A Week’s Worth of Wallpaper Ideas | Chinoiserie


As promised, many, many wallpaper ideas coming up. [aka: the pretty pictures]

I’m breaking down the wallpaper ideas into a several posts because it’s a huge subject. (and it might take more than one week) One could have an entire blog devoted just to wallpaper! So, for now, I’m going to focus on one area at a time. And please know, that whatever I’m showing you is only a teeny tiny sample of what’s out there.


Alright, this is a very broad subject in and of itself, but it’s my fave style. Here is a refresher on what Chinoiserie is, if you don’t already know. Chinoiserie designs encompass florals, (usually with birds or some other animals and vine-y type patterns) geometrics, (such as fretwork) scenic papers and toiles. (usually with people and/or animals. So, actually quite a number of papers fall under this category.

For today, I am going to break it down into the more traditional Chinoiserie papers that are florals and toiles. Quite frankly, I could be researching this one for weeks. Every time I remember one of my favorites, I remember another one or happen upon a new and beautiful paper, I just have to share.

Here are three similar Chinoiserie wallpapers by the high-end company Gracie.


Mark D. Sikes


Victoria Hagan

(I do wish the mirror were a little larger, however)

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 The other big names in high-end Chinoiserie papers are De Gournay and Zuber.

Remember my beautiful treasured screen that I purchased years ago? It sits behind me as I work.



De Gournay wallpaper. Interior designer: Bunny Williams


Above and Below, two enigmatic images by interior designer Alex Papachristidis photography by Alex Powers. the wall-paper is hand-painted, but Alex doesn’t appear to be divulging his source. Can’t say I blame him!


I’m really not a purple person, but I can’t help loving the exquisite use of color in the above images.


De Gournay


One of the prettiest living rooms I’ve ever seen by Cathy Kincaid   Not sure which vendor the paper is from, but it’s one of the expensive ones. (please notice the English Roll arm loveseat)


Schumacher Jester Caprice  (less expensive)


Here, Ashley Whittaker uses the same pattern but in a different colorway.


Style At Home I am totally in love with this kitchen!  Co-designed with the fabulous Meredith Heron. (please check out the rest of it at the link) Love, love LOVE the wallpaper panels which is a wonderful trick if you want to use something hellishly expensive and really use it as a piece of art.


A closeup of the wallpaper in the panels in the above room, by Griffin and Wong

This reminds me… Below are the four magnificent colorways of Mary McDonald’s exquisite Chinoiserie pattern which is part of genius collection for F. Schumacher & Co. I love it…


This is actually not wallpaper, but a linen fabric. did you know that you can use fabric for wallpaper? Well, you can. You can have it backed with paper and put up. The problem is keeping it clean, but since the fabric is usually 54″ wide (wallpaper is from 20-27″wide), it’ll go further. You could also put a finish on the paper, or you could use it as a panel. Now, this fabric repeat is a WHOPPING 131.5″ Inches… that’s nearly 11 feet! That’s all well and good, but how many of us actually have a ceiling height that can accomodate the full repeat? Oh, and you have to purchase the full repeat, which is sold by the yard. Yes, confusing is the right.

I do love it though! Here’s a close-up of the lettuce green colorway.



A most interesting and beautiful kitchen by Kellie Griffin featuring Brunschwig et Fil’s classic  Le Lac. You can read all about it here. (This pattern also comes in a fabric version.)  We are using the fabric version in the teal colorway for chair seats in the Bronxville kitchen. (the cabinets are getting painted, as I write this!)


Okay. I know what you are thinking and I agree. It’s too much. I want to like it, and I do like it, but the ceiling—oye, In this case should’ve been painted, IMO. I might’ve even painted it the dark blue. That might’ve been cool. It was featured in Lonny Mag. Imagine being sick as a dawg with the flu and an achy, delirious fever of 104 and ready to puke your guts out. Is this what you would want to be looking up at? nuff said. :]

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Here is a more tame application of the same paper which BTW, is Lhasa by Brunschwig et Fils


This is a beautiful room by Barbara Barry. One thing I love about Barbara’s work is that while most of her work is very clean-edged with a modern bent; not all of it is. She is always grounded in the classical and you can’t get more classic than this pattern by Brunschwig et Fils called Kanchou (it also comes in a fabric version)


Here’s the same pattern (below) in a different colorway. I got a sample of this paper recently as a possibility for a project I’m working on and it really is exquisite in person. The colors are magnificent!


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Scandinavian Chic

Wallpaper in a laundry room?!? YES!!! I think it’s one of the best places to use it! Paper by Osborne and Little



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If my laundry room looked like this, I’d be washing everything in sight! lol [that is… IF I had a laundry room]

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And what wallpaper post would be complete without at least one idea from Thibaut. Not only do they have a great website with many, many images showing their papers and fabrics in room settings… (smart), they have a wonderful collection which gives those of us who don’t have Rolls Royce budgets, some beautiful options for lovely Chinoiserie backdrops.



  • Linda Thornbury - March 4, 2017 - 5:45 PM

    I love your blog and look forward to your weekly posts. You have beautiful taste!ReplyCancel

  • Judy gilbert - January 20, 2017 - 7:46 AM

    Love your blogs . I have 15 year old imperial yellow chinoiserie de Gourney in my dining room, it ihas faded significantly in some areas . My designer says it doesn’t Bother her , but bothers me . What say you?ReplyCancel

  • Jenine - October 22, 2016 - 10:16 PM

    Hi there! You have excellent taste! Thank you for sharing your expertise.ReplyCancel

  • June Anderson - June 11, 2016 - 3:01 AM

    Hello Laurel!

    I’ve just come upon this gorgeous post of yours and am so happy to find you. I am new to interior design but I am so excited by this chinoiserie style of decorating. I had recently acquired a c.1950 hutch in this style and have been searching for a wallpaper for the wall behind it in my small dining area. All these beautiful wallpapers you’ve featured here are exactly what I’ve been dreaming of. In particular the Schumacher Jester Caprice. Unfortunately it is a bit more than I want to spend, especially since I’m finding that I have to buy 2 rolls when I think I only need one. Can you recommend a lower cost option that has these same beautiful qualities of nature (esp. the flowers and birds)? I have no idea what companies to look for that sell this particular style at a price I can afford. Thank you for this post, it has really opened my eyes!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - June 11, 2016 - 12:12 PM

      Hi June,

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know of anything comparable in a lower-priced paper. I would save up for what you really want!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Bern - March 19, 2015 - 12:45 AM

    Hi Dolores. It’s a fabulous fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Dolores - March 18, 2015 - 7:51 PM

    I love the Le Lac in the blue color! I never seen that..I have the Le Lac in my bedroom and every night when I go upstairs I am reminded how beautiful it is, and despite its many colors, it is soo restful to me. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Bern - February 20, 2014 - 8:15 PM

    It’s so gorgeous! Thank you, thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world! It’s an exceptional space! xoReplyCancel

  • Christine Dovey - February 20, 2014 - 7:23 PM

    Thank you for including my kitchen in your beautiful post!ReplyCancel