A Toile Kitchen
By H. Iacobacci-Miller
Whether you choose, blue, black, red, pink or brown, toile is a
great way to enhance any kitchen, especially if you like the shabby
chic or cottage looks. If you're looking to redo your kitchen, think
about repainting those outdated cabinets with a fresh coat of soft
white and add new door handles in an antiqued or brushed silver.
For a shabby chic kitchen, paint your walls a soft white or pale
blue or if you have a toile in a pale green, sage walls would be
ideal. Use a washing technque to give the walls an aged feel and
don't be afraid to paint that paneling.
antique or distressed white table is the perfect base for a beautiful
shabby chic toile setting. Use your fabric to create new seat covers
to spice up old chairs. If you like to sew, have a ball sewing up
linen napkins and table runners in coordinating fabrics like stripes
or pale solids.
center piece of pink or white roses add a touch of romance to your
table setting. For my table setting, I added eggs
that I decoupaged with toile tissue paper. Your imagination is your
If you like the more eclectic style, keep in mind that the shabby
chic is all about incorporating the beauty of antiques with the
new. Don't be afraid to mix and match old pieces of china with white
chargers. There's no rule that says that each setting must match.
Just keep your settings within the same color palate.
valances in your toile fabric and really dress up lace or battenburg
café curtains, even better, they're easy to make. Joann Fabrics
carries all the accessories needed to sew up your new curtains.
If you don't sew, don't worry, there is an endless supply of no-sew
products available to help you with your projects and decorating
Accessorize your counters and even your floors. Throw down rug
in an accent color or toile pattern. Use coordinating tea towels
and oven mits.