Find out if you are more English Country Garden or French Provincial Charm
We are celebrating European style. If you love cosy English country cottages or lean toward stately French manors, you aren’t alone. Laura Ashley herself was inspired by English country decor just as much as formal French style.
Our two new fabric collections – Heritage and Romantic Opulence – celebrate European design with these equally as stylish but very different aesthetics.
Drawing inspiration from the past, particularly welsh patchwork quilts, the Heritage collection marks the humble beginnings of Laura Ashley when Laura and Bernard Ashley printed headscarves on their kitchen table.
The Romantic Opulence collection is aspirational, capturing French romanticism to create a sense of escapism in soft and airy barely-there colours.
With Mrs Ashley’s example of a life well-lived and a home that speaks to your personality, here are our tips for finding a fabric that reflects the best parts of you.
The Romantic: Fabrics depicting wild roses and birds parading across intertwined branches speak to the heart of the romantic. Love is in the air with our extensive collection of Eglantine fabrics. If more is more for your romantic heart and you love matching fabrics and wallpapers, look at our Eglantine wallpaper collection.
The Formal Fan: The designs of our Romantic Opulence collection have an essence of European aristocracy with a beautiful feminine touch. The Martigues fabric collection features a romantic damask design inspired by an antique piece of silk discovered within our extensive Laura Ashley archive. A classic palette in the most stunning shades, the Martigues print gives neutrals a new name while keeping the aesthetic very French provincial.
The Confident Lady: The colour navy embodies strength. It is no wonder blue is one of the most popular colours for Laura Ashley fans. The Lady Fern French Navy Embroidery fabric balances a bold navy with delicate embroidery of a simple daisy and feather-like branch design from the 1970s. This is an ideal fabric to create a strong, feminine look in bedrooms and living rooms, ideal for curtains, shades and soft furnishings.
The Optimist: Reach for the happiest colours in the world if you are an optimist: Yellow and Orange. Radiating charm and elegance, the Heritage Collection includes shades of Dijon, a muted yellow tone that channels summer optimism, and Tomato, a warm toasted shade of red. To ensure your room remains fun and vibrant, add a pop of colour and pair it with corresponding colours.
The Charmer: If cosy spaces and cottage charm resonate with your personality, choose timeless woven checks and stripes. With a classic colour pallet including Dijon Yellow, Bottle Green, French Navy, and more, the Gingham fabric collection and the Candy Stripe fabric collection are as close to the perfect fabric as you can get. Each can stand alone or mix well with other prints, especially if you love an eclectic collection of statement embroideries, luxurious geometric velvets, and simple micro prints, which can be mixed and matched to create a new modern style.
Which one of these collections fits your personality? Does English Country Garden or French Provicinal Charm describe you? Comment below or tag us at @lauraashleyusa or #lauraashleyusa.