Hang full-length, lined toile drapes at the windows.
Some antique French (or painted 'country' furniture would not go amiss here, and it looks even better if you ...
Show it off on parquet flooring (or tomettes from
Decorating With Toile: Country French Kitchens
Rustic French kitchens in old French farmhouses might use Toile de Jouy for curtains - either at the window, or to hide storage space under the worktop.
However, it's less common than you'd think. Toile is a 'fancy' fabric, after all, and a rustic French space needs simple fabrics that complement the overall look. However, here are ...
... some ideas for decorating with toile in your kitchen:
Caution: only ever use up to 3 items from this list.
toile tea towels, or toile borders on plain/striped tea towels,
toile chair pads,
toile patches over marmalade glasses,
toile bags for recycled materials,
oven gloves with a toile pattern,
a toile apron for the cook.
Combine these toile items with other simple patterns or solids to add just a little French touch to your kitchen. This will look particularly good if you stick to a strictly limited color scheme, like the blue-and-white in the picture above.
Just one more thing, on a practical note: If you're going to use an antique/vintage French fabric for your kitchen curtains (or anything else that will get a lot of wear and tear), give it a new, sturdy backing. Your antique textile will thank you by living - and looking good - for a lot longer.
Decorating With Toile: Chic French Country Dining Rooms
A few toile accessories look good in most French country dining rooms. However ...
... what's good for French kitchens is also valid for French dining rooms:
Always use toile de Jouyin moderation!
A few ideas for a touch of toile de Jouy in dining rooms:
dining chairs slipcovered in toile
toile chair pads
toile curtains at the windows, or
toile wallpaper (or toile wallpaper borders).
You'll also create an authentic French look with one of these combinations:
Dining chairs with slipcovered backs in antique white or unbleached linen, plus toile chair pads and crisp, antique white curtains with a straight, simple toile valance (here are some examples of the look)
Decorating With Toile In Your Home Office
Turn any old desktop into a "country French" writing desk:
Cut a length of toile de Jouy fabric (or toile wallpaper) to the exact measurements of your desktop, and have a rectangle of (beveled) glass cut to the same measurements. Then sandwich the toile between the desktop and the glass. Instant chic!
Stack wooden vintage crates as bookshelves
along a wall, and line or paper them inside with toile.
Cover or line containers for mail, pens, brushes
etc. with toile. (They could be empty tin cans, wooden boxes, even small or large sturdy cartons.)
Cover a rectangle of styrofoam with toile to create a
Color-photocopy a strip of your favorite toile de Jouy
design as a 'letterhead' onto your private stationery.
Last not least, you could always add a toile chair pad
to your office chair.
Decorating with toile can be done on a shoestring with
bargain toile fabrics. And what better place to find a bargain than eBay? Let's say you want to line a wooden crate, cover a pin board or make my toile cushion cover designs in Part 3 from a smallish piece of vintage toile - chances are you'll get a pretty good deal right here below!
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