Affordable Chinoiserie Wallpaper Panels & Murals + Sources!

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Hi Everyone,

It’s so weird. I was thinking that surely I’ve written this post before.

But, I looked and looked and came up dry regarding this particular topic solely. And, while I have definitely talked about Chinoiserie Wallpaper Panels, (most recently in the high-low Ralph Lauren post) I’m continually finding new sources.

 

So, here are the latest findings. (I’ll be linking to the oldies throughout the post)

 

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for at least a year, knows that I’m mad for Chinoiserie— everything! And, nothing gets my juices going into over-drive faster than some gorgeous Chinoiserie Wallpaper Panels.

Well, almost nothing. ;]

 

First of all, what ARE Chinoiserie Wallpaper Panels?

 

The Chinese Garden by Francois Boucher

 

We’ve discussed that Chinoiserie which had its roots in the 18th century is not Chinese. It originated in Europe as a fanciful depiction of what the artists of the time imagined this exotic eastern culture and life to be like.

That is, in terms of paintings, fabrics and wall coverings. The porcelains from China are authentically Chinese.

Remember this post from four years ago about the Chinoiserie vase that was 7.66 MILLION DOLLARS?

 

No, of course you don’t recall that post. I know that you don’t remember because hardly anybody read it! haha.

 

Well, you can’t win them all.  But, it was about a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with interior designer Meredith Heron and her husband. It was a fun day. And you should click the link. I mean the vase is nice, but so are the ones from Legend of Asia. Quite frankly, I couldn’t see much of a difference.

 

mid-eighteenth century painted silk panel - Chinoiserie wallpaper panel - via @nicolefabredesigns - instagram

Above is a mid-eighteenth century painted silk panel – Chinoiserie wallpaper panel – via @nicolefabredesigns – instagram

 

Michael-S Smith-Madrid - Photo - Ricardo Labougle - antique Chinoiserie panelsMichael S. Smith – Photo – Ricardo Labougle

 

And, who isn’t swooning over these antique Chinoiserie wallpaper panels in his newish digs in Madrid.

If you’re not swooning, okay. But, if you are, these antique beauties, of course, are anything but affordable. Please check out my post dedicated to Michael S Smith.

 

gracie blue chinoiserie wallpaper Mark D Sikes

Above and below via Mark D Sikes.

 

Mark has become synonymous in his designs for regularly using Chinoiserie wallpaper panels.

 

His favorites are by Gracie. Mine too!

 

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Mark’s work has been featured numerous times on this blog. You can see those posts here.

Or, please visit Mark’s portfolio and terrific blog for more of his style.

Here are some other posts which feature Chinoiserie wallpaper panels and murals.

And, this post does have some affordable options, as well.

When I’m speaking of Chinoiserie wallpaper panels. That means that it could be fully papered or the panels could be in frames. I like that look a lot and if they are separate frames from the wall, then of course, they are easily portable.

 

I’ve found a few new (to me) designers who are doing lovely work with Chinoiserie wallpapers.

 

via dering hall - Chinoiserie wallpaper - m.and.m.interior.design.portfolio.interiors.dining

via dering hall

Love this new-traditional dining room by M and M Interior Design

 

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Another beautiful dining room, this time with framed Chinoiserie panels.

via @jessicalevantiques @jenniferbarroninteriors on instagram

 

rococo-gold_blue-Natural curiosities - Chinoiserie wallpaper panels

I think that these panels are so pretty. I’m not sure if they are hand-painted or not. They are from Natural Curiosities via The Well Appointed House. I featured N C’s cool art and furniture in this post.

But, recently, I’ve some new options to get the look for less than the most expensive hand-painted panels from Gracie and De Gournay.

 

Collectiveandcompany - instagram - affordable Chinoiserie wallpaper panels

@collectiveandcompany – instagram

 

These framed pieces are only $1,799 for the set which I think is quite reasonable. They have only a few styles so far. Beautiful instagram page and website here.

 

There are some affordable companies selling Chinoiserie wallpaper panels and murals on Etsy.

One is Chinoiserie Decor.

There are no reviews for them. However, I had a question for the owner and he got right back to me. That’s always a good sign. :]

 

Chinoiserie Decor on Etsy mural

 

This is a paper they make. Now, I also found this on a real estate listing in New York City. haha. And, the paper is probably a De Gournay design. So, what’s the deal?

