Chinoiserie is the French term meaning Chinese-esque, a style that became popular in Europe from the mid 17th century and peaked in mid 18th century. Chinoiserie was only expressed in the decorative arts, and was used to decorate all forms of furniture, wall covering, porcelain, and even buildings. Since Chinoserie was the work of European artisans it depicted life as they had imagined and not just with the “Chinese taste”, but also with influences from India, Japan, and Persia. The French Louis XV style gave great opportunity to Chinoiseri as it blended well with the Rococo style. Whole rooms were painted with compositions in this style, no court residence was complete without a Chinoserie room.
With the rise of the neoclassic movement, Chinoiserie lost some of it’s popularity. In the world of antique and collectibles, Chinoiserie has remained very popular, and Chinoserie wall covering has become somewhat of a craze.
The Japanese influence of this paper works well in a contemporary room by designer Windsor Smith
With so many colors to savor, there are dozens of schemes that are inspired by these wall coverings
Another gorgeous room brought to life with this beautiful hand painted paper by Gracie
Image above is of a de Gourney hand painted wall paper, I frequently visit their website for inspiration