This Monday, I’m inspired by the Chinoiserie entryway, which embodies everything exotic and from the far East. Not only am I dreaming of blue-and-white china, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper and Coromandel screens, but also the feelings which it evokes when used in an interior setting. These are of course some of the popular elements of Chinoiserie which alludes to a fanciful European interpretation of the Eastern allure and intrigue pioneered in the 18th Century. The style works brilliantly not only on a grand scale, such as a bedroom, living room, dining room or office, but also in an intimate setting such as a powder room or front entryway.
Our Monday moodboard consists of many textural elements in the textiles which physically and aesthetically appeal to the colourful and mystic intrigue of the Orient. The Black & White Striped Armchair upholstered in the Jaguar coral fabric will add a contemporary twist while also playing with the chinoiserie theme alongside the Camouflage Wallpaper with its layers of foliage and neutral colour. The Qing Black & Gilt Large Sideboard is slim and elegant in its design, perfect for a hallway setting with storage space and gorgeous Chinese decorative features in gold (available in white and oyster as well). The Contoured Lamp echoes the texture of bamboo with its ribbed edge that is seen in the decorative tray and hanging lantern, adding interest through its surface pattern. A pink ginger jar that reflects the colours in the upholstery, lighting and prints ties the whole scheme together with a statement mirror that too ties in the scheme with the repeated use of gold. Shop the look now!
Other inspirational Chinoiserie entryways embody similar aesthetic features, imagery and textures: gold, bright reds and blues, textural elements such as bamboo and silk, toile-like imagery in textiles and fabrics to evoke the Orient and tell a story of a bygone era.
A chic console table adorned with multiple ginger jars and porcelain containers hand painted in the traditional blue and white design sets a focal point for this entryway. The vertical triptych of figural portraits to the left with bamboo-textured frames evokes the chinoiserie theme further.
Wallpaper that tells a story is very much aligned with the Chinoiserie theme and the use of certain colours such as red, which symbolises good luck in China, has been repeated in a vibrant, contemporary fabric upholstered on a traditional frame; an interesting juxtaposition between the historic, traditional and the new.
The blue upholstery is recognised in the hand painted blue & white jars on the console while the mirror, lamps and wooden frames in the wall tie in the scheme with a foundation colour of white. These lamps are very reminiscent of the Contoured Lamp, a chic and neutral lamp with textures that will draw the eye in.
A minimalist Chinoiserie style, the toile wallpaper is a very Western aesthetic with a more floral feel compared to the storytelling figural wallpaper with exotic animals and colours. However, a subtle hint to the Orient is suggested especially with the gold based lamp which has a bamboo appearance to its design.