Chinoiserie styling adds timeless appeal of the Far East

Although Chinoiserie style refers to Asia, and China, more specifically, the name “Chinois” is the French term for decor that incorporates Asian accents and designs. However, it was the English who first popularized the style by incorporating motifs with Asian scenes (or what they thought looked Asian) onto porcelain ware. Here’s a quick how-to on some of the most key elements in Chinoiserie style.

 
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BOLD AND DYNAMIC

While Chinese style has its own appeal, Chinoiserie is decidedly more flamboyant and dramatic. In other words, it’s Chinese style with a touch of Vegas thrown in. Rather than simple bamboo chairs surrounding a dining table, the chairs are painted a bold, brilliant, high-gloss fuchsia.

 
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Color is a prominent feature in Chinoiserie, never taking a backseat to accessories or architecture. And sometimes, color is what’s missing, but what stands out most. White porcelain dragons, ginger jars, garden stools, or white furniture all make a strong impression when incorporated in Chinoiserie styling.

TAKE IT TO THE WALL

Another prominent feature in Chinoiserie is emphasis on the wall treatments. Whether with color, big bold designs, or wallpaper, Chinoiserie-accented walls make a statement that’s daring and luxurious. Often, they’ll feature a raised relief, or a design in the paper that incorporates natural elements such as leaves, branches, or animals. Motifs often include birds, deemed auspicious and harbingers of good news in Chinese culture.

 
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If you’d like to impart that oh-so-stylish Chinoiserie look in your home, it helps to know how to make the most impact. Without doubt, color leads the way. Look for unique colors like deep teal, dark fuchsia, robin’s egg blue, or lime green — and don’t be shy about using them!

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

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Oriental Home Decor – Chinese Traditional Home Décor

The most popular decorating style these days seems to be Oriental designs. One particular Oriental design which many people love is the traditional Chinese interior. Chinese style tends to be bold and beautiful.

 
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Bright, vivid colors are used in oriental style decorating, with red, gold and black being dominant. Gold or multi-colored dragons against a red, white or black background are common.

 
 Chinese home design

Asian-styled furniture is very often crafted from teak wood, and is usually based on the Buddhist principles of living simply and in harmony with one’s surroundings. Asian home furniture is a blend of form and function, where art and design are intended to be both beautiful and purposeful.

Chinese rosewood furniture
 Chinese home design

Furniture, such as chairs, tables and room dividing screens are frequently made from bamboo and rosewood. Highly lacquered, shiny wood furniture is also common with this type of decor. Oriental decor and furniture are often adorned with motifs that depict natural and cultural scenes which are meaningful in Buddhist and Confucian inspired societies.

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What is the Asian Style of Decorating?

Asian decorating usually refers to either Chinese or Japanese styles. These two Asian styles differ greatly. Japanese decor is traditionally very soothing and minimalist, while Chinese decor can be very dramatic and detailed.

Japanese décor
 Asian style home decor

The Chinese type of Asian decorating is known for its bright colors, especially red. Red is considered a lucky color and you can even paint wood red to get the Chinese look in your home. Other possible color choices for a Chinese type of Asian decorating scheme may be Chinese blue or yellow.

Chinese décor
 Asian style home decor

Dark woods are often featured in Chinese decor and they make a great contrast to any bright color used. Carvings and animal figures are common Chinese accent pieces and Chinese artwork is a must to get an authentic Asian style of decorating. Murals in which a whole wall is painted in a dramatic scene are a very traditional Chinese decorating look. An easy way to create the look of the Chinese type of Asian decorating scheme in your home is to pick one bright accent color and keep all your wood tones dark to contrast that color. Next, add at least five or six fairly large pieces of Chinese art to the room. You could add silk pillows or curtains in your accent color and/or other colors if you need more drama in the room.

Chinese décor
 Asian style home decor

The Japanese type of Asian decorating is based on natural, earthy colors. Natural light is a big part of Japanese design, so this look may work especially well in a room that gets a lot of sunlight. Tatami mats, rice paper, plants and flowers provide most of the accents in the very sparse look that is traditional Japanese decor. The absence of bright color and clutter creates a calming atmosphere.

