Get the Look: How to style a chintz fabric sofa


 Classic with a twist, our Oliver chintz sofa captures the spirit of whimsical botanicals.

 Whimsical with over-scaled botanical patterns, our Get the Look is dedicated to the chintz fabric sofa - the latest inspiring chapter in the "greenification" of our homes. Optimistic and playful, we capture the spirit of a maximalist conservatory complete with our Oliver sofa in Chintz, Greenary as the hero print. Accessories are kept contemporary and fresh with rattan and naturalistic materials balancing the fanciful side of this nature-inspired fabric.

"Chintz, Greenery is a botanically inspired large scale motif of ferns," shares Laura Barnard, Buying & Merchandising Manager, Arlo & Jacob. "As with all vintage fabric prints, they look stunning when juxtaposed with modern materials and details that keep them feeling contemporary."

 Further, from forest green, emerald to olive, moss, and sage, the demand for green has made headlines alone for paint and indoor plant sales. Its commercial popularity has spilt over into fabric sales, too, with homeowners investing in all things greens. From sofas to wallpapers, botanical prints are flourishing in our homes.


Chintz patterned fabrics are the latest chapter in botanical maximalism that ties the Victorian era's love of displaying plants with 21st-century sustainability.

Historically chintz has fallen in and out of vogue, from its height of popularity in the romantic 1940s to its public denouncement with Ikea's 1996 'Chuck Out Your Chintz' campaign. In 2021 it seems a combination of cottagecore maximalism and sustainability equals a chintz fabric comeback.

Auction sales results are often seen as a Geiger Counter for cultural shifts within the decorative arts. In January 2020,  readings must have been off the scale at the Sotheby's auction of Mario Buatta's "the Prince of Chintz" estate. One of the last great decorative auctions before the pandemic took hold; its results revealed a shift towards maximalism. The two-day sale of the famed decorator's 1980s maximalist objects and furniture realised $7.6 million. "There's a lot of people fed up with monochromatic interiors, with all this emphasis on hotel-like environments, and newly excited by Mario's maximalist style," Dennis Harrington, head of Sotheby's English and European furniture department in New York, told the New York Times. 

It seems the Prince of Chintz and Buatta's favourite fabric popularity has only grown. "We are confident that chintz's popularity is lasting and impactful," adds Laura Barnard. "It seamlessly blends with traditional or modern interiors and speaks of a larger trend towards sustainability."


Shop the Look

1. Ned Standing Lamp, Pooky, £270

2. Mobile Rattan Pendent light, MarketSet, Trouva, £484.99

3. Old Ochre Paint, Fired Earth, from £26

4. Rattan Daisy Mirror, Medium, Green, Soane Britain, £1600

5. Scallop Rug, Salvesen Graham, Jennifer Manners, £,370 per sq metre

6. Ollie Plant, Pointless Plants, £99

7. Haws Copper Watering Can, The Future Kept, £95

8. Archie Ottoman, Small, Cotton Velvet, Fir, Arlo&Jacob, £645

9. Green Ceramic Vase, Ronaldo Wiltshire, Motions of Clay, £00

10. Oliver Sofa, Medium, Chintz, Greenary, Arlo&Jacob, £2495

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