Take a simple piece of furniture and elevate it with the classic Chinoiserie motif. Today we’re jumping in to our portfolio of painted furniture.
Chinoiserie is an historic method of painting Chinese style designs on Western furniture. It was particularly popular in the 18th century. Now it’s a classic.
Chinoiserie can be painted in any color, but you’ll probably recognize the traditional palettes of blue and white, red and white, green and gold or this black and gold.
This sample in black and gold was for a built in bar for JD Ireland. The bar was a simple hall of cabinets. A little uninteresting. JD Ireland had big plans for this space! He sent us the elevations of the bar for us to create a custom sample board which got quickly approved.
The cabinets were first painted a satin black which was pretty and sophisticated, but missing something on it’s own.
By adding the Chinoiserie style gold lining and figures, we added so much character to the built in bar. Each cabinet door was painted with a different vignette to make it even more interesting and complex. The bar became quite stunning and more a piece of art than a utilitarian space.
Chinoiserie pieces are nice to sprinkle around in the interior design. It adds a sense of history and character. If you don’t have a built in bar or large piece of furniture to try it out on, start with little boxes, a bowl or on an accent table.
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