Redecorating a place is always a fun thing to do, especially if you’re not lacking inspiration and means to do it. Now, what if you can’t find the right style and everything that you find is either uninteresting or not what you’re looking for? In this case, you might want to consider a chinoiserie touch that can transform your home from ordinary to luxurious. For those who don’t know, chinoiserie is a Western decorative style influenced by
Asian aesthetics originating from the 18th century.
Add some Chinese vases
Chinese ceramics have a long history spanning for many centuries and multiple Chinese dynasties. Today they are considered a luxury decorative piece that can add an Asian touch to your home. Their size also varies from small to very big, depending on your needs. Some prefer decorating their kitchen shelves and cabinets with Chinese plates, while others prefer big vases in their living rooms.
Since Chinese ceramics are very colourful, it’s necessary to be careful and use them sparingly so your room won’t look stuffed and kitschy. When you add colourful elements, you need to do it sparingly in order to keep it balanced.
Have chinoiserie wallpapers
Changing the wallpaper is a sure way to change the way your home looks and feels. If you’re not interested in regular wallpaper offers around you, you should consider chinoiserie floral wallpapers. Aside from floral elements, these highly luxurious wallpapers are characterized by Asian motifs like Chinese dragons, bright colours and various plants. Some brands are offering temporary wallpapers that can be removed whenever, so even if you get them, it doesn’t have to be forever. In addition, if you’re a DIY type of person, you can even make your own wallpaper. So, in case you’re looking to infuse your living space with elegant, timeless and classic designs, adding a chinoiserie wallpaper is a good first step.
Enrich your furniture with some Asian details
When buying sofas and armchairs, it’s perfectly fine to stick to plain colours and simple designs. That way, you can play around with certain detail and make your room furniture stand out. Having an ornate scarf over the back of the sofa will add a whole different vibe to your interior. Another good choice would be elegant silky chinoiserie cushions that can turn your ordinary sofa into a rich, opulent one. There are many patterns and prints available, but the most popular one is definitely floral as it brings spring freshness into your room, especially during the cold, gloomy winter days.
Have some chinoiserie in your bathroom
Your living room isn’t the only room that can be transformed by chinoiserie style. Other rooms, like the bathroom, can also be transformed by adding certain chinoiserie elements. Instead of usual bathroom tiles, you can add wallpapers or a big, luxurious bathroom mirror. The best way to add balance is to mix chinoiserie style with modern bathroom elements. Also, having a big clawfoot bathtub is a great choice. With some clever mixing of different styles, you can give your bathroom a whole new look. In case you can’t afford big changes, then adding a gorgeous Chinese-themed shower curtain is more than enough.To conclude: if you’re a fan of Asian home decor style, these tips can definitely help add some fun and unique elements to your home. Thinking outside the box can be applied to interior design too, and being open-minded with new furniture and colours can genuinely change your house for the better. Even if you prefer minimalist design and not many details, incorporating some stylish chinoiserie elements could make your home come to life.
About the author: Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her on Twitter.
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