4 Ways To Work With Toile At Home

Give this classic print a modern twist with these ideas


Toile or toile de jouy is a type of linen created in the 1700s and widely used in Europe for decorating purposes. Patterns that used to depict pastoral scenes such as picnics and people frolicking in the sun have since evolved into more modern designs to match the changing times.

Toile is not an unusual thing to see around the home as it's an easy way to add a touch of luxury and a bit of French flair to any space. However, since it is an elaborate print, overdecorating with it is also inevitable. To help you avoid styling mishaps before they happen, check out four ways you can experiment with this first-class fabric: 

Main photos from: Panda's House and Trendir

Make a statement by matching the wallpaper with the upholstery. 

For a truly eye-catching aesthetic, scour the shops for panelling and fabric with the identical pattern. (If not, you can always work with similar colors.) Place your feature wall and seating in the same spot and let that be the focal point of your decor. Balance the space with white and beige accessories. 

RL Tip: Can't find printed chairs? You can always get an affordable alternative and hire a pro to cover it with your chosen material.  

Photo from Panda's House

Take risks with print-on-print. 

If matching your walls with your furniture isn't daring enough for you, try putting patterns together. Make sure you work with contrasting colors and scales to keep prints from clashing. Keep the accessories at bare minimum to avoid going over-the-top. 

Photo from Paperblog

Use it sparingly. 

Since toile can be quite loud, you can play with the idea of using it as an accent instead of a statement piece. Liven up monochrome bedding with pops of color by adding a printed blanket or a couple of pillowcases. 

Photo from hardaker & pope

Incorporate it through homeware. 

If chunky furniture isn't your style but you still want to inject toile into your space, consider adding hints of it through smaller pieces like dinnerware. Make the print stand out even more by pairing it with solid-colored ceramics in the same shade. 

Photo from Trendir.

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