Decorating with Chinoiserie

Happy Friday, friends! I hope this week has been easy on you… Instead of fabric, today I’m going to share  some of my preferred Chinoiserie decor elements that are sure to bring a delicate and exotic vibe to any interior.

¨Derived from the French word ¨chinois¨, Chinoiserie is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater and musical performances. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was mostly popularized during the 18th century due to an increase in trade with China and the Far East.¨ (Wiki)

Though Chinoiserie has lost its general appeal and popularity, there is still great demand in interior design for Chinoiserie elements such as furniture pieces, mirrors, porcelains, wallpaper, fabric and even some rugs. Characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry and a focus on materials and stylized nature, decorative elements in the Chinoiserie style focus on subjects that are considered typically  Chinese, like pagodas, colorful flowers and birds or other exotic imagery. 

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Mark D. Sikes

Café Design | Chinoiserie

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Mark D. Sikes

Café Design | Chinoiserie

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Stacie Flinner

Café Design | Chinoiserie

Mark D. Sikes

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Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Mark D. Sikes

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

Café Design | Chinoiserie Style

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Café Design | Chinoiserie

Erin Gates

Café Design | Chinoiserie

Café Design | Chinoiserie

Mark D. Sikes

Cheers to the weekend!

xo,

Eva

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