Sabtu, 31 Oktober 2015

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Classic English Floral Chintz

Its flowers all the way with this style of fabric design that has become a recognizable look itself

Indian chintz caused a sensation when it first arrived in Europe around 300 years ago. Seventeenth century bedrooms boasted chintz spreads, curtains and even chintz floorcloths. The name ‘chintz’ derives from the Hindi word ‘chintz’ meaning painted or printed fabrics and now describes any cotton furnishing fabric with a predominantly floral pattern and glazed finish. Colours and patterns Early stylized floral chintz much influenced by European embroideries brought out for Indian artists to copy.
Traditional English chintz usually means old fashioned, very realistic, floral designs of full-blown roses, parrot tulips, peonies, lilies and wild flowers; often incorporating other motifs such as ribbons and birds. Today’s chintz style favours larger, less defined blossoms and mixes several different patterns.
Choosing the furnishings Generous, full length chintz look best with frilled edges and pelmets. Roman or Austrian blinds in plain or all over prints in glazed cotton also add extra elegance. Sofas and armchairs are traditional and comfortable with chintz or complementary plain or printed linen loose covers. 

Other furniture is mainly mahogany in traditional styles; for a more modern feel mellow antique pine works well. Round tables made from chipboard can be covered with floor length cloths of patterned chintz or glazed cotton. Coolie lampshades covered in chintz or wall fittings with decorative sconces suit this look. Walls can be covered with flowery papers or emulsion painted for a plainer look. Floors can be bare boards covered with oriental rugs, or pastel fitted carpets.

Living room – quiet elegance
This typically lush mid Victorian glazed chintz mixes perfectly with modern mock moiré glazed cotton in the Austrian blind and tablecloth.

Seating – modern looks
By the end of the 18th century industrial fabric printing had resulted in more natural looking floral patterns and colours, mostly on light backgrounds. Today’s chintzes come in paint box fresh simple florals with a huge choice of background colours. Here, cushions and loose covers blend harmoniously with a striped, glazed cotton, roman blind.

Bedroom – plain and patterned
Plain walls and a neutral carpet on the floor balance the Jacobean looking print in these chintz curtains, covered bedhead and divan base. A quiet trellis patterned glazed cotton quit coordinates well with the busy patterned chintz without being too insistent. The wall lamps have plain brackets to emphasize this plainer chintz look.

Coordinating patterns
For an all over chintz look try mixing patterns. Here, floral patterns in similar colours link the curtains and upholstery. A plain glazed cotton tablecloth is less busy than a floral chintz would be for this style.

Living room – cottage
A plain white painted provides relief to the busy floral walls and matching chintz curtains. Muted reds in the Indian rug and cushion covers here blend perfectly with the bright pinks and reds in the fabric and wallpaper. The trompe l’oeil painted vase of flowers and cat add witty touches.

Sitting room – warm and practical
Warm apricots and cream are a practical choice with dark flooring and walls. The results is a less flowery look and a sunny all the year round feel to this seating arrangement.

Classic chintz is an essentially comfortable look and at home in both town and country settings. Walls can be plain painted, or papered in small scale trellis, florals or stripes; floral borders also help to emphasize the flowery chintz feeling. Floor coverings can be fitted carpets in neutral or pastel colours, or polished boards with oriental rigs. Lighting is atmospheric: table lamps with coolie shades of pleated chintz or silk shades in soft pastel colours. Wall lamps are either simple plaster candle bracket and shade fittings, or more ornate gilded sconces. Mix floral china in different patterns, fill china bowls with pot pourri to parfume the room. Plump, feather filled cushions covered in different chintzes make essential accessories. 

Line and shape
Wing back chairs are normally upholstery in heavy, hard wearing fabrics but the new, fresh chintz give a softer, more feminine look that contrasts particularly well with dark wood side tables and comfortable upholstery stools.

Wallpapers and fabrics
There is a lot of choice about in coordinating chintz style wallpapers, borders and fabrics. To mix and match these successfully use patterns of different scales and contrast large exuberant rosy florals with trellis and small all over prints.

Pick Victorian bone china in bright colours and curvy shapes. Have pretty chintz table linens in the dining room and floral boxes and bowls filled with pot pourri.

Chintz coolie shades have a modern feel; for traditional looks pick silk empire shades. Mix different chintz cushions with the occasional plain glazed cotton.

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