Japanese décor
 Asian style home decor

Floor pillows and tatami mats can help you start the Japanese type of Asian decorating scheme in your home. Furniture should be minimal and low to the floor. Rice paper screens and lamp shades offer a realistic Japanese touch. A few bonsai plants and a Japanese tea set placed on a table can add a lot of interest while still keeping in with the overall sense of serenity.

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Chinese Culture and Traditional Decorating Interior

China has a long and interesting history, and in all ages the Chinese decorating is connected with its culture that is to be harmonious with nature. Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest cultures. Many villas, great houses, and even office buildings are now designed in Chinese style, as more and more people are interested in Chinese culture and want to know the traditional way of life in China. What words can describe the traditional Chinese style interior design? Luxury, classic, peaceful, elegant and simple, these are the words that can come to your mind thinking of Chinese cultural interior.

Chinese Interior Basic Principles

One of the most basic principles in Chinese interior design is simplicity. For them, a room should not be filled with all sorts of common décor. What is important is the proper placement of a few valuable and beautiful objects in a room to achieve optimal effects. The design in Chinese culture is something exotic and emitted something spiritual even magic with room layout, furniture, and color scheme. Modern Chinese designs are evolving and these images are beautiful, because they strike a fine balance by combining tradition and contemporary designs. Chinese interior design is an art of combining simplicity, contemporary, modern, nature and power to make an environment of harmony and serenity, using colorful fabrics of upholstery for home décor. Bright, vivid colors are used in style decorating, with red, gold and black being dominant.

Bedroom Chinese Interior

 
 Chinese home decor

Red color is a symbol of fortune and prosperity in China and it is picked for the bedroom designs. Having these Chinese designs will enhance the beauty of Asia in your bedroom. It is like entering peaceful gateway for the best relaxation, making the bedroom, combining between luxury, tradition and modern looks.

Living Room Chinese Interior

 
 Chinese home decor

Chinese people like to invite friends to their homes and most are of a big family. So the living room is the most important place. The living room reflects the Chinese’s way of life. Luxury living is being redefined and emphasis is being placed on comfortable living, without compromising the style. The sofa is of solid wood and delicately sculptured by hand. The paintings and calligraphies are necessities in the living room.

Reading Corner in Home

 
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If you love to read, then the Chinese style study room will offer you a perfect reading corner and environment. The study room is a special place in the traditional Chinese style homes. Beside of the solid wood floor board, other decorating elements include the reading desk, reading chair and bookcase. Anyone who has such a room will be eager to go back home after a busy day to enjoy a peaceful and happy private time.

Chinese style interior design can be an inspiration for you, creating balance and harmony in home surrounding.

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Chinese Decor

If you’re looking to bring an eastern flair to your home decor, consider Chinese-style decorating. Elegant and beautiful in its exotic simplicity, Chinese-style decor creates an atmosphere of order and peace in a home without being boring or understated. A Chinese-style decor scheme is easy to achieve with the right combination of colors, fabrics, furnishings and just the right accents to bring it all together for a powerful yet sophisticated home.

 
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Features

Chinese decor features a simple backdrop with a few, strong dramatic punches to really pull a room together. Chinese style is generally minimalist, so getting rid of clutter is the order of business. Make good use of negative space by allowing each piece chosen to be featured rather than lost in a crowd. The pieces that are chosen for a room should help in maintaining the balance and harmony of the room, with a few placed prominently to make a bold statement.

 
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Palette

The main colors of the backdrop—the wall and the floor in particular—should be in natural, neutral shades: tans, creams, slates, muted grayish greens and brownish reds. This gives a rich but subtle canvass with which to work. Ground the room with splashes of black. Then choose a few featured areas to create focal points in the home. This is where you can introduce bright, vibrant, eye-catching colors. This may be a single red wall or large yellow lantern, or artwork featuring a mythological creature.

 
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Fabrics

Fabrics in a Chinese décor are often natural, so opt for hemp, cotton or wool. Silk can find a variety of uses in a Chinese-style home, be it in throw pillows or screens. Add interest by choosing fabrics that are embroidered with Asian-style designs or silk-screened with images such as flower blossoms or mythological figures. For the floor, oriental rugs add a nice touch.