What I think happens is that people who formerly painted in China for these companies, leave the companies and then start their own business. So, the designs are very close to the originals.

The other company has a ton of reviews and they are all exceedingly positive. The name is similar too. This one is Chinese Home Decor.

 

hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper panels - Etsy

hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper panels – Etsy – Chinese Home Decor

 

 Gournay for far less money

Chinese Home Decor

 

These sell for far less than their originals on De Gournay.

 

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And of course, my favorite source for affordable Chinoiserie wall panels is Mural Sources.

 

You can see more mural sources here in my not-yet-finished bedroom.

 

Below is a widget of some other Chinoiserie wallpapers from a few sources.

 

 

Hope that gave some of you some new sources for Chinoiserie Wallpaper Panels.

xo,

 

P.S. – Please check out the newly updated Hot Sales Pages and also the Mother’s Day Guide.

 

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  • Elizabeth Scruggs - May 5, 2019 - 10:01 AM

    all is well- although crazy busy!
    heading out to Napa next week!
    when will I SEE you again IRL????
    I hope soon!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 5, 2019 - 11:21 AM

      I hope so too! Please enjoy Napa! Oh, how I wish I was going but didn’t even know about it until about two weeks ago.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - May 5, 2019 - 2:00 AM

    Hi Laurel!

    I thought I’d chime in here with my personal experiences, because you are clearly a mind-reader – we are all on the hunt for affordable Chinoiserie wallpaper! I’ve been researching for ages now, have samples out the wazoo, and nothing to show for it yet! I do have to say in my very novice opinion, if budget allows, Mural Sources is the way to go – I’ve been keeping an eye on their clearance section! The depth of the printed image is just amazing – like you said, it really looks like silk fabric. Tempaper is beautiful and more budget friendly but lacks that depth and layers of interest in the background – I have the Pomegranate Sand sample.

    I have been in contact with Marlon from ChinoiserieWallDeco and I haven’t had the best conversations with him. When inquiring about a sample to see the color I didn’t hear back after several emails and months of waiting, then once I said I was interested in buying the whole mural, then I was deigned a response. “With murals a sample does not do it justice as a sample is just a small piece. What would you like to get out of the sample? The color maybe?” Well yes exactly! I’ve responded several times indicating I’m ready to buy the sample but alas, no response!

    And after that long-windedness, on the flip side, I have had the best interactions with the Etsy seller ChinoiserieHomeDeco and my Early Views of India Panels are being hand-painted as we speak! As I excitedly wait their arrival, I dream now of the Shangri-La collection from Phillip Jeffries as seen in their ad from the latest issue of Veranda – stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 5, 2019 - 2:12 AM

      Hi Renee,

      Thanks for this terrific comment. I had not seen the first vendor you mentioned ChinoiserieWallDeco, but I looked them up and they do have some lovely pieces. Too bad that the vendor wasn’t more responsive. oops. They really can’t afford to do that because now this bad review is here.

      However, the second vendor ChinoiserieHomeDeco is the one that I linked to the most and I’m glad to hear that your experience with them has been far superior.

      And thank you too for corroborating how fabulous Mural Sources is. I only wish they had come up with a sexier name for the company. It makes it sound a little down market, IMO, but it is anything but. These are Paul Montgomery designs and superbly rendered! He even contacted me. Very lovely gentleman.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Scruggs - May 2, 2019 - 6:56 PM

    These make me swoon!
    you and I share a love of all things chinoiserie!!
    thank you for posting all this beauty-
    xoxoReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 2, 2019 - 9:37 PM

      Hey Elizabeth!

      So nice to “see” you! Hope all’s well! xoxoxReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 2, 2019 - 10:57 AM

    I’m mulling over my options, so thank you for all of the new sources!

    Have you seen this tutorial? It’s not the look I’m going for, but it’s a suuuuuper low-budget option for the crafty type. I would tweak it a bit, but I admire her tenacity for trying it!
    https://www.addicted2decorating.com/hand-drawn-birds-butterflies-entryway-wall-mural-almost-finished.htmlReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 2, 2019 - 11:38 AM

      Hi Amanda,

      Yes, I have seen that and not only that, I am positive that I linked to it here somewhere. I took a stab at finding it, but came up dry. But thank you so much for sharing Kristi’s beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Lily - May 2, 2019 - 9:04 AM

    These are so great. Thanks for the sources! I have fallen for a particular green and gold triptych that sells on OKL for $1200. This is WAY outside of my price range for anything and I probably wouldn’t ever buy art except directly from an artist for that much. (Personal preference, no shade.) But I’m planning to recreate them for my dining room. I’m going to design them using images of native plants from my area since my garden provides a visually important backdrop for the bay window in my dining room. I can’t draw worth a damn, but my partner can and I can paint and use gold leaf!

