCauley said...

I love chintz! Wonderful article.

Wicked Darling said...

Bryan, I LOVE chintz and this post!!! That room!! That chair!! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous beauties with us!!!

Anathalia said...

Lovely post!

Story Tellers Vintage said...

I agree, chintz in small doses... That bedroom was making me dizzy :)
Thanks for the trend alert!

adriana said...

Wonderful post! I'm not a chintz person, but I can definitely appreciate it :)

gazaboo said...

Wonderful pics, great post!

Toni Oswald said...

Laura Ashley all the way!! I just love chintz~ Thanks for the news that this great fabric is back in favor!!

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