If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more romance into your interior design, we’re about to simplify that job: do it up with damask. Whether on furniture, rugs, walls, or accessories, damask—a time-tested weaving technique that harks back to the Middle Ages and that usually features florals, animals, pastoral images, and royal crests—is a beautifully rich, feminine, and vintage-inspired touch.
Use a tri- or multicolor damask for an Old World look, or try a high-contrast two-tone like black and white or hunter green and white for a more modern approach. We especially love a flocked metallic damask wallpaper in silver and a saturated color (like this teal) for intimate spaces like the bedroom, bathroom, or living room; save the faded effects or pastels for kitchen and entryway walls and the dining room table. A two-tone in a deep hue like chocolate and ivory is perfect for upholstery and accessories in the den or office—his or hers. When it comes to bedding, we prefer to drift off under calming, pale hues like aqua or seafoam.