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There are many reasons for the unending fascination with Chinoiserie, from its spiritual roots to the intricate and complicated forms it depicts. Inspired by traditional art forms originating from China and Japan, the cultural motifs reﬂected – like pagodas, lanterns and lucky cranes – are interpreted in brush strokes or calligraphic style, creating a look that is multi-dimensional and intricate. The latest iteration of this interior trend sees the patterns being repeated on a larger scale, which gives the space an overwhelming atmosphere that feels opulent yet tasteful.
This bold style looks even more impressive when utilised in a small area, such as a narrow corridor or a guest bedroom. There’s nothing conventional about the approach, but, when you have a personality that is larger than life, your home deﬁnitely needs accents that are just as impressive.
The Expert Says
You can modernise the oriental style with sophisticated-looking accessories in bold forms and that have rich texture.
“This style was favoured by many European monarchs in the 18th century, as people wanted to bring scenes from the exotic Orient into their homes. When you have a look that is as bold and eye-catching, you can play it up by adding accessories that are just as captivating.”
NINA BEALE Interior Stylist