As the design world returns to all things maximalism, I can’t help but crave some good old-fashioned toile. The epitome of granny chic, copperplate fabric printing originated in Ireland in the early 18th-century before spreading to Britain and France (where the term “toile de jouy” meaning literally “cloth from jouy” was eventually coined). Jouy-en-Josas was the small French town in which the first major toile factory was built. Today, toile typically refers to the single-color print of a pastoral scene (though not always). Though toile prints originally featured a white background, these days the pattern comes in a multitude of color combinations. Below, find some of my favorite uses of toile in contemporary interiors and my suggestions on how you can get the look.
Design finds for my fellow toile fans:
Blush Toile Headboard (love!)
(images: 1 – Taylor Tomasi Hill poses for Schumacher, 2 – bedroom by David Kleinberg via Architectural Digest, 3 – Peter Dunham, 4 – hallway by unknown, 5 – bedroom by McGrath II, 6 – scalloped pink headboard, 7 – yellow foyer by Suellen Gregory, 8 – Aerin Lauder’s guest bedroom via House & Garden, 9 – Manuel Canvas Bengale fabric in a bedroom by Melissa Rufty, 10 – green toile bedroom in the home of Kate and Andy Spade by Steven Scarloff, 11 – Carolina Hererra Jr., 12 – Tori Mellott, 13 – red toile room by unknown, 14 – toile bedroom by unknown, 15 – green toile bedroom via WSJ, 16 – pink toile curtains by Kerry Hanson Design, 17 – Tori Mellott’s New York kitchen via Domino, 18 – red toile bedroom via Howe Lodon)