How to Decorate a Bedroom in Purple Toile

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How to Decorate a Bedroom in Purple Toile
Add purple to your bedroom using a toile print for a bold, yet comfortable room. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Toile de Jouy, more commonly known simply as toile, is a French fabric that began production in the 18th century. It's known for its monochromatic designs, which are typically printed on white or cream linen. Decorate your bedroom with purple toile for a French country, shabby-chic or comfortable and elegant style. Limit the amount of toile in the room to avoid overwhelming the space with the fabric's busy and bold nature. Purple is typically regarded as a feminine colour, though it can work in a bedroom for a man and woman if used carefully.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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    Paint the walls a solid colour to establish a background that will make the toile stand out. For example, dark plum walls will create a striking contrast to cream-and-lavender toile. Paint multiple colours on the wall if you want more dimension, such as dark purple on the bottom and lavender on top separated by a white chair rail. Alternately, use one wall as the main stage in the room by covering it with purple toile wallpaper. Purple, cream or white will work on the other three walls.

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    Use your furniture as a part of the room's complete design. An ornate black iron headboard will pop against white or purple walls, but get lost against toile wallpaper. Upholster a fancy headboard in purple toile against a white wall if you want the headboard to be the main attraction. Simple white furniture will create a neutral background that allows you to add toile anywhere else in the room, which also allows you to update your decor easily and quickly when you want to.

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    Introduce the purple toile through your linens if you want the main components in your bedroom to remain neutral. Pair a purple-and-cream toile comforter or duvet cover with solid purple sheets and curtains topped with a toile valance. Alternately, a solid purple or white comforter will stand out against a purple toile wall, while a toile bed skirt will give a unified appearance. Mix in simple patterns in the same colours if you want a shabby-chic or casual look. For example, add throw pillows that feature purple-and-cream stripes, floral prints and checks.

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    Hang pictures, mirrors or artwork that complement your purple toile theme. Solid white, cream, black, purple or metallic frames work best against toile wallpaper, while purple toile mats or frames will pop against a solid white, cream or purple wall. Alternately, frame pieces of toile fabric to hang above the dresser that match your bedding if you want to weave hints of the print throughout the room.

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    Accessorise your bedroom with toile accents to tie the room together or establish your theme. Toile pillows, a chair, cushion or ottoman can serve as the inspiration for your bedroom's purple toile theme. Sprinkle in bits of toile against otherwise solid-coloured areas of the room, such as a toile lampshade, tablecloth over the night table, shelf liners or hat boxes. Add decorative lamps and a fancy chandelier to create a distinguished look.

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