    Off-topic, but I fell into a clickhole while looking at linked posts and I wanted to express some solidarity in the absurdity of some professional association lobbying–especially of the sort that happens in Florida. Our state legislature is heavily run by businessy types who favor any sort of restrictions to making life easier for already monied businessy types at the expense of everyone else. Professional restrictions are incredibly important for, say, social workers. It matters if you’ve been appropriately trained even for nonclinical work because of the amount of actual harm that can be done to people in crisis. Or contractors! Contractors should be licensed and insured and properly trained. But interior design? No. It is an important field of incredibly talented artists who use their skills and gifts for practical purposes that improve daily life. It is real work, not pillow fluffing. That doesn’t mean you have to go to school or take a licensing exam to know how to do it and do it well. If doing any sort of construction, everyone hires a licensed contractor. Come on. But bringing a new appropriately educated and licensed profession of Dental Therapy that was developed as a culturally competent profession and would expand access to care for our huge unserved population? Nope. Can’t do that. Because it might actually help people. But let’s fine designers.

    This is what gerrymandering buys you. Thank you for listening to my rant.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 2, 2019 - 11:35 AM

      Hi Lily,

      Regarding the last part, well, you’re preaching to the choir, for sure! And way cool that you are planning on re-creating the murals yourself. I’d love to see them when you’re finished if you like and are happy with the result.ReplyCancel

  • Margot v. Muhlendahl - May 2, 2019 - 3:01 AM

    Chinese tea paper was originally used by Americans and maybe Europeans who saved the silver paper used to wrap tea imported from China—squares usually— and pasted it together on ceilings and walls, creating a slightly textured effect. It looks like silver leaf and acts to reflect light . Paul Montgomery makes it, in several metallic shades, in rolls or panels. Sometimes it is used for the background of chinoiserie murals.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 2, 2019 - 11:31 AM

      Hi Margot,

      You know, I found that later, but forgot to say something. Thank you for the explanation. Some of the Chinoiserie wallpapers mimic this effect and some don’t. Although, I’m sure that Paul’s are the real deal.

      Mural Sources are the printed versions of Paul’s designs and available for a lot less $. They’re still not cheap, but absolutely beautiful. It’s what I have in my bedroom.


      Here’s one design that mimics the tea paper look.
      This one isn’t silver, however.

      There’s also a Nanjing teapaper which is more beige.

      This one appears to have some silvery colorways.ReplyCancel

  • Ivis - May 1, 2019 - 5:46 PM

    You sing and dance! I should have known.ReplyCancel

  • DeeDee Owen - May 1, 2019 - 5:11 PM

    Loved your article on kitchens using Farrow and Ball paint, Laurel!
    I am new to your site, perhaps you have done this already, but I am interested in looking at kitchens done in pink or with pink accents. Not Peptobismal pink (gah!), but something a bit muddier? Or is that just too much bad taste for an article?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:49 PM

      haha! It’s not bad taste, per se, however, it is probably not going to appeal to most readers.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Kimball - May 1, 2019 - 3:18 PM

    I am joining the club of others who are currently considering chinoiserie designs for their home. So I was also thrilled to see this post! I plan on using Cutting Edge chinoiserie stencils https://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/chinoiserie-wall-stencil-mural-panel-asian-design.html in my dining room and have found the wallpaper selections to be a great source for coloration. What I don’t find, however, is tips on planning the placement of panels. Most images show a full wall design or framed panels over a sofa or other focal piece in the room.
    I am not looking for full coverage so what do you think of a wallpaper effect with the panels separated by a 2 foot space. The stencil is 25” wide. The wall will be painted a pale blue with cream & soft pastels in the stencil. My carpet is primarily blue & salmon.
    LOVE your blog and your candor. Keep them coming!!!
    Nancy – a big fan in little RIReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 4:19 PM

      Hi Nancy,

      It’s difficult to give advice without being in your space. However, in most cases, the panels are only a few inches apart, at most. What I recommend doing, is going to my pic monkey tutorial and making an elevation of the wall with the colors. You don’t have to have full coverage. You can also think of the panels as a unit and then perhaps put sconces on either side and then slip an extra dining room chair underneath each sconce.

