Bunny Williams Keeps It Classic
“The appeal of chinoiserie lies in the history of how it came about,” says the renowned decorator. “It was the romantic European take on the Orient.” Bunny recreates that classic notion of exotic elegance in this guest room with bold chinoiserie fabric and upholstery along with charming blue-and-white accents.
Bunny’s Tip: “Look for pieces that stand out unto themselves. I love beautiful lacquer work.”
Ruthie Sommers Mixes It Up
Chinoiserie pieces can blend nicely with other historical-style decor for an eclectic look. “Historic designs are part of an arsenal in designing,” says Ruthie. For a stylish bar, she curated a mix of Eastern accents, like a giant urn and a unique pagoda, with a console carved with Greek key motifs and a green marble column.
Ruthie’s Tip: For a simple and practical touch, “garden stools work in any room, anywhere,” says Ruthie. “They are decorative and utilitarian.”
Grant K. Gibson Uses It Minimally
“Trying to be minimal with the amounts of chinoiserie decor can make it feel less stuffy,” says the up-and-coming designer. In this dining room, Grant offsets the table and chairs with a simple grouping of blue-and-white porcelain, which instantly makes a statement without being visually overwhelming.
Grant’s Tip: “The easiest way to incorporate chinoiserie is to add blue-and-white pottery. It’s bright and graphic, and it always looks fresh and timeless.”