Chinoiserie is classified as a high-end, eclectic, whimsical design. It originates through the mixture of Chinese and Western arts during the Rococo period in European style design. Chinoiserie (sheen-waz-er-ee) comes from the French word “Chinois” meaning “Chinese.” While heavily influenced by Asian architecture and décor, this style incorporates boastful gold trim and décor pieces to create a more sophisticated and expressive atmosphere. While there are several elements which can help imitate this elegant style, we gathered key aspects that were very common in this design to help you portray this exotic style in your own home. Let’s take a look!
Ceramic was very common in Chinese design. During the 17th Century, Europeans always appreciated the Asian culture and its arts. While not knowing much of these styles and traditions, Europeans decided to try to mimic it in their own way. Chinoiserie incorporated the lavishing look of beautiful ceramic designs, tea sets, and vases. They used these to help create a more aesthetic atmosphere and to help make the design more embellished.
Bamboo started to become common in the craftsmanship of this design. The Europeans coveted the beauty in lacquer furniture and bamboo material and began to use it in their own design. With extreme durability and easy supply, bamboo became a common flooring to incorporate in this design as well.
Another element used in traditional Chinese décor was Feng Shui. It is an ancient art and science in Chinese culture. The Chinese believed the elements from the outdoors could help bring positive energy inside their own homes. Balance, natural elements, directions, and much more goes into this belief. Europeans began to incorporate open atmosphere and details of Feng Shui into their Chinoiserie design.
The design itself is very decorative and imaginary. It feels boastful yet sophisticated in its presentation. Chinoiserie design will feature unique pieces like chandeliers, mirrors, and oriental rugs to help make a statement while also give credit to Chinese design. This elegant design is beautiful and can create a strong statement in a residential or commercial space.
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