chinoiseries and painted walls

by Sharon Santoni
Do you like chinoiserie?
 I am loving all the chinoiserie  around at the moment.  I  just started a new Pinterest board devoted to chinoiserie.  Chinoiserie inspired wall paper design is back in mode and  store windows in Paris seem full of them.

I have spent a while drooling over the De Gournay collections … hey look, they even show a photo with Ghetto in  it already!


and look at this bathroom! I just love the De Gournay paper behind the bath
But what really pleased me is to see that there are companies in Paris who still offer hand painted wall panels and wall paper – what could be more luxurious?!
Look how beautifully this painted decor by Letoile fits into a contemporary Parisian apartment.
and how lovely it would be to admire this tiny detail , also by Letoile

Another Parisian name offering hand painted wall covering is Ananbô  who have just launched their new collection.

I can’t even imagine how exciting it would be to have someone come and paint a wall like this in my home!  I’d sit and admire it all day!

 And if you would like some more chinoiserie inspiration for your weekend, then checkout Coty Farquar’s Styling magazine this month.    She devotes several pages  to sourcing chinoiserie antiques for your home.
wishing you a wonderful weekend,
and possibly promising the first loot shoot of the season tomorrow
wish me luck!

[blank][blank]pictures 1; pinterest  2,3 de Gournay ;  3.4 Letoile;  4,5,6,7 Ananbô  8, Styling by Coty Farquhar; 9 pinterest[blank]


Sophia Home March 2, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Stunning Sharon! I once had the fortune to work on the renovation/redesign of a beautiful house here in England, which had the most exquisite original chinoiserie hand painted wallpaper – which of course we preserved! Just lovely…….

Good luck with your loot shoot tomorrow!


Karen (Back Road Journal) March 2, 2013 - 3:58 pm

In keeping with the historic nature of my home, three of my bathrooms have chinoiserie wall paper, fabrics, or accessories which I love. Good luck with with loot shot…I hope it turns out well.

donna baker March 2, 2013 - 7:10 pm

It's dicey. If it is done right, it is beautiful. I've seen multi-million dollar mansions in California with originally painted chinoiserie that is terrible. All the cherubs and stuff, just ghastly.

sandy @ french laundry 132 March 2, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I personally love the wallpaper !

Maria March 2, 2013 - 9:35 pm

How can I find you on Pinterest?

I HAVEN HOS ♥ EVIGGLADE March 3, 2013 - 1:18 am

Dear Sharon
Sooo lovely. Thank you for this. I am building the courage to do something like this in our bedroom. Would love to wake up at have this feeling of flowers and freshness.

I am sure you will love this company, I can see you already have some of their photos on your boards. Its a company driven by a young couple, besides designing wallpaper, they also make their own furniture and cushions and curtains etc.

Have a nice weekend.

Amelia March 3, 2013 - 3:01 am

I will also be staring at my wall all day if someone paints it with one of those beautiful scenery. Good lucky with the loot shoot tomorrow!

Sarah March 3, 2013 - 4:13 am

Oh, these are lovely examples. I'm a fan of Chinoiserie style as wonderful accents for a classic home.

Splenderosa March 3, 2013 - 6:09 am

I do love Chinoiserie too. Years ago (years!) I did 2 opposing walls in my living room with one of these wonderful papers, it always made me so happy. xx's

Mumbai March 3, 2013 - 6:22 am

I was pondering for a long time to use Chinoiserie wallpaper for my bathroom .
There is also a beautiful black chinese cabinet where I store towels, baskets with bath necessaries, and much more. But till now I was too undecided so muche the more I'm glad for these beautiful suggestions which makes me very determined to do so.

PamLuvsPink March 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

Hi Sharon!!

Let's see how many words I can say describing all of these as I was looking
at them…Stunning, gorgeous, elegant, beautiful, lifelike…Let me see…
Oh ya…Beautiful, elegant, lifelike, gorgeous, stunning…did I get them all?!!

They are incredible!!

One of my favorites was with the pink roses and the bird and also the last one having a beautiful pink flower in it. I'm so glad that the Chinoiserie style has come back, but, to have one painted for your home would be wonderful!!

I like your choice of the one in the bathroom, as it is very soothing and relaxing. Not too much going on…Not too busy, I guess is what I'm trying to
say. It goes so well with the color of the bathtub.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!


abundance of love March 3, 2013 - 11:31 am

fab fab gorgusssssssss LoVe LoVe LoVe them all and with my new floor rugs from your other story.& now with my new walls (flowers & birds)what a beautiful ''dream'' other pam xxx

vicki archer March 3, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Dreaming of a chinoiserie bedroom as I write… that white scene is beautiful… xv

david terry March 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

My next-dooor neighbor in this tiny, old town lives in a very beautiful 1768 mansion (the core of this quirky, 1790 house was originally built to serve as the schoolhouse).

