blue and white ticking (some inspiration and ideas)


Blue and white ticking fabric, also known as mattress ticking or French mattress ticking, is one of my go-to fabrics. It has been around for a very long time, and was originally used for its pragmatic feature of being thick and durable so that whatever the mattress was stuffed with wouldn’t poke thru. These days, it’s used for both its practicality and its aesthetic appeal.


So aside from being a down-to-earth fabric with a long history of usability, I think ticking goes with almost everything. And, it’s affordable (the links above will take you to some sources). I like what it does to a room—in some cases it brings it down and in other cases it adds to the rustic charm—however it works, it usually does the trick for me.

I’ve gathered some pretty examples of ticking used in various ways. I hope you find something that inspires you today!

Frank de Biasi

Custom wallpaper above and bold pairings with red.

House Beautiful
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Amanda Brooks

On chairs and ottomans it’s fresh and classic.


Sincerely, Marie Designs
Markham Roberts


One Kings Lane

Looking smart with black piping (above).  And it always looks good in a summer home (below).

Markham Roberts

In bedrooms it looks great mixed with other unexpected patterns or taking center stage.

Ralph Lauren Home
Elle Decor
One Kings Lane
India Hicks

Happy Friday!


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