Chinoiserie is a french term meaning “Chinese-esque” referring to an artistic style used in decorating since the 17th century. It is artwork often characterized with Chinese imagery that includes motifs of temples, monkeys, pagodas, elephants, birds, dragonfly’s and butterflies. This style is unique as patterns can have various looks because of the way the pattern is colored. This gorgeous Hermes orange bedroom by Sara Story, is a lovely modern blend of traditional Chinoiserie with modern style.
The “Oriental Scenic” wallpaper below features temples, lotus flowers and Chinese lanterns. This is a subtle luxurious pattern that is perfect for high end foyers, dining rooms or guest powder rooms. The silk texture on top makes it look almost like a fabric on the wall. An easy pattern to live with yet reflects immense style. This type of design is almost becoming a staple with interior designers today as it provides a subtle textural backdrop.
These wallpaper designs are perfect patterns for all types of interiors . I love this bedroom as it reflects a calm yet decorative environment.
Even Oscar Wilde loved Chinoiserie as Zoella states below:
“This style of interior was fashionable in the 1890s, Oscar Wilde was a prominent figure in the promotion of Victorian Chinoiserie. He was famously ducked in a pond (forgive the pun) because his rooms at university were too opulent and fanciful!”
Chinoiserie used in interiors today can be opulent but also offer a clean crisp look like this bathroom.
The designer for one of The Apprentice TV show series featured our Oriental Scenic wallpaper design in black and tan in the foyer of the suites where the contestants resided during the competition. Very dramatic!
And if you need more pattern, try repeating it so the room has an overall uniform design statement. Why not be enveloped with pattern and color like in designers Lee Radziwill’s Paris apartment. Surrounding yourself with a Chinoiserie pattern is cozy!
Be inspired and add a little Chinoiserie style into your life!
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