Chintz gets a modern style make-over

Say the word chintz and what springs to mind? Your grandma’s old curtains? Dated crockery? Or twee furniture circa 1970? The classic chintz patterns of heavy prints and dull hues are reminiscent of bygone era, where florals ruled and minimalism took a back seat. Chintz designs fell out of favour in the noughties, with people preferring a less cluttered style, and geometric patterns took centre stage, with colour popping hues at the forefront of many a designer’s palette. But now chintz is making a bit of a comeback, after two decades languishing in the stylists wasteland, with vivid colours and rich tapestries combining modern styled furniture and everyday objects.

We have chosen some fantastic chintz inspired goods, to show these modern pieces, and to showcase the wonderful re-emergence of chintz, from wallpaper to bed linen.


When you first think of chintz you automatically think furniture, so here is a gorgeous example of how chintz has changed, and how one simple piece can transform a room. The Donna Wilson’s Mabel Sofa is a great example of how a modern shaped sofa can incorporate a chintz print. The bucket style sofa hints at a North European heritage, whilst the natural fibres and wood enhance the overall appeal. Priced at £3225.00 and available from SCP.co.uk.

bramble leaf

For those who just want to dip their toes into the chintz style, you could start off with this beautiful set of Bramble Leaf Mugs. The William Watson West ‘Bramble Leaf Mug Set’ feature a floral design in spring colours of carnation, peppermint, mustard, lime green, cornflower blue or fuchsia and can be bought individually for £10 each, or as a set at £55. They are made from bone china and are dishwasher safe. Available from the Graduate Collection.


These days’ people no longer wallpaper their entire rooms, instead, they make a feature out of one wall by choosing a brightly coloured and intensely patterned wallpaper print. This one, by Laura Ashley, certainly fits the bill. The Summer Palace Multi/Crimson Wallpaper is an elegant and traditional print that depicts beautiful exotic birds and florals. The wallpaper is washable, meaning it can be hung in bathrooms or a kitchen. Costed at £28.80 per roll and available from Laura Ashley.


More wallpaper now but this time a fabulously modern uptake on traditional chintz by PiP Studio, in the shape of their PiP Studio Cherry Blossom Wallpaper. The cost is a rather steep £60 per roll, but as we said, we wouldn’t decorate the whole room using this paper, just a main wall to add interest and vibrancy. Available from John Lewis.

William West

Cheer up a dull living space with these fabulous chintz inspired cushions from William West. There are three to choose from, the Bramble Leaf Cushion in Pale Blue, which features a modern twist on the traditional chintz design; the Bramble Rose Cushion in Lime Green, an ideal accessory for both the country home and modern urban dwelling, and the Bramble Rose Cushion in Pale Blue, another British bird and floral design cushion. All cushions cost £45 each, measure 43cm x 43cm and are filled with a duck feather pad. Available from the Graduate Collection.


Finally, bed linen is a great way to add some chintz to your life, without committing to it full time. You can see if you like it enough to transport it into other areas of your living space, by including it in your bedroom first, and what a beautiful way to do it, with this fabulous PiP Studio Bird of Paradise Duvet Cover Set, priced at between £70.00 – £140.00 for a single or king sized duvet set. The set features a glorious and vibrant floral print that also features pretty birds of paradise with a contrasting border and striped piping. Available from John Lewis.

*Featured image is the Little Lady Chair, courtesy of Sofa Workshop.


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