Thursday, 2 June 2011

Romantic French Fabrics - Powder Blue

This is the second in my series of posts about fabulous fabrics for French style interiors. In this post features pretty shades of the softest powder blue through to deepest indigo in perfectly faded florals, delightful ginghams, Toile de Jouy and ticking stripes.
Above image: Cabbages and Roses 
FABRICS: 1.Bennison  'Chinese Paper' 100% linen - colour shown: blue on oyster 2.Clarke and Clarke 'Clifford Check'100% linen -colour shown:Denim 3.Bennison 'Phoenix Negative' 100% linen - colour shown:blue on oyster 4.Clarke and Clarke 'Cove Check'100% linen -colour shown:Denim

Above images: Kate Forman Fabrics

FABRICS: 1.Bennison 'Faded Floral' 100% linen colour shown - Blue on Oyster 2.Tinsmiths 'Cotton Ticking' 100% cotton colour shown - Dove 3.Nordic Style 'Blue Check Small' 100% cotton colour shown - Blue 4.Brocante Fabrics 'Petits Oiseaux' 100% tumbled linen colour shown - French Blue on white 
Above images - ANTIQUES: 18th Century Atelier
FABRICS: 1.Tinsmiths Linen Union French Toile linen/cotton blend colour: Silver 2.Clarke and Clarke 'Cove Check'100% linen -colour shown:Denim 3.Robert Alan 'Crystal Springs' 100% cotton colour: Aqua 4.Clarke and Clarke 'Clifford Check'100% linen -colour shown:Denim
Above images: Kate Forman Fabrics
Fabrics: 1.Brocante Fabrics 'Cabane-Rose' 100% tumbled linen colour: Ciel on white 2.Titley and Marr 'Provence Toile' 100% cotton colour: cornflower 3.Bennison Fabrics 'Liliana' 100% linen colour: pale blue on oyster 4.Pretavivre 'Classic Toile' 100% cotton colour: silver 5.Nordic Style 'Blue Small Check' 100% cotton colour: blue
Above image: Kate Forman Fabrics

Just a note: I have compiled these fabric combinations working from images online so please forgive me if in reality they don't work as well together! Most shops are happy to provide swatches.    


Catherine said...

Oh this is lush! I am loving the Kate Forman images.


KiwiStyle said...

Stunning as always. Can't go wrong with blue and white. Jane :)

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Glenda,
I love all the fabulous fabrics and all the images here! You are always doing a nice job to display the fabrics and paint colors in this way! Fantastic! The Kate Forman fabrics are gorgeous!
Seeing all these, I could immediately re-upholster all my seats and cushions!!
I wish you a nice day my friend!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such generous compliments! I'm thrilled that you love these fabrics as much as I do, for me the blue & white colour scheme epitomises the French romantic look. Warmest wishes - Glenda

Noamaja said...

Love those powdery blue shades! I also love the carpet flooring!

Have i nice weekend!


letrecivette said...

I love all!
Nice week end!

The enchanted home said...

This post truly took my breath away.......all my favorite blue/gray shades, and then pair them on a french setttee and its perfection. Such an inspirational post..makes me want to go and plan a room around it right this very minute!! Beautifully done....

LaPouyette said...

This fabrics and color shames are to die for!
Very great post and a highly inspiring blog!

I agree with 'the enchanted home' - beautifully done!

Greetings from the Périgord,

And thank you very much for visiting my blog and being a follower!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much!

Ann said...

I, too, swooned looking at the loveliness of the muted blue. I like it best with the whitewashed wood, but the fabrics you chose are just breathtaking.

And I love how you combine the paint swatches for further inspiration!

Susan T said...

Well I want them all! too lovely to have to choose between them.

You have been tagged - please see my post today, however I really do understand if you are too busy.

Sue x

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

I'm so glad you like them Sue and no never too busy to visit someone who leaves such a lovely message!

Pamela said...

Gorgeous Glenda and that first photo is my favourite!! I love these colours too!!
Pamela xo

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Glenda

I love the mix of the simple cotton checks with the gorgeous patterned linens. It's a very clever meshing of the simple with the luxurious.


Just White said...

AGAIN!!! Lovely fabrics!!! And in blue one of my favourite colours!!!
Thank you so much!

Have a lovely weekend,


Anonymous said...

this is a good post for someone with a settee obsession – that someone would be me

have a wonderful weekend ;-)

Anonymous said...

Well, all I can say is that I love everything in this post. Blue is my favorite color...All shades from the palest blue grey to the darkest navy blue. This is a wonderful post!

The furniture is gorgeous. The buffet and settee among my favorites!

Cheery regards,


manon 21 said...

Merci de tes gentils mots ,ton reportage bleu me plait autant que le rose.

Belle journée


Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I love all the fabrics and images. Every single one makes my heart beat faster. The stripe drapes and settee in the first image are to die for. Have a wonderful weekend. Mona

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely compliments! Have a truly gorgeous weekend!

designchic said...

I love EVERYTHING about the first image, from the wall color, to the horizontal striped drapes, to the gorgeous settee...perfection!!

Kifus said...

Such beautiful and romantic fabrics! Wish I could find a shop here in Peru with such a lovely selection. No such luck yet!

Hope you are having a splendid weekend!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

What a wonderful selection of fabrics and such beautiful images! I adore the Cabbages and Roses sofa with the mix of stripes, toiles and florals in such soft blues. Just lovely. Have a wonderful week. x Sharon

chateaudelille said...

Kate Forman certainly does beautiful fabrics! Once again, a beautiful post. I really enjoy your blog and style!! Fiona

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Very pretty. My bedroom is powder blue and I am trying to figure out the drapes. This is so helpful.

Unknown said...

Oh these are beautiful, swoon worthy colours and fabrics! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog. Warm wishes, Kerry

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenda
Beautifully put together! I dont know if my fabric collection just launched would / could ever inspire you to blog about. Help yourself to images if at any point you would like to, it would be an honour.. its Many thanks. Kimberley Bell.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh Kimberley I've just had a look at your web site ( and your fabrics and interiors are DIVINE!!!!!!! Thank you so much I would love to include your gorgeous images in my posts! Warmest wishes - Glenda

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my gosh...I just found you blog! Everything is ssoooo beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!