Here are some of my favourite fabrics and websites for reference.
Ralph Lauren Home is a great source for classic prints. These three are examples of traditional toiles and one- and two-colour floral prints on muddy taupe backgrounds. I think a darker background feels more modern than a white background and gives weight to the print. From left: And They’re Off! Toile in Pink; Beaumont Blockprint in Ink; Cote d’Azure Floral in Poppy. Ralph Lauren Home.
Ralph also has wonderful paisley patterns. The top one, Waltham Paisley, is being used in this year’s Princess Margaret Home Lottery showhouse that we’re just finishing up — ready for you to tour this September! The middle print, Dovima, was used in last year’s showhouse on the ottoman in the living room (right). It’s very dramatic because it’s printed on linen, which gives the colours extra depth. From top: Waltham Paisley in Loden; Dovima Linen Paisley in Onyx; Traquaire Paisley in Bordeaux. Ralph Lauren Home.
I like these stripes because they are random and restful. The bottom two are especially calm and could be used in place of solids. Clockwise from top left: Cap Ferrat Stripe in Azure; Maritime Linen Ticking in Riviera; Ice House Stripe in Barn; Driftwood Stripe in Squid Ink. Ralph Lauren Home.
Tribal prints from all cultures are a personal favourite. I think they lend a sense of history and soul to a room. The middle and right prints are both North American Aboriginal woven prints that I have used for throw pillows on a khaki sofa — they looked great! From left: Galapagos in Lapis; Shakopee Blanket in Canyon; Sacred Mountain Blanket in Churro. Ralph Lauren Home.
This one is a tone-on-tone damask that works well with other patterned fabrics. Bedford Crest in Coronation Red. Ralph Lauren Home.
John Robshaw prints are usually small, all-over patterns on soft cotton, perfect for bedding and table linens. These are some of my favourite examples. Clockwise from top left: Maansi Walnut; Champa Vista; Algiers Lotus; Vintage Stripe Kashmir; Diggi Lotus; Indigo Diamond Ikat. John Robshaw Textiles.
I love these three prints from Les Indiennes. The first one, Yvette, is actually a large 8″-long teardrop paisley pattern on a solid background that you can buy as a duvet cover. I have it on my bed (above). From left: Yvette; Timothee; Pippi. Les Indiennes.
Victoria Hagan is a great resource for graphic prints with fresh, dramatic patterns. Clockwise from top left: White Dove in Coral Red; White Dove in Citrus; White Dove in Espresso; Early Spring in Espresso; Early Spring in Sky; Early Spring in Lilac; Early Spring in Coral; White Dove in Indigo. Victoria Hagan Home.
David Hicks also produces strong graphic prints that I’m drawn to. This Domino cover shows a curved Chippendale-style love seat in a geometric print that I think is so unexpected and current. From top: La Florentina in Wine/Magenta, Blue and Aqua. David Hicks.
George Smith and Bennison Fabrics offer quiet, restful floral prints. The “tea-stained effect” lends a vintage look. From left: George Smith Gollut Number 15; Bennison Fabrics Roses in Regular Blue on Beige Linen.
London’s Andrew Martin is the source for English motifs like crests, flags and banners. The bottom left print, Magna Carta, is a classic that I have used on a small hall chair with great effect like in the photo above. From top: Fante Flags Red in Red; Magna Carta in Red. Andrew Martin Fabrics.
Decorating with prints is an easy way to bring character into a room. Please, send me your favourites — I would love to learn about any new resources.
Hope the rest of your summer is warm and lazy!
1. From left: And They’re Off! Toile in Pink (LCF18840F); Beaumont Blockprint in Ink (LFY64037F); Cote d’Azure Floral in Poppy (LFY64050F), Ralph Lauren Home
2. From top: Waltham Paisley in Loden (LFY63007F); Dovima Linen Paisley in Onyx (LFY40272F); Traquaire Paisley in Bordeaux (LFY63003F), Ralph Lauren Home
3. Clockwise from top left: Cap Ferrat Stripe in Azure (LFY64106F); Maritime Linen Ticking in Riviera (LFY64079F); Ice House Stripe in Barn (LFY60458F); Driftwood Stripe in Squid Ink (LFY50151F), Ralph Lauren Home
4. From left: Galapagos in Lapis (LFY50039F); Shakopee Blanket in Canyon (LFY64164F); Sacred Mountain Blanket in Churro (LFY64179F), Ralph Lauren Home
5. Bedford Crest in Coronation Red (LFY50465F), Ralph Lauren Home
6. Clockwise from top left: Maansi Walnut (JRCL 12-04); Champa Vista (JRL 02-04); Algiers Lotus (JRL 77-58); Vintage Stripe Kashmir (JRL 21-18); Diggi Lotus (JRL 41-58); Indigo Diamond Ikat (JRIK-03), John Robshaw Textiles
7. From left: Yvette (38); Timothee (76); Pippi (46), Les Indiennes
8. Clockwise from top left: White Dove in Coral Red (4002-03); White Dove in Citrus (4002-02); White Dove in Espresso (4002-05); Early Spring in Espresso (4001-05); Early Spring in Sky (4001-02); Early Spring in Lilac (4001-03); Early Spring in Coral (4001-06); White Dove in Indigo (4002-04), Victoria Hagan Home from Decorati
9. From top: La Florentina in Wine/Magenta (2430-GWF-97); La Florentina in Blue (2430-GWF-51); La Florentina in Aqua (2430-GWF-136), David Hicks from Kravet/Lee Jofa; Spring/Summer 2005 Domino cover from Flickr.com
10. From left: Gollut Number 15, George Smith; Roses in Regular Blue on Beige Linen, Bennison Fabrics
11. From top: Fante Flags Red in Red; Magna Carta in Red, Andrew Martin Fabrics