 
 Chinese home decor

Furnishings

Low, solid, boxy shapes make good options for storage units or tables. Contemporary furnishings with strong but simple lines help promote the Asian feel to the room. Wood is a prime material, especially dark and highly polished woods such as teak or rosewood. Even if your furnishings aren’t specifically Asian style, you can redo them and add a Chinese flair to just about any solid minimalist contemporary furniture piece by painting it with black lacquer. Add ornate embellishments such as gold or brass handles to cabinet doors or some Asian-printed fabrics and cushions.

 
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Accents

Remember when you are striving for Chinese décor to think minimalist. Less is always more. Use fewer embellishments and accessories, but the ones you do use should make a powerful statement. Some more subtle accents would be orchids, embroidered pillows or cushions, or rice-paper lanterns. More outstanding works of art, such as sculptures or even wall murals, should pack a stronger punch with color and act as the room’s focal point. Use natural light as a design element as well by arranging the room so that natural window light features certain areas or accents.

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Chinese Interior Design Elements

Chinese interior design elements lean toward the ornate and incorporate bold colors and intricate tapestries. But this ornate style can translate into fussy, overly accessorized rooms. By limiting design elements to a few basic pieces and accessories to two or three high-quality items, interiors remain simple and tranquil, in spite of the ornate pieces used.

Identification

 
 Chinese home decor

Large furniture pieces made of lacquered wood, with hand-carved detail, are identified with Chinese interior design. Recognizable features include wall murals depicting animals such as fish, dragons, birds or monkeys or mythological figures.

Colors

 
 Chinese home decor

Red is a signature color in Chinese decorating style and is a symbol of good luck. Other frequently used colors include green, blue and yellow.

Features

 
 Chinese home decor

While accessories in Chinese interior design are few and select, screens, ivory, Chinese pottery, bamboo, pillows and ornate rugs are frequently featured. Popular materials include wood with metal inlays and bamboo.

Misconceptions

Chinese interior design elements should not be confused with Japanese style. Japanese style tends to be simpler and draws on natural elements such as plants, silks and water features.

Furniture

 
 Chinese home decor

In addition to ornate furnishings, many classic Chinese pieces will offer clean lines and a simplistic style. Chinese elm finishes, as well as red or black lacquered pieces, are popular.

Considerations

The art of feng shui is another prominent practice in Chinese interior design. Feng shui philosophy is a belief that the objects in a home and the way that they are arranged will affect the health, prosperity and well-being of the person living there.

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How to design a room with Asian Fusion Style (2)

Your Asian fusion decorating journey

  1. Unclutter your room. Keep only those pieces of furniture and accessories that are most useful and meaningful to you.

  2. Maximize or focus on the visual impact of the natural elements already available to you-morning sunlight, the view from a window, shadows from trees, etc.

 
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  1. Stick to simplicity. Allow only one or two pieces in the room to have the focal point staged. The focal point can be an antique Chinese bench-rustic with aged patina or a beautifully carved and lacquered armoire.

  2. Mix textures and elements-wood, stone (pottery), plants, silks, paper scrolls, etc. into your design.

  3. Mix styles. The geometrical design of Chinese furniture compliments the sleek style of contemporary furniture but can also beautifully contrast with European curves.

 
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  1. Choose colors that will evoke the mood you desire. There are many articles that discuss color, emotions and moods. Your coloring choices include the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture, window treatment, art and accessories. Most Asian designs will focus on the natural color of the wood and stones, contrasted with one painted or lacquered red piece of furniture and/or accessories. Black lacquered furniture is also very easy to use into a contemporary room.

  2. Select art with an Asian theme. This will automatically create an instant Asian fusion but it is not mandatory.

 
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  1. Select accessories that are iconic of the Orient: blue and white vases and jars, a painted box, a multi-tiered food basket, or a silk lamp shade.

  2. Allow imagery and symbols to speak. A statue of a reclining Buddha can immediately make a statement of quite inner peace.

  3. Use objects in unintended manners. Place the TV remote(s) in a red lacquered water bucket. Place a collection of polished rocks on a tabletop. Convert a Blue and white ginger jar into a lamp.

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