Tole Time

The art of tole — painted, enameled, or lacquered tinplate used to make decorative domestic objects — began in 18th century England. America saw a resurgence of the decor in the ‘60s, and it’s coming back once again.

Decorators and designers use tole-painted, ornamental wares as conversation pieces. Elaborately decorated, they seem to always catch and hold the eye: 

Vintage tole trays are being used as fabulous wall art, giving a unique personality to the walls: 

Another option is to create lovely vignettes on tabletops and shelves for decoration:

How can you add your own flair to this rich decorating tradition? Visit my Tole pinboard to gather inspiration for bringing tole painting into today’s modern living spaces.




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