Lately Loving: Chinoiserie


It doesn’t make total sense, but there is something about summer that makes me yearn for a little chinoiserie in my life. Maybe it’s the serene white and blue ceramics (like in this gorgeous patio) or possibly the presence of bamboo and other seemingly ‘exotic’ textures and materials. I think one of the big reasons I pine for chinoiserie is partially because I have absolutely zero of it in my current home design.  After today, however, I might have to change that.  I have picked out a few decor examples of how to get a hint of chinoiserie in your home without going totally overboard!  I have an example of Chinoiserie in a classic home, a mod home, a coastal home, and a whimsical home!  Let’s go!

garden stool


Blue and white ceramics are synonymous with chinoiserie style and are very classic pieces.  If your style is traditional, get a piece of this look with a little garden stool, ginger jar, or vase.  We have Three more styles to cover!

bar cart


For modern styled homes, it’s so easy to incorporate chinoiserie style.  Golden bamboo details are the perfect way to stay true to the heritage of this design and also stay mod and funky.  I love this particular bar cart because it’s simple, but still totally stylish.

pagoda mirror


I’m a pretty big fan of how this pagoda mirror looks in an otherwise coastal bedroom.  Like what I said before about the beachy blues and white, this style can add a totally gorgeous style dimension to preppy nautical style.

upholstered chair


Toile is completely classic French, so would it surprise you that the French are responsible for creating some of the early chinoiserie fabrics?  They look quite alike, no? Rumor has it that the chinoiserie prints were created by Europeans and were their fantasies of what life in the far east was like. I think that is so interesting! The color combination in this chair are perfect for a whimsical home. The color of the frame might have drawn me in because it looks oddly similar to a project I worked on recently (will share soon!)

So, are you convinced?  There is TONS of inspiration out there for chinoiserie style… Just see the gorgeousness that I pinned yesterday!


Have a happy Thursday, all!


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