Chinoiserie refers to a traditional European take on romantic orientiental style, infusing all types of Asian influences. The style is bright and graphic and manages to look both fresh and timelessly elegant at the same time.
One of the main characteristics of chinoiserie is the use of layered blue and white prints on ceramics, fabrics and wallpapers.
However, this interior style isn’t just beautiful to look at. It can also have beneficial effects on your mood too. The use of the colour blue, coupled with white, promotes a sense of tranquility and calm. Images of romantic Chinese landscapes are also common in chinoiserie and this also brings a sense of serenity to a space by subtly encouraging a connection to nature.
When you mix this with the historical elements from the chonosierie style, the overall effect is a feeling of enchantment and sophistication. It also brings to mind connotations of travel and history.
Want to add a touch of chinoiserie chic to your house? Consider strongly patterned wallpaper or an upholstered fabric wall. You could also paint your walls blue. I recommend Lyre Bird by Porter’s Paints.
When styling a room, try creating clusters of patterned ceramics. Use a mix of different patterns, heights and shapes and tightly group all the objects together. Team this with fresh floral arrangements. The same mix-and-match layering trick applies for decorative cushions too. Just be sure to stick to the chinoiserie palette of blue and white to retain the feeling of calm sophistication.