French Toile Bedding Tips For A Classic Touch™

French toile bedding is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity for bedroom decorating. What, you may be wondering, is French toile? Quite simply, French toile (twaal) is cotton fabric with all over floral or pastoral prints.

The most common colors are black, navy or blue, red, and green on white or cream backgrounds. These prints work great with French provincial or traditional bedroom furnishings. Genuine toile comes only from France and is quite airy, allowing it to drape well when used in bedding, draperies, bed canopies, or just about anywhere in the home.

Numerous bedding manufacturers offer French toile bedding that is sure to please. Let's look at some of the favorites more closely

Country Life Toile Black by Waverly features black on off-white print in a traditional 18th Centruly toile de Jouy motif coordinated with a classic country check print. Using three different fabrics, Country Life Black, Classic Ticking Black, and Cheerful Check Black, the ensemble offers a cozy, cottage feel to any bedroom.

Thomasville offers Provence, a whimsical twist on classic French toile. Using a sunny yellow background, the toile print features blue and white gazebo scenes framed in blue floral garlands. Blue and yellow awning stripes create a coordinating bed skirt and boudoir pillow. White and blue gingham check sheets add to the charm of this country-themed French toile bedding. Coordinating accessories are available to design a unique toile bedroom look you'll love.

A.J. Moss Victorian Park toile bedding line boasts elegant yet colorful toile prints on ivory. Choose from blue, red, green, or traditional black to depict the detailed scenes of this French toile bedding print. The comforter, shams, and reversible throw pillows reverse to gingham check print in the colors of the bedding. This gingham print continues on the matching bed skirt and European shams.

Cherrington is another offering from Thomasville in the French toile style. The sapphire and off-white tree of life pattern depicted on the comforter is offset by bold stripes on the bed skirt, European pillow shams, and throw pillows. Sheets are available which reflect the comforter colors, but in reverse colors, making this collection prefer for a master or guest bedroom.

Thomasville has really jumped into the French toile bedding niche. Bouvier, another of their designs, offer classic black and cream toile but updated with modern red accents. The bed skirt adds a leaf print and sheets complete the look using a black and cream windowpane plaid print. This great ensemble uses the beauty of the traditional mixed with flare of modern elements to create a French toile bedding collection that can fit into many less traditional bedroom designs.

Hope you enjoyed this little guide to Toile bedding. Now why not give it a try in your very own bedroom.€™t

by Patricia Bowlin

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