Adventures in Chinoiserie

The leaves may be begging to fall off the trees but I want to hold onto the blooms  of summer and spring, so today my offering is full of chinoiserie. The style is mainly found in stately European homes and dates back to the seventeenth century. Chinoiserie reflected the exotic orient, Chinese blossoms and asymmetric sweeping branches in bloom with lacquer and shine. I think this opulent style of decoration can work just as well in a small modern home. It can add a little finesse and glow, a lovely antidote to the sometimes cold ice-white interiors.

To dip your toe into this exotic decorating style, try adding a piece of furniture and stick with a simple colour theme.

Blue walls and green oriental furniture

Or plunge right in! Isn’t this amazing? Imagine being a child in this place, your very own interior forest!!

Beautiful tree covered gold walls

The impact of this wallpaper is quite impressive! Probably it is a good thing it is placed behind the bed though, I might not sleep.

Bamboo four poster bed with giant plant wallpaper

I love the idea of doing it yourself, you can actually buy this wardrobe ready painted, and it is gorgeous, but with some wallpaper or clever painting you could transform dreary old scuffed furniture to a piece with a story to tell.

chinoiserie wardrobe in blue

If we are thinking old school then few beat the warmth of this cosy red chinoiserie room, comfortably layered.

Richly decorated home with red chinoiserie walls 

The immense beauty of the rose-copper hue in this wall is breathtaking, imagine this room bathed in late summer light.

silk chinoiserie set off by red stool

For a little more white I love this silvered interior. The blue blossoms add character to an open space.

Silver and berry hues interior

Try contemporary and contained. Even a Scandinavian inspired interior benefits from botanical blooms.

chinoiserie in a panel

A panel is a great way to add some chinoiserie style cheaply, especially if you are renting and can’t wallpaper.

Contemporary natural interior with framed wallpaper

I would so love this room to be mine. Despite the mix of pattern it seems so tranquil and inspiring, to curl up with a book or to sit and write would be a dream!

chinoiserie in green with dark wood

Chinoiserie is ripe for contrast. The intense blue works so well against the pale salmon pink and gilded wood.

pink panelled walls with blue chinoiserie

So many happy colours, who could be dreary in this room?!

Brightly coloured scenes on walls

What indulgence! A pink velvet sofa perfectly accents the turquoise chinoiserie walls.

Pink sofa and turquoise chinoiserie walls

Less fluid and natural but equally as exotic, the blue and white walls depict ceramics and furniture in a busy but lovely pattern. A red lacquered cabinet stands out a treat.

Blue ceramic inspired chinoiserie

Forget walls, think screens. Nothing says old glamour like an ornate screen. The lemon yellow and white combination freshen this traditional wooden panelled room.

Old but comfortable interior

Finally embrace the darker side of interior design with this lovely night time scene. Boats and lanterns look ideal for a little cloakroom where you can be bold and interesting.

Dark chinese inspired wallpaper in cloakroom

What a selection! So what do you think?


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