For this weeks Trending post we're going to discuss the look of Chinoiserie and how to incorporate it in your own home. In case some of you are wondering what is the definition of Chinoiserie is its: “A style in art reflecting Chinese influence through use of elaborate decoration and intricate patterns.” We are sure you have noticed many interiors that fashion the Chinoiserie look or features one bold Chinoiserie piece. These elaborate items are sure to make a statement in any room with Asian inspired brass hardware or intricate hand drawings. Cabinets and screens are very popular items that you may see...
A Chinoiserie cabinet like this one from 1st Dibs is very practical since they make great storage units, dining room buffets or TV units for your flat screen. Screens such as these from Lamps Plus are a nice way to divide spaces or create floating walls if you live in a loft or open space. Chinoiserie accessories including wall art, lamps, rugs, wallpaper, textiles and of course home furnishings are just a few items you can use in your own home.
For vintage inspired Chinoiserie pieces look that have a less decorative looks search for Ginger Jar Lamps, Pagoda Chandeliers like this one from Pieces, or Foo Dogs like these from CB2. Gold Vintage Asian inspired mirrors are very common painted in gold like this one from 1st Dibs or cabinets like this one that has some Asian inspired detailed but isnt overly decorated from Vintage and Modern inc.com.
Tips for buying Chinoiserie:
Look for pieces that are in good shape. If the hardware is missing or the hand painted detail is badly chipped its nearly impossible to replace or could be very costly to repair. Check that the doors and drawers open easily. If you see an item that needs some work perhaps you may not care that it has its own patina or is not perfect.
Where to buy Chinoiserie:
If you are looking to buy affordable Asian inspired or Chinoiserie pieces from Ebay or Craigslist some key words to go by is Hollywood Regency, Blanc de Chine, Ming, Oriental, vintage Asian, bamboo, Faux bamboo, foo dogs, James Mont, Billy Haines, Tony Duquette, and vintage Japanese and Chinese.
These beautiful wallpapers from Second Hand Rose would definitely make a statement in a bedroom placed behind a bed. We love the rich red colors of this wallpaper that would also look great installed behind a sofa to create a bold living room. Florence Broadhurst, a painter (among other professions) and designer, created a line of textiles in the early 1960’s from her influence of living in South East Asia and China. Her exquisite line of wallpapers can be purchased at Walnut Wallpaper.
Books on Chinoiserie
Designers that use Chinoiserie:
If you have a favorite Chinoiserie or Asian inspired piece in your home, please share it at our Apartment Therapy LA Flickr Pool. We would love to see how you have incorporated the look in your own home. Or If you know of some other great resources you would like to share, please add them.
Vanessa De Vargas is the owner of Turquoise, a Los Angeles furniture and interior decor business.