The timeless appeal of toile fabric has transcended from the traditional French Country look to a chic pattern employed in the most modern interiors. No longer confined to classic French pastoral scenes, contemporary toile prints comprise worldly scenes from Brooklyn, London and Stockholm to coastal icons along Massachusetts, floral designs or exotic pictures of tropical flora. Even though toile prints are available in many colors, the calming tones of blue toile print on a white or cream background finds favor with several decorators.
Patches of Blue
The timeless appearance of white and blue toile fabric lends a nod toward coastal or cottage color schemes. Shades of light blue toile on walls provide a light and airy texture in rooms with abundant natural light. Bright, highly saturated cobalt blue walls framed with crisp, pure white trim dazzle the eye with sharp contrast, reminiscent of cotton ball clouds against a sunlit summer sky. Duplicate the navy blue of a darker toile print in an accent wall supporting a fireplace or bed.
Walls of White
Deciding upon the white to match your blue toile accents can present a challenge when you’re standing in front of heaps of paint chip samples. Bring a fabric sample with you to the store to help limit your choices. Examine the toile’s background to determine whether it is an unadulterated white or more of a cream or ivory, as the lighting in the room also impacts the manner color appears on the wall. Rooms with northern exposure or limited natural light can provide pure white a gray undertone and draws out any blue tones from the white. Creamy whites with yellow or peach undertones will help warm a low light room while still contrasting pleasantly with the blue toile prints. Alternatively, emphasize the cool tones of blue toile using white with green undertones or layer that the room with tone on tone tints of white and cream.
Complement the repeating scenes in blue on a toile patterned accent bench, curtains or throw pillows having an earthy shade of brown over the walls. Brown and blue help balance a room using a natural mix of cool and warm tones. A light shade of tan or beige adds a slightly old, antique feel as the backdrop to the toile. Go dark and dramatic with a chocolate brown accent wall in a dining room featuring a blue toile table runner or similar patterns over the dinnerware.
Inspire a contemporary feel by pairing white and blue toile fabric or upholstery with various shades of gray on the walls. As a contemporary interior paint color, gray adds a feeling of style and elegance to contemporary settings. The 3 undertones of gray — blue, green and purple — reveal similarities, as both green and purple have blue in their makeup. Some shades of gray have also an underlying hint of brown or beige, which pairs naturally with blue.