Selecting Fabrics | Country French Guest Room

When it comes to finding inspiration, I often look towards fabrics. I’ll lay out several fabrics in the requested colour scheme and then have my clients select a few favourites that can be used as starting points. We are currently designing a guest suite for a homeowner who wants something serene, casual and chic. We came up with the concept of nouveau country french which incorporated our client’s love of  traditional furniture details, weathered finishes, and pretty patterns. Now it was time to select fabrics to complete that story. We scoured the showrooms and laid out fabrics that fit within her aqua to soft blue colour palette preference. Then, we asked our client to select a few that stood out to her. From these our client narrowed it down to three that really spoke to her. Then we built three separate schemes around her favourites for her to consider for her guest suite.


The first fabric our client was drawn to was this elegant mint green and taupe panel depicting birds and a heron. It’s by Schumacher (one of my favourite sources for prints) and part of the Mary McDonald collection. We used the same one in our office reception area in the pale blush tone and it is absolutely spectacular! We paired it with some neutrals and a minty green velvet by Robert Allen. This scheme turned out to be sophisticated and fresh. Here’s a snapshot of it below…


For the second option, we started with the pale blue and cream damask that our client had pulled from the initial pile of textiles we had presented. These would make lovely drapes. We found a stripe that mirrored the damask and an embroidered fabric with a diamond pattern to use as accent cushions. This lovely, watery scheme turned out to be very elegant and restrained.


Our final fabric collection revolved around the blue, cream and gold toile pattern that my client gravitated towards. The lovely scene of a baroque couple is romantic and takes you away to another place. With this fabric, we added a gold and blue herringbone (on the right) and a linen with a metallic thread (on the left). The embroidered fabric by Kravet at the bottom would be used as accent cushions on the bed.


It was not an easy choice our client to select one of these options for the guest bedroom. There were aspects of each that she really liked. Can you guess which one she selected? Drum roll please…….It was the first one, the minty green with the heron (which was secretly my favourite too). The cool green shade is just slightly different from the aqua and soft blue that is so prevalent today. It seems new and upbeat and I am excited about that! I’ll keep you posted on more of this bedroom in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoyed seeing into the process of selecting a fabric scheme.




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