Delicate details, fantastical flourishes. A 17th century fusion of Asian decorative elements, Chinoiserie never seems to go out of style.
East Meets West
Chinoiserie literally means “Chinese-esque.” Pronounced “shin-wahz-ree,” this French term refers to a mix of Asian decorative elements adapted by European craftsman in the 17th century.
Imitating the delicate trailing flowers, fanciful creatures and pagoda shapes found in Chinese porcelain, artisans copied the style onto objects, wallpaper and even architecture. Chinoiserie still lends a fresh and exotic flair to a space, easily meshing with a range of decorating styles.
The most characteristic example of Chinoiserie, vibrant blue and white porcelain jars enliven a tabletop or mantel with their dynamic designs. Inspired by Ming Dynasty creations, pieces like our Dragon Ginger Jar add unmistakable impact.
Chinoiserie’s feminine flair adapts well to bedrooms and baths. An easy way to incorporate the style is with throw pillows, bath linens or even bedding, as with the charming Margeaux Chinoiserie Bedding, which flaunts lush peonies and long-plumed birds in subdued watercolor-like shades.
Around the house, accent pieces also showcase a penchant for Chinoiserie. Our exquisite Silver Leaf Aviary Panels transform a room from so-so to sublime, beautifully enlivening neutral upholstery like the misty-hued Blake Sofa.
Just the Thing
Chinoiserie truly brings a certain je ne sais quoi to virtually any room. Whether you’re establishing a focal point or an entire theme, you can be assured the style will add timeless elegance.