Okay, first of all, what is chinoiserie? It’s a classic design motif from the 18th century, and how people of that time interpreted Asian art and ceramics. It was actually a way to get away from the more Greek and Roman influences that were so popular then, and instead focus on romanticized ideas of nature and landscapes.
So in this traditional design idea, you see a lot of flowers, butterflies, vines, birds, pagodas, and dragons. And although toile patterns have been around centuries longer, a lot of chinoiserie patterns can also be called toiles. Either way, the patterns are often seen in traditional interiors, but there are some fabulous updates happening now with new colorways!
So what should you look for in chinoiserie, and how can you use the patterns in your own home? Let’s take a look at contemporary chinoiserie that can add chic touches to your decor:
Now you see why I love to use chinoiserie in the interiors I design! Here’s a review of what we saw:
1. In the most classic versions of chinoiserie, you’ll find birds, blooms, and butterflies. I love how today’s patterns, like in a Fromental wallpaper, give a twist to tradition with updated colors like a fabulous hunter green.
2. There’s nothing more perfectly chinoiserie than a pattern of dragons and mums! Look for the traditional Asian dragons with the serpent-like bodies to really give you a bold look.
3. I love a Ming jar pattern that showcases the iconic ceramics. It’s made even more bold and beautiful in new colors like teal and yellow.
4. In a twist on toile, look for chinoiseries that are more pastoral, like the pattern I found that mixes Asian bamboos with island influences.
Use these ideas and patterns to bring that perfect piece or traditional design into your home! I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV.
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