      There is another post about what to do with long unbroken walls. ReplyCancel

  • Mary E - May 1, 2019 - 1:55 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    Recently I discovered another source for Chinoiserie paper on a blog written by Erin Kestenbaum. She used paper purchased through Tempaper .
    They sell it by the panel or roll. Erin highly recommended it.ReplyCancel

  • sherry - May 1, 2019 - 1:46 PM

    Lovely wallpapers, Laurel. I was looking for Chinoiserie panels around 10 years and could find only Gracie ones that were out of my budget. Glad to know that more is available.
    Please consider doing a post on “natural” wall coverings such as cork and particularly grass cloth. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla - May 1, 2019 - 12:47 PM

    I was thinking about making fabric panels on a canvas wrapped frame. I wanted to hang them in our small music room to assist with acoustics. Too many hard surfaces cause the sweet tones to bounce around too much. Do you think this would work? Where should I look for affordable fabric that lends itself to this style? Love your blog, btw. Never miss one, and I’ve learned so much. I too am distracted from my work…😉 You’re gonna get a bunch of us in trouble!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 3:48 PM

      Hi Priscilla,

      Oh, I’m the queen of getting distracted! So, I apologize. (but not really. hehehe) ;]

      I think that’s a great idea, but behind the fabric stretched over a frame I would put in some thick insulating batting. Maybe something like this?

      You will probably need to put some cardboard or something between the batting and the fabric so that it doesn’t look lumpy. And then, I would cover the back of the frame to cover up the batting with some plain canvas, muslin, cotton. Something like that. You’ll need a good staple gun and probably a little fabric glue.

      There might even be a tutorial somewhere, either on youtube or pinterest.

      Of course, a rug helps. And heavy drapes. One thing that’s great for acoustics are moving blankets. I’ve seen drapes made out of moving blankets with grommets. They aren’t expensive and they really soak up that tinny sound.

      Or, I found this quilted fabric. I think it comes in other colors. If you’re handy, and even if you don’t sew, you could make curtains using stitch witchery. (heavy-duty version – linked here) and then use rings with clips to hold up the drapes.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Siwiec - May 1, 2019 - 12:28 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    I love your blog and always look forward to reading your posts! We are restoring a 100 year old Georgian colonial from top to bottom and I’ve already incorporated many of your genius decorating suggestions, ideas and inspiration posts, so thank you!

    This post was of particular interest to me since I simply love chinoiserie wallpaper. I knew we had to have it in our very traditional dining room but I couldn’t muster up the courage blow our budget on Gracie! I looked at numerous, more budget friendly options, on Etsy, such as chinoiserie home deco, but ultimately went with Anthropologie’s Havenview Mural. You actually referenced this wallpaper a few times in your posts and it pushed me to choose this wallpaper! I even got in on sale so I really saved money! The wallpaper mural was just hung a few weeks ago and looks absolutely fabulous! I was so nervous it would not look right because it wasn’t hand painted. My dining room has picture frame moldings so my installer creatively connected the mural to make it flow throughout the room. If I could attach a picture for you I would! I know you’d be impressed! The reaction from others has been priceless! And I have you to thank!

    Thank you again for all your inspirational blog! It’s been a tremendous help in restoring and decorating my 100 year old Georgian colonial!

    AndreaReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 3:31 PM

      Oh Dang. I meant to include the Havenview Mural because I love it so! Well, there it is. If you’re a subscriber, you can send me pics via any email I send you. They come from mailchimp, but if you reply, it goes to my personal email. And you can attach images that way. I’d love to see that. It sounds exquisite, Andrea!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 1, 2019 - 11:56 AM

    Laurel, you are a mind reader! I was up late last night searching for affordable chinoiserie wallpaper, then this is your post today! I received my new issue of Veranda magazine yesterday and fell seriously in love with the Schumacher Brighton Pavilion wallpaper in Peacock featured in a bedroom. Absolutely gorgeous! Until I found out it’s $600 a panel. Heartbreak! No way could I do my dining room in this. So, the search is on for something a lot more affordable. Thank you for this timely post! DianeReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:59 AM

