TREND #7: Chinoiserie

I absolutely LOVE Asian inspired fabrics and wallpaper so this beautiful trend has my heart skipping a beat. Chinoiserie was first introduced in Europe in the 17th century and refers to an Asian influence in artistic expression. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration. (source)

contemporary & classic

By far the most conventional way of introducing Chinoiserie into your home is through wallpaper. Whether it is a very contemporary take like this bright and graphic paper from Pad, or a more traditional approach like this beautiful room from Chinoiserie Chic, it creates a vibrant backdrop to any setting.

retro & contemporary

Chinese-inspired florals happily sit in a retro or modern minimalist room as well as shown here by Attic Mag and Le Blog Mademoiselle, providing both soft colour and texture to the walls.

softly does it

Whether you choose vintage Paris and Chinoiserie Ancienne paintings by Kathe Fraga, a painted furniture piece or a scatter cushion as seen on SF Girl By Bay, these beautiful patterns add a romantic, feminine touch to a space.

statement pieces

Be daring and choose an occasional piece that packs a lot of colourful punch! Gilded chair with lime green Chinoiserie fabric by Katie Rosenfeld Design and stunning wardrobe with painted interior by XO In My Room.


A few vintage teacups with fresh flowers (The White Peony) stacked for a pretty table display or a Chinese lantern from your local China Shop will add a subtle Asian touch to the setting. Image from Pinterest.


Asian inspired interiors can be very simple and minimalist as well. This beautiful gold leaf with cherry blossom feature wall is by Peter Costello of Applied Art Studios. White on white is always striking – this image via Flash Decor.

mix it up

Create these warm, eclectic looks by combining wood paneling, wallpaper in cozy colours and traditional painted panels with mid-century and contemporary furniture pieces. Images by Anthropology & Chinoiserie Chic.

  on the wall

A wallpaper focal wall is not the only option of having an Asian element on a wall: create a backdrop for your art collection or display a collection of Chinese-inspired plates in a common colour for impact. Feng Shui Dana & Pinterest.

Make sure you incorporate some Asian patterns and florals into your home for a touch of Eastern this year.

Happy trending!