CHINOISERIE, as inspiration for home decoration

Chinoiserie, from ‘chinois’ the French for Chinese, was a style inspired by art and design from China, Japan and other Asian countries.

(Thank you to the V&A website for that interpretation). Contemporary Chinoiserie exudes exoticism and opulence as a decorative style.


As I have a couple of very exciting chinoiserie style murals coming up in July and August, I have been frankly obsessed with checking out gorgeous inspiration on the web.  De Gournay is an amazing company that produces custom made painted wall coverings in silk, or directly onto the wall.  Their rooms are stunningly beautiful.


Another company producing bespoke walls with a distinct chinoiserie feel is Fromental.

Their ethos is to create exquisite handmade wallpapers and fabrics, sigh. Here is a beautiful example of their work in a restaurant.

A read about a mural artist called Frederick Wimsett recently and his work is absolutely gorgeous and definitely channeling the chinoiserie ethos with golds, birds of paradise and exoticism.

I am looking forward to completing a bedroom and a sitting room in chinoiserie style, with blossom and pagodas and hints of shimmer and gold. Researching the style has really inspired me, and I think I need to go and paint peacocks all around my house.

A while back I painted a bedroom in “Sudbury Yellow” from Farrow and Ball, which provided a nice rich backdrop for cherry blossom and butterflies.

The Creative Decorator

The Creative Decorator

The Creative Decorator

The Creative Decorator

And let’s not forget our furry friends, your dog can experience the chinese influence with a pagoda bed!


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