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

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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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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

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

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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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Asian Fusion Style(1)

The design world is rediscovering Asia and its ageless, classic design styles.

How do you design a room with Asian Style fusion in mind?

 
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Begin at the beginning

I recommend you begin with what you have already; after all it’s about fusion. Review the elements you already have in your room-the furniture, the accessories, the natural light, the artificial light, the art, the colors, the floor or rugs, the plants, etc.

Next, consider how you currently use the room and the home decor elements in the room. Is this a formal or informal area, is it a room that is used by children or adults, is it used in the morning, for eating, for receiving guests or evening for sleeping? Every room’s interior design must accommodate its use.

What are the natural architectural focal points of the room (windows, fireplace, ceiling height) and what are the designed focal points of the room (armoire, sectional sofa, area rug)?

And last in your review is to consider what design elements-natural or designed-make you feel good about the space and about yourself, what inspires you? Are you moved by the spectacular view from your bay window, are you comforted by your grandmother’s marble-top table, are you excited every time you see your new contemporary art piece? Feelings that might be desirable to you include excitement, harmony, balance, simplicity, spirituality, serenity and elegance.

Keep the end in mind

Don’t settle on just cliché Asian or Chinese ideas; like the color red, a dragon, a tea pot, or a scroll painting. I challenge you to investigate deeper and develop a clearer understanding of Asian style and Chinese style.

 
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The Asian home decor style is more about the proportion of furniture and its aesthetic simplicity but can also be about its opulent carvings or lacquer. It is about how colors affect us emotionally and the balance of contrasting hues. It’s about designing to achieve a lack of clutter, and instead focusing on nature, connecting to your spiritual core, and welcoming a peaceful energy into your home and life.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

About Interact China


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

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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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