The word “Chinoiserie” is as beautiful on the ears as the pieces of décor it represents. It is a term borrowed from the French word for Chinese, “Chinois,” and is used to describe the European interpretation and inclusion of Chinese and East Asian art.
One of the most popular ways we see Kellogg customers bring Chinoiserie to their homes is with blue and white ginger jars – but this is just the beginning. Decorating with Chinoiserie is about experimenting and being bold. It’s about contrasting your space with a punch of flavor from the Far East.
Add Asian fabrics and patterns to incorporate this exotic feel to your aesthetic:
Look for Asian shapes, like pagodas, to bring a new curve from the other side of the world to your traditional space.
Asian wall art is bold, beautiful and elegant. Everything from photography and paintings to calligraphy and bamboo frames will make a room feel more exotic. Even if the artwork isn’t technically Asian, but captures a certain Asian essence, grab it, and remember it is your home and you should decorate the way that makes you feel happiest.
It’s no secret that Chinese culture and most of Asia loves the color red. Red has never been the most popular color for home décor in the Western world, so Chinoiserie is your chance pull red, blacks, golds, and glossy finishes to your space.
Jog your memory for Asian trinkets or gifts you’ve collected in life. Gifts from friends, or souvenirs from your own travels to Asia, should be pulled out of storage, shined up, and put on display. It’s those bold, quirky-but-elegant pieces that tend to solicit the most glances and compliments, especially if you have a good personal story to accompany the piece.
Or perhaps your story is that you got it at your favorite store (wink wink).
We hope we’ve inspired you to let your home décor travel to new lands! Come to The Kellogg Collection to see our latest pieces inspired by Asia that you’ll want to have in your home.