Toile de Jouy, more commonly known as simply "toile," originated in the French village of Jouy-en-Josas in the 18th century. In English, the word "toile" translates to cloth. This fabric is known for its monochromatic prints, usually set on a white or cream background, that feature images of everyday life and tell a story. Toile has become a common fabric used for shabby chic or country design. If you're looking to create such a look for your bedroom, consider incorporating toile.
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Start your decorating project by choosing your fabrics and deciding where you want to feature the toile. You don't want to incorporate too much toile, as it is a busy pattern and can quickly become overbearing. Choose a toile bedspread and curtains but choose solid colours or a pattern that complements the toile -- such as gingham or stripes -- for the rest of the linens in your room. If you've chosen a black toile bedspread, for instance, use black or white sheets and throw pillows that feature black-and-white gingham or stripes.
When decorating with toile, the fabric becomes the focal point of the room and the rest of the room serves as a backdrop to highlight the fabric. When it comes to painting the walls for a bedroom that features toile, go with a solid colour. Use the colour that is featured in the fabric as your wall colour; for instance, use blue if you are using a blue toile fabric. Another option is to paint the walls a neutral or complementary colour -- white, beige or a lighter shade or red if you've chosen red toile fabric. Play up the shabby chic or French country look by hanging white wainscoting on the bottom half of the walls.
In this bedroom setting, a collection of vintage or antiqued furniture works well. Use a brass, wrought iron or whitewashed headboard on the bed. Purchase a light-coloured wood dresser from a thrift store and give it an aged look by sanding some of the finish off and gently tapping it with a hammer. White wicker furniture also lends itself well to this design. If you have space in your bedroom, create a cosy sitting area with a rocking chair and place a round table with a gingham or solid-coloured tablecloth.
Put the finishing touches on your toile bedroom makeover with decorative accents. Place a brass-framed mirror over the dresser. Hang dried bouquets of flowers on the walls. Set a large painting or photograph of a country landscape in a large, light wood frame and display it over the bed. For lighting, hang a decorative chandelier from the ceiling and place brass or wrought iron lamps topped with decorative shades on the end tables.
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