French or English?
Remember the Myers-Briggs? (The Jung-based personality test that determines whether an individual is fundamentally extroverted or introverted, a feeler or a thinker and so on.) Well a designer friend of mine believes that when it comes to interior decoration, everyone is essentially English or French.
She thinks someone with "French" taste would leave this settee from Providence as is, in its understated "Dior" grey, and maybe use in it a monochromatic room. An "English" person on the other hand would recover it with a pattern or mix it with a riot of other prints. Something along the lines of this.
[Peter Dunham bedroom photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna for domino, April 2008.]
However the French and English labels are imperfect, and a little confusing, because the French love pattern too and they can really rock the all-over print. (Rooms like Dunham's above, enveloped floor-to-ceiling with one print or multiple prints in one color scheme like red-and-white.)
Clearly Peter Dunham pulls from both the English and French, although I think of him foremost as master of the layered, well-traveled Anglo look.
In the 18th century both the English and French favored printed chintz and stylized florals imported from India. And beds in both countries were lavishly draped with fabric. A quintessentially British example is the four-poster Garrick bed made by Thomas Chippendale for the Thames-side villa of celebrated actor, David Garrick (1717-1779). It was hung with Indian textiles and today belongs to the V & A.
Bedroom shown top designed by Peter Dunham, as seen in House & Garden, August 2006. Room four also designed by Dunham as seen at dominomag.com.