Design by John Barman
For too long now, I have been estranged from chinoiserie. As I have begun to see it in more places (and in a myriad of applications), I am growing warmer to it all the time.
Generally colorful and ornate, chinoiserie style makes for fabulously fun and intriguing interiors. Mary McDonald is a fan, using cool white, oriental accents to make these rooms (above and below) exotic, yet modern.
You can use just a hint of far east flair (like Sara Story does above with a sturdy black sideboard), or you can go all out, layering chinoiserie-inspired patterns, fabrics, china, and furnishings like Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke do in the room below. I am loving that wallpaper, mirror, and lamp! (What can I say; I am a sucker for bold interiors!)
Lee Radziwill and Miles Redd warm up the living areas above and below, respectively, using intricately patterned fabric and scarlet tones.
Room by Angie Hranowsky
One popular place to bring in that foreign feel is the dining room. I love the elaborately crafted backs of the chairs used by Hranowsky and Wearstler and that gorgeous wallpaper (and fabulous light) used by Nye! There are so many possibilities to create interesting, engaging interiors!
Room by Joe Nye
Dining area by Kelly Wearstler
Whether you use seating, wallpaper, fabric, or china, chinoiserie will prove to be a wonderfully colorful and exotic addition to any interior.
If you are a fan of this style, you simply must check out the Chinoiserie Chic blog: a fabulous resource for your daily dose of Far East inspiration!
Design by Michelle Nussbaumer