Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog.
In this installment: prints and patterns in home decor.
Faux bois refers to a pattern that mimics the grain of wood. It’s a trendy look that can be found in wallpaper, rugs and home accessories.
The iconic ticking stripe usually features one stripe flanked by two thinner stripes. It’s often used in more casual interiors and is associated with a French country look.
A damask print is comprised of a two-tone color palette featuring this slightly floral design. You can often find damask prints used in table linens, wallpaper and fabrics.
A toile, or toile de Jouy, is a pattern that is usually depicted on an ivory or creme background. It features a pastoral theme, traditionally shown in a single color, often black or blue. This pastoral scene is repeated throughout the entire fabric. Toiles originated in Ireland, but are associated with Britain and France as well.
An ikat (pronounced E-kat) refers to a pattern in which the colors look as if they’ve bled into the fabric weave. While many ikat patterns aren’t created using the traditional ikat method of weaving together dye-resistant threads, they re-create the same distinctive look.
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