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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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.

 
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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.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide”

We co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 2000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Tailor Shop, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.

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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.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide”

We co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 2000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Tailor Shop, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.

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Ways to Use Table Runners

Table runners are a terrific way to “dress up” a kitchen or dining room table. They come in a variety of sizes designed for different length tables, and also have many patterns from which to choose. Table runners are perfect for adding extra color and texture to table settings and other types of furniture. Table runners can be used in many different ways and on different types of furniture.

 
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Table Types

Table runners are traditionally used on dining tables. However, you can get creative with table runners and use them on all kinds of tables including:

• Patio tables

• Coffee tables

• End tables

• Nightstands

• Sofa tables

• Hall tables

 
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They can work on any shape of table, including:

• Round tables

• Oval tables

• Rectangular tables

• Square tables

 
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Placed Lengthwise

The most common way to use a table runner is to place the runner in the middle of the table, running lengthwise. This provides a perfect guide or path to keep multiple centerpieces or serving dishes in line. The runner can also be used to protect the table’s surface from candle wax drippings, moisture, heat, food drippings and other debris caused by centerpieces, serveware or décor.

 
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Placed Across the Table

You can also use slightly narrower and shorter table runners placed across the table in front of each chair. These runners can serve as placemats and can be used in addition to a lengthwise runner or without one. Runners placed across extra long tables can be used to separate each place setting.

Table runners used to separate each setting
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Runners Used on Other Furniture

Shorter table runners can be draped over a nightstand or end table for a splash of color and texture. You can also use table runners to accent other types of furniture such as a buffet, hutch, credenza, dresser or vanity table.

 
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Use a table runner to protect furniture made with glass. Use one on a glass display case, console or coffee table when you want to display knick-knacks that might scratch the surface.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide”

We co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 2000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Tailor Shop, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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