Farmhouse chic is about to be replaced.
Move over chippy paint and industrial elements repurposed as light fixtures. Say hello to a touch of glamour with chinoiserie.
Chinoiserie, from the French word chinois, meaning “Chinese”, or “after the Chinese taste” is a Western aesthetic inspired by Eastern design. That is a fancy way of saying art, textile, pottery and other design trends with fanciful Asian-inspired motifs. The most notable chinoiserie elements are traditional foo dog or temple jars painted with scenes from the East.
But the heart of chinoiserie goes beyond the Chinese pagoda and blue and white pottery. The look, wildly popular in the 1960s in well-to-do homes, is about mixing traditional pieces with pops of color and a touch of whimsy.
Think cheetah print pillows mixed with the traditional blue and white pottery. Or a lacquered bamboo mirror in Chinese red.
Though a room full of chinoiserie style can be breathtaking, you can start with just a dollop. Even a touch of chinoiserie adds a more sophisticated touch to modern or traditional decor.
The classic style mixes well with almost every design style. From modern to traditional to mid-century and transitional, it plays well with other styles and colors.
What are chinoiserie elements that are making a strong mark in the design world? Greek key motif, faux bamboo items painted in high gloss lacquer or matte brass, animal print and blue and white mixed with pops of green or orange.