Unfortunately? The walls of the main drawing room of my neighbor's house are covered in hand-painted and genuinely ugly "Chinoisserie" wallpaper. Trust me….it's just….ugly. I didn't know what to say when I first walked in the room. Fortunately, the owner (now a friend) spared me by folding her arms and announcing "I KNOW….it's REALLY u-g-l-y….but I can't get rid of it without losing the historic preservation status….and I need the tax credits." Apparently, she didn't know this when she bought the house (she's a decorator and had her own ideas concerning what she would "do" with the house….and now she finds that she can't "do" any of them). Last I heard, she was toying with the idea of simply having light panels of cloth hung on the walls.

I suppose there are more pressing problems in the world than having to live with precious-but-ugly wallpaper.

—-david terry

Colleen Taylor March 3, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Sharon, hand painted walls was what I did for almost 20 years for clients; mine were not ugly & I don't think I could have stayed in business for so long if they were. Actually that is exactly what some of my client's said after I completed them…they could sit there all day long & admire. To me, the highest compliment!
So Lovely & what a gorgeous post here. I love Chinoiserie's so very much. Thank you for reminding me how gorgeous these are.

Anonymous March 3, 2013 - 4:38 pm

De Gournay shows incredible taste by including "Ghetto".


Anonymous March 3, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Chinoiserie is just sooo chic and never goes out of style in a stylish home! Thanks for sharing De Gournay. I selected several for future reference. Already had a beautiful desig selected for my powder room….when I get around to it!
Thanks for your fab posts!

Wild Oak Designs March 3, 2013 - 5:39 pm

We don't see much of that around here, though I am intrigued by the idea of wallpaper. It is beautiful.

Maria Vicini March 3, 2013 - 10:39 pm

Dear Sharon, amazing post and amazing blog! I'm so happy to become a new follower of "your french country home"! Hug from Italy!
Maria (

Fi.P March 3, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Hi Sharon,

I love chinoiserie! I too have a pintrest board dedicated to it. I love your new finds and I hope you don't mind if i pin a couple to my board. Feel free to take from mine…..; )There is a stunning example of Pauline de Rothschilds Chinoiserie room if you haven't already seen it.

Take care,


david terry March 4, 2013 - 2:54 am

P.S. Sharon….? you and your readers should all go back to "brideshead Revisited".

Recall that the dying Lord Marchmain returns (after a thirty year exile in Venice) to die at Brideshead. for some reason no one can fathom, he decides to occupy the "Chinese Painted Room" (which had never, in 200 years) actually been USED by anyone….none of the chairs hd ever actually been SAT in….etcetera….). He demands that the "Queen's Bed" (an enormous contraption built in the 17th century for a queen who never visited the house) be brought down and re-assembled. a crowd of servants, estate-carpenters, and drapers are kept busy for three days, re-arranging that chinoisserie salon so that it can serve as a dying/sick-room.

Chinoisserie does seem to bring out the imperial Mandarin lurking in all of us…..

Advisedly yours as ever,

david terry

peggy braswell March 4, 2013 - 3:05 am

Oh how I adore Chinoiserie! These photos are so beautiful.Take a look at the cabinet I did for the couple in SCalifornia with Joanne Kim as the artist. Your boards on Pinterest are just the best.

Becca@Locksmith Brisbane March 4, 2013 - 6:46 am

So stunning! I so love the last photo cos I love things with Yellow accent.

CÉLINE CHOLLET March 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

J'aime bien aussi les chinoiseries. Ces papiers-peints De Gournay doivent être hors de prix ! Peut-être un jour pour notre chambre ? Mais je pourrais les peindre moi-même… cela me donne des idées !
Bonne semaine,

Coty Farquhar March 4, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Dearest Sharon,

Thank you for the wonderful mention.
I could fill my home with chinoiserie! xxx Coty

housebuyersofamerica March 5, 2013 - 7:35 am

These look unbelievably beautiful!! I love Chinoiserie style and love to give house walls Chinoiserie look. The once you have pined here are simply stunning.

penelopebianchi March 5, 2013 - 8:15 am

EEK! I missed this!
Please email me digital photos !1 If they are "ugly"; they may well be "fake"!

The above comment with the "angels" are absolutely NOT "Chinoiserie"! Not antique hand-painted Chinese wallpaper!

Many things are purported to be; and they are not! I hope it is not too late! Please eamil me photos!

penelopebianchi March 5, 2013 - 8:24 am

Hi there David Terry!

OH!! We DO know why he decides to die amidst Chinoiserie!!! (Anyone who understands it; will choose it! At least "touches"!)

Thank you for describing and designing my "Death Chamber!"!

Yikes! What an enormous favor!! Now; I will need to start collecting all these things! Tomorrow!
Actually; I have the start of a collection!



ps I always love your comments!

penelopebianchi March 5, 2013 - 8:29 am

at the least of it! hang curtain rods very close to the walls….and shirr inexpensive fabric on them to cover it up! it will be quieter there , too! Brooke Giannetti found the "painter's drop-cloths" at Home Depot (you can order them!) at about 30 cents a yard…….in lots of big sizes)

hang them on the walls close; and it will be quiet and blank!

Just a thought; borrowed from the brilliant Brooke!



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