Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: A Touch of Chinoiserie

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  I was talking with a friend the other day, and he asked me how I would define my design style.  Once upon a time, I would've told you that I have an affinity for a more traditional palette with a fresh feel.  But lately, I feel that my aesthetic is evolving, and it is hard to pinpoint a certain style or look I appreciate over others.  Certainly I still love traditional pieces, and I'll always adore the character antiques can bring to a space.  However, the rooms I seem to be gravitating towards most are mixed and eclectic.  They combine different styles, patterns, and colors in a seamless way that feels natural.  One particular style I love to see incorporated in to a room is chinoiserie.  Chinoiserie, meaning "Chinese-esque", can be brought in to a space on a small scale, such as through a painted piece of furniture, chair, or mirror: 


I love how the traditional feel of the painted Chinoiserie dresser is juxtaposed against the modern tulip chair here.  And Chinese Chippendale chairs, like the one below, translate well in almost any space:


I also love adding a touch of chinoiserie through a folding screen.  Not only is this an unusual decorative element, it also provides a place for hidden storage:





Thankfully, there are numerous fabrics and wallpapers that incorporate an Eastern feel. I love this China Seas Lyford Background fabric these headboards are upholstered in: 



And there's nothing more gorgeous in my book than a Chinoiserie wallpaper:



de Gournay wallpapers are extremely popular among interior designers, and for good reason.  Their sumptuous colors and detail create an unforgettable interior:


So, are you a fan?  What's your take on touches of chinoiserie?
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