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Design: Hand Painted & Chinoiserie Wall Panels

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Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is GlamorousAvid readers of This is Glamorous will know how much we love hand painted and Chinoiserie wallpaper in favourite shades of blush pink, ‘Dior’ grey and gold, amongst others.

Chinoiserie patterns first started appearing in decorative schemes in Europe during the 17th Century, becoming even more popular in the 18th Century. The exotic patterns were inspired by Chinese art and included the motifs we still see today, including birds, branches in blossom, pagodas, flowers, leaves and tendrils.

While a whole wall or room covered in these delightful wallpapers is glorious, we also love the idea of using these elegant patterns framed and on panels. This gives a different effect and can elevate the patterns to pieces of art in their own right. Use one dramatic panel or use multiple panels depending on the look you wish to achieve. . .

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Martha Stewart Living’s Kevin Sharkey used a pair of framed Chinese paper panels to great effect in his New York dining room.

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Hand painted and Chinoiserie panels also work particularly well in bedrooms, either behind a bed or as a piece of bedside art.

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

I love how designer Birgit Israel has propped large scale pieces of framed wallpaper against the wall in her boutique hotel, Chateau de Massillan, near Avignon in France. It’s a brilliant idea to borrow for a rented property where you can’t fix things to the wall.

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Whether dramatic in gold or framed in gold, these panels make an endlessly elegant statement. . .

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

Design Inspiration: Hand painted and Chinoiserie wall panels via This is Glamorous

And for the ultimate in chinoiserie chic, how about using gilded bamboo as a frame? —Louise

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Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.
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  • Monique Benoit Lehnhardt said...

    Thank you so much for the article on the chinoiserie panels. I have four sitting in my library waiting to be indtalled. My husband thought they seemed dated. I disagreed. You just gave me proof that they are timeless.

  • ziloa said...

    Thank you so much for this article! this is very inspiring and fresh! Thank you!

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