Modern Chinoiserie

A few months ago I was contacted by designer Heidi Dripps to create a finish that was inspired by a wallpaper that the client loved.  The wallpaper was beautiful but there were certain things that didn’t work for the client. One, the colorways weren’t quite right. And two, the composition wasn’t just so. The designer and client wanted me to recreate the feel of the contemporary imagery but create more of a mural.


In keeping with the printed look I created stencils and masked out each branch so that I could stencil them also.


The final look is traditional and contemporary at the same time.



An example of traditional chinoiserie:(‘Badminton’ design in standard design colours on Mocha Williamsburg. Photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg.Interior design by Bunny Williams.)



Definition of Chinoiserie (pronounced shin-wa-sur-ee) courtesy of wikipedia: a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”, refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration.

3 Replies to “Modern Chinoiserie”

  1. Dee,

    It is such a small world. This client contacted me to help her with some window treatments shortly after you finished in the dining room. I thought it was wallpaper when I first walked in and then she told me you had done the work. Of course you did!!!! I don’t know anyone else who could have pulled this off the way you did. These pictures are beautiful, but it is quite stunning in person.


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