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Decorating with Chinoiserie


One of my most favorite antique styles of decorating is Chinoiserie. Chinoiserie is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and East Asia. As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure. Chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought by colonial-era Europeans to be typical of Chinese culture. When I enter a room which has an antique chinoiserie black lacquer secretary, the room immediately becomes sophisticated and truly magnificent to me. There are many ways to use chinoiserie in your home. You can wallpaper your dining or powder room with a mural in the chinoiserie style. There are ways to purchase antique mural scenes, which can then be papered onto to your walls. Tally Home can find these magical pieces of furniture and wall paper for your home. I have done extensive research on finding the best sources for these treasures.

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