They were history for over a decade, Damask and Toile fabric looks. Their look was heavy and dated, screamed 1960′s decadence and 1970′s over-the-top decorating. An interesting thing happened in the last couple of years, they underwent a make over, I would even consider the new softer, less intense presentation that these prints can offer a window opening, chair or room. We are going to focus solely on black and white damask print. While the damask print is pretty traditional – the combination of black and white give it a very modern and chic edge. If you’re considering using damask and toile fabrics – you’ll definitely want to consider the black and white trend.
-Damask is actually a weaving technique of threads that creates a reversible pattern.
-The softer look of today’s Damask is often a white background color over-layed with one foreground color.
-Don’t go overboard with Damask in a room. Use only on furniture, walls or drapes not all three or even two, that’s the old busy and heavy look. Select complementary solid colored drapes.
-The hippest look is jewel-tone damask, a knock-out. Don’t be shy about mixing gold’s and silvers.
-Tone-on-tone Damasks are a great way to test-drive if Damask is right for you.
-Black and white Damask is the edgiest of the new Damask looks, it’s going to pave the way for the retro Mid-60′s black and white revival in interior design circles.
-Not sure Damask is right for you? Add some new Damask accessories such as throw pillows, decorative glass or roman shades. A quick pick-me-up for any room.
-High-end Damask in silk are coming back strong-though they tend to remind me of the earlier over-done look. Be careful with silk it can formalize anything faster than you think.
-Toile’s have been creeping back into vogue longer than Damask. Known to portray pastoral scenes and tales, they have been revamped with a fresh look-adding North American scenes. Old-line Toile’s were a mainstay in Britain, but now, many US based companies manufacture Toile fabrics and wallpapers.