Why we love chinoiserie

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Well, not just us, but most designers love chinoiserie. But why?

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design by collins interior

First, what is chinoiserie? It’s a French word for the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese motifs and and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture. Flip through most any design magazine old and present day and you are sure to the influence of Asian culture.

The style originated in 17th century during the European trade with China and other Eastern Asia countries. Europeans were immediately intrigued with their discoveries from this “exotic” Asian culture and began imitating and producing their own take on these highly regarded motifs. From foo dogs to nature scenes, Europe feel in love with all it! And now you also know why Europeans just love their tea. It’s hard to decide what they love more, tea or chinoiserie!

Why we love chinoiserie
design by alison giese

Anywho, you’d be hard pressed to find a designer who doesn’t embrace chinoiserie in their designs. Designers love how it goes with any style and every look. You can bring a piece of chinoiserie, ceramic, textile, furnishing, lighting, art, or wallpaper to any room. From traditional to modern…it’s timeless.

Why we love chinoiserie
design by david kaihoi

Want to add a bit of timeless design to your home?

Now let’s look at some ways to add chinoiserie to your home. Look at what lovelies we found at One Kings Lane (always a favorite for chinoiserie). It’s a mix of high and some very great lows.

Let’s shop!

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What a charming upholstered bench! SHOP IT HERE
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Vintage chinoiserie art. GET IT NOW!
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Blue and white wallpaper, BUY HERE!
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Bold colorful pillow, SHOP IT HERE
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Love this ginger jar, BUY IT HERE
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Such a beautiful garden stool, SHOP HERE
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Chinese artwork, BUY HERE
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So cute and you won’t believe the price! SHOP IT HERE!
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Pagoda style decor, BUY HERE
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Gorgeous panel, SHOP NOW
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This is so lovely, SHOP IT HERE
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Such a great buy,! IT’S HERE
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Diptych find! BUY HERE
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This is beautiful, SHOP IT HERE!

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