Décor Dictionary: Chinoiserie

What is the definition of Chinoiserie?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Chinoiserie and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Chinoiserie for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Chinoiserie:   is a French term (meaning “Chinese-esque”) referring to a style in art and decoration reflecting Chinese designs or motifs. A popular style of decoration in Europe since the mid-to-late 1600s, Chinese influences were often mixed in with the more European Rococo style. The Style often features decorative Chinese latticework, lacquer and gold, bamboo, and wallpaper & ceramics featuring orient-inspired toiles, Chinese landscapes and foliage.

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9 thoughts on “Décor Dictionary: Chinoiserie

    • After checking out the Royal Pavilion’s website, I found the quote below:

      For 200 years, John Nash’s extraordinary oriental fantasy, the Royal Pavilion, has been inextricably linked with the identity of Brighton.

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