Creating my own Chinoiserie Chic Wall Art - DIY!

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

A bit about me - I am a huge fan of Chinoiserie decor, including wall art, wallpaper and murals. So when I started seeing gorgeous modern Chinoiserie Style Art popping up in blogs and storyboards, I knew that I needed to find a DIY that was simple, elegant and beautiful to complete my dining room.

Chinoiserie as a decorative style, has been a popular choice since the 17th century. Today, as we peruse social media outlets and magazines, it is very clear that this Asian inspired aesthetic is still a very popular design choice that has stood the test of time. Though Chinoiserie in design lends itself beautifully to traditional interiors, these stunning bird and branch motifs are being increasingly incorporated into more modern interiors.

Now, Let’s talk wallpaper and murals. What is the difference between more traditional and contemporary Chinoiserie wallpaper patterns? Traditional Chinoiserie wallpaper and murals are very ornate and overloaded with bold colour, pattern, curvy lines and details. Classic Chinoiserie Wallpaper companies include Gracie, de Gourney and Fromental. Their luxurious panels are handpainted on silk, with a hefty price tag to boot. (Not in my budget, but gorgeous nonetheless.)

A more modern application of Chinoiserie styled wallpaper will incorporate colorways that are more subdued and/or on trend or be paired with more contemporary furnishings. 

So herein began my journey to find gorgeous Chinoiserie wall art to suit a more modest budget and a modern - transitional dining room aesthetic. 

My Inspirations

I fell in love with Collective Company Interiors handpainted framed Chinoiserie Tryptych Panels.  In more updated colourways of French blue and blush, these stunning panels seemed sufficiently contemporary for an interior that did not want to read as traditional.

My continued search for an alternative modern Chinoiserie Wall Art solution led me to Tempaper and Caitlin Wilson Designs.

Both had a beautiful selection of Chinoiserie patterned wallpaper in many unique, non traditional colourways. They look pretty amazing, right!? I accessed blogs from At Home with Ashley and Em Henderson which were very thorough and informative, and summarized sourcing of Chinoiserie wallpaper and mural options.

Chinoiserie DIY

My journey ultimately led me to consider using a paintable wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. You know the feeling that happens when you find the perfect solution and you're confident it's going to be great!? I immediately fell in love with the idea of a beautiful Chinoiserie pattern showcased in a palette that could be customized to best suit my space. Most of all I liked the cost! Creating these panelled moldings on my wall eliminated the added expense of custom framing.

I was so excited to collab with Cutting Edge Stencils. They sent me a Chinoiserie Stencil. I elected my husband to build the 3 rectangular wainscot style panels which would house the Chinoiserie patterns. The measurements of the framed panels would have to be extremely precise (or a bit larger) for the stencils to be flush with the pressure! If you do this DIY, you may want to consider stenciling the wall first to eliminate any added stress! Anyhow the cost of the picture frame molding was $40 and the labour was free (thanks to my handy hubby)!. After the molding was installed, I painted the stencils and I am completely enamoured with the result!

Now this is definitely what I call a modern rendition of Chinoiserie Chic Wall Art - DIY Style!


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