I adore the popular bird, butterfly, flower and tree motifs, but I also am fascinated by the colorful, old-world Chinese depictions.
The other day, I was skimming through my “Dining Room” board on Pinterest, and I noticed what I thought at first glance was a duplicate pin…
Here is an exquisite red and yellow Chinoiserie dining room Billy Baldwin designed in the 1950s:
Billy Baldwin, via Peak of Chic
And here is a dining room Meg Braff designed, using Shanghai wallpaper by Scalamandré:
via Chinoiserie Chic
Just look at the similarities in the yellow and red pagoda-inspired valances!
While Scalamandré wallpaper is still expensive, it is a fraction of the cost of custom, hand painted Chinese papers, which generally run well over $1,000 per panel. What a clever way of achieving this classic look on a modified budget!
Meg Braff, via House Beautiful
Shanghai, by Scalamandré, hand printed toile
Hand painted Chinese wallpaper is also very popular in Palm Beach estates. I have written about my little hobby of perusing Palm Beach MLS listings for design inspiration (here), and below are two amazing dining rooms I found.
If papering an entire room isn’t in your budget, another option to achieving this look is to frame a few hand painted panels. That way, you can take them with you, should you ever move!
House Beautiful, April 2012