Chintz: Back in Bloom!
A new generation of Southern tastemakers is returning to chintz, the fabric of their childhood. See how they're leading the charge to bring chintz back in bloom.
New Ways with Chintz
See how four of today's top young designers are treating this classic fabric, using what has long been considered a traditional textile in bold and modern ways. No longer relegated solely to wicker furniture and ruffled curtains, chintz is now being partnered with contemporary furniture, geometric prints, and vivid colors—a mix that gives chintz an edgy-yet-still-proper look. But for all of its hip, new surroundings, chintz remains at heart a traditionalist, bestowing a sense of domestic nostalgia that even we modern Southerners so often crave.
Home Base: Charlotte, NC
Known for: Adding modern punches to traditional interiors
I adore chintz because... it softens things. I work in some very modern homes, and using chintz is a great way to both feminize and offset modernism's hard lines.
Home Base: Great Falls, VA
Known for: Using organic elements to relax otherwise tailored interiors
I adore chintz because... it reminds me of my mom's and grandmother's houses. I have great memories of helping my mom select and coordinate her chintz sofa with chintz pillows and chintz curtains.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Known for: Colorful and comfortable rooms with an artistic splash
I adore chintz because… it combines my two favorite subjects: color and nature. And it’s such a happy fabric.
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Known for: Whimsical combos of colors and patterns
I adore chintz because… it’s like a feminine voice that’s always graceful, never shrill. Using even a little of the floral print sets just the right mood for a room.