Chinoiserie has been a popular home decorating style a few centuries ago and it looks like it’s back. Chinoiserie is largely influenced by all things Chinese and is all about incorporating these designs and motifs into the western world. People used to go crazy over this in the 17th century. But this time you’re just supposed to sprinkle a bit of chinoiserie instead of going overboard. So if you’re looking to redecorate your home or perhaps just add a new element into your home environment and make it look a bit more interesting here’s how you can do it.
One of the easiest ways to add a bit of chinoiserie into your home is to buy some pottery with a Chinese motif. All you need is a couple of vases, or perhaps a few decorative plates that you can put around the room and it’ll instantly freshen it up and add that bit of style to it.
2. Prints and Paintings
If you’re sure that you love this style you can invest in a beautiful painting, but if you’re just trying it out you can start with framed prints that you can put up on the wall and immediately make your space feel more styled and intentionally decorated.
Adding a cushion or two to your couch is so easy, but it can fully transform your couch and your whole sitting room area. All you need to do is pick out a cushion with a floral pattern in blue and white or a cushion with birds on it done in a Chinese style. It really is that easy.
Accent walls aren’t anything new, but why go with just one accent color when you can add that accent using wallpaper with a Chinese design on it. You can go as small or as big with the pattern as you’d like, but it’ll definitely become the focal point of the room.
Most of us have at least a little rug in the living room, just to make the area around the couch and the coffee table cosier. Why not use this piece of decor as a way to add some chinoiserie to the room. Pick a cool Chinese inspired pattern, if you can find a vintage-looking run – that’s even better.
6. Laquered Tables
While not everyone might be ready to get a whole bunch of furniture in such a specific style, getting a little coffee table in a chinoiserie style to have next to your couch is always a good idea. It’ll be there to hold your drinks and serve as a place for magazines but it’ll also be adding an element of style to the room. Chinese style furniture is typically very intricate and has decorative ornaments on it and is often lacquered, yet it goes well with simple minimalist furniture too.
7. Lacquered Cabinets
If you want to really make a statement, get a lacquered Chinese style cabinet. You can use it to store anything you want, but it’ll definitely give your room a whole new look. It’s just one piece of furniture but if you get a really cool vintage one – you really don’t need more than one.
8. Chinoiserie Sofa
The ultimate treat when it comes to chinoiserie decor is getting a sofa in this style. And the best thing about it is that you can pick and choose what’s more suitable for you. You can go for a classic Chinese shape and silk or satin fabric, or you can have a modern sofa but choose a Chinese patterned fabric for upholstery.