Since the 18th century, French toile patterns -with their fine line illustrations of pastoral scenes and landscapes- have transformed interiors into well-heeled spaces of sophistication.
Now designers are putting a twist on toiles that’s breathing new life into this centuries-old classic, making it a must-have for even the most contemporary homes. More witty than well-heeled, the look is fun, funky and totally of the moment. That’s why today’s toiles are something to raise your glass to and drink in with gusto.
And how do such attention-getting wallpapers work with floors? Absolutely fabulous. See what we mean…
Academia Blue wallpaper by Manuel Canovas Paris creates a mural-sized cabinet of curiosities. This large format toile is a mix of science lab essentials, nature elements and Edwardian motifs with a dash on Sherlockian style tossed in for good measure (think Benedict Cumberbatch sprawled across the sofa while conjuring his mind palace). Pair it with Adura® Vulcano luxury vinyl flooring (Cavern color shown here), a richly-hued, textured limestone look that grounds yet stands its own against such a bold toile.
Say ‘toile’ and most people think Pierre Frey. France’s luxury design house is famous for its ultra-traditional toiles and yet even they can’t resist trying the trend. Hong Kong Positif fabric tells the story of this ancient Asian city in a hand-drawn style that captures the energy of contemporary urban life. Pair it with French Oak (Caraway color shown here), a laminate floor with rich color and beautiful grain patterns.
London Toile Brights wallpaper by the U.K.’s Timorous Beasties (whose work has been described as “William Morris on acid”) depicts the modern London skyline in bright, vivid hues. For such punch-drunk colored toiles, ground them with a nature-inspired floor like Bastille Walnut (Tawny color shown here), a rustic hardwood with antiqued edges and accentuated character grain.
Spring is here. Time to liven up a twist of modern toile.