      Hi Diane,

      Oh wow! That is expensive. I think that’s a Miles Redd design. But still, that’s a hefty sum to pay. Have you looked at Thibaut wallpapers? They have some beauties and for far less $.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 1, 2019 - 10:16 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    I really enjoyed this! You never fail to deliver however, your blogs are very distracting to my work! lol. You mentioned that you thought you had addressed this topic before… I did happen across another post of yours that was very similar to this one. “A Week’s Worth of Wallpaper Ideas/Chinoiserie” posted Feb 20, 2014. Also, very good! Love everything you write. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:40 AM

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks so much! Yes, that’s one old post that’s linked to or should be on the general link. (somewhere, in the post) Sometimes what I do when there are many posts on a topic all scattered about, I do a search for that topic and then link to the general search. Usually, the most relevant posts float to the top.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Heliker - May 1, 2019 - 9:43 AM

    I am thinking of making my own panels with a stencil from The Stencil Library. They have a wide variety of Chinoiserie designs. I have used many of their stencils and was super satisfied with the quality of the stencils and the excellent customer service. http://www.stencil-library.comReplyCancel

  • Gilda - May 1, 2019 - 9:24 AM

    I wonder if Mural sources sells ends and/or seconds….I could use even just a bit! wonderful post, as usual!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:35 AM

      Hi Gilda,

      I don’t know. But, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to contact them and ask.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Dickman - May 1, 2019 - 8:00 AM

    Would love a source for landscape wall paper, looking at Susan Harter now and have used Paul Montgomery in the past.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:28 AM

      Hi Michelle,

      I should say every time I bring up Mural Sources is that these are Paul Montgomery designs that are meticulously printed on paper that looks AND feels like silk. It even has a subtle fabric-like texture. And the printing is so unbelievably superb that even when one gets right on top of it, it is impossible to tell if it’s printed or hand-painted. In fact, I would love to see the original and copy side-by-side. I adore my Mural Sources paper so much!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - May 1, 2019 - 7:43 AM

    You. Are. A. Mindreader. Period.
    No, like seriously, get out of my head. How do you know what is on my mind? I’ve been wondering about the Etsy vendors and they too have been quick to respond to my inquires. One thing I didn’t see mentioned is the gilded option for panels. Educate please. I soooo want a panel for the powder room with BM BEAU GREEN walls.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 11:20 AM

      Hi Pamela,

      Hahaha! I have found all Etsy vendors to be terrific. This guy couldn’t get it out of his head that I did not want to place an order, but simply had a couple of questions concerning if they are affiliated with the other company. I think that they are not the same company.

      Do you mean the gold frames for the panels? Well, if one wants the option of taking it off the wall, then it would need to be framed like a painting. The question… should one put glass over the paper, if framed. My inclination is to say “no.” I was looking to see if Michael Smith had glass over those antique beauties. It’s difficult to tell. Certainly if one does glass, it should be museum glass that is non-reflective.

      So, they would need to be professionally framed which is not cheap.ReplyCancel

  • Ivis - May 1, 2019 - 7:39 AM

    It is always such a pleasure to read your posts because you share your knowledge about styles such as Chinoiserie, French Provincial, Chippendale. Your training (and interest in art history?) adds depth to your posts. I know that you like ballet and probably know that companies like the Royal Ballet have subtly changed the costumes and some of the choreography for the Nutcracker Chinese (tea) dancers to be less “stereotypical”. Then there is Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Just to say that the impulse to “imagine” China and Japan continued through the 19th century and into the early 20th century–as you saw in the Fred Astaire clip referenced in the China exhibit at the Met.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 10:57 AM

      Hi Ivis,

      Yes, it’s true that most Americans do not understand Chinoiserie. In fact, I had some exceedingly lovely and highly educated, successful clients who said that they couldn’t have a wallpaper with Asian people on it depicted in such a way. They had a lot of Asian friends who would be insulted.

      BTW, I danced in the Nutcracker (clown- hahaha! and a snowflake) and was in the chorus of the Mikado in Milwaukee. Great fun, that show was! This was all back in the 70s.ReplyCancel

  • Margot v. Muhlendahl - May 1, 2019 - 2:23 AM

    Thanks for this review of sources. It would also be great if you could dig out and differentiate new, affordable sources for “Chinese tea paper wallpaper,” which also played an important role in chinoiserie decoration.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 1, 2019 - 10:50 AM

      Hi Margot,

      When you say Chinese tea paper wallpaper, do you mean a toile-like paper that depicts scenes like fishing with rivers and bridges, etc.? I should probably do another general wallpaper post with my favorite patterns and sources.ReplyCancel