Chinoiserie is a European interpretation of artistic Chinese and Japanese traditions. Characterised by whimsical patterns, lush landscapes and richly pigmented colours, it’s a beautiful way to bring pattern, colour and depth into your home decor.
To help you decorate with Chinoiserie, we've put together 6 ways to help you incorporate it into your interior.
Image @novakparkes featuring The Garden of Dreams Magical Pink Mural
Bring the wow-factor to your dining space
Chinoiserie design can really make a statement and where better to do it than in the dining space to impress your guests. We love how the Magical Pink of our Garden of Dreams mural has been paired with a deep, inky blue paint colour in this design by @novakparkes; the colour combination both commands attention whilst balancing the room, and the bird design creates a sense of fun and whimsy.
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Image @thehawkes_victorianrenovation featuring Crane Bird Rose Pink/Cream wallpaper
Create a soothing bedroom
Although Chinoiserie style can often mean a busy pattern, when chosen in a muted palette it can create a very soft and calming feel; perfect for a bedroom. The whimsical design of a typical Chinoiserie wallpaper can make a space feel otherworldly, creating the perfect environment to nod off to the land of dreams.
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Complement your period details
As it’s such a classic and timeless look, Chinoiserie design lends itself perfectly to a period property; fusing the old with the new and adding an injection of colour to a room. Wallpaper became hugely popular during the mid 18th Century, with Chinoiserie design in particular being a popular choice for the Georgians. So if your property was built around that time, pay homage to the era by choosing a Chinoiserie style wallpaper.
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Image features Rivington Pink wallpaper
Transform your bathroom into a colourful oasis
The rich pigments of Chinoiserie wallpapers can transform a room and take it from bland to bold & beautiful. Choose a paper to contrast with your wall colour for an impactful statement, and pair with details like panelling in a bathroom to create depth and interest.
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Make an entrance with a splash of colour
Impress your guests as soon as they walk in with a bold and beautiful Chinoiserie wallpaper like our Rivington Lush Green. There's no point in holding back in an entrance hall, as it's the first impression that count. Embrace bright colours and intricate patterns and be confident in your choices for the full effect.
Image @thisstyle_rocks featuring Wisteria Noir Black wallpaper
Be dramatic in a living space
Chinoiserie is all about bringing the drama, and there's nothing more dramatic than an all-black scheme. It exudes opulence and sophistication, with a little bit of the fun factor thrown in for good measure, and we love it as a backdrop for accessories rich in colour like emeralds and teal.