Saturday, September 10, 2011

Modern chinoiserie ...

Chinoiserie, a French term pronounced shēn-ˈwäz-rē, refers to a Chinese decorative art style made popular in the 17th century. Sure, Asian motifs blended well with the Rococo style of Louis XV's chateau, but today's homes are far less embellished than French castles!

Image via Chinoiserie Chic.

That's not to say that there isn't a place for chinoiserie in modern decor. There is! And, designers are layering a variety of furnishing styles with elegant chinoiserie panels in innovative ways.


Images above via Eclectic Revisited.

High style can easily be achieved with the addition of chinoiserie screen panels in dramatic black and gold.

Even informal panels can create depth in a monocromatic space, as shown in the photo above from Veranda magazine.

Images above via Western Interiors (left) and House Beautiful (right).

Chinoiserie panels are perfectly suited to inspire the color palette in any room. I like the use of screens as headboards as well as mounted to serve as wall art.

Image via Apartment Therapy.

It's not just screens that find a place in modern spaces. Chinoiserie furniture can contribute to transitional decor with beautiful results. I really love the organic feel and lovely bones of the painted chest shown above.

I'll be on the lookout for chinoiserie finds next time I'm at the fleas!

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