Chinese Dream

Always important, on a first meeting with a new client, is to understand their needs and dreams for their new home. It was clear when I met Laura, who was fascinated by the Chinese culture and even speaking some Chinese, that there should be a touch of Chinese style in her house.

 room divider  Pinterest  - Nanmu bed Ming dynasty  Sotheby's  - wallpaper  Iksel  - small furniture  Pinterest  - globes  Spiridon

room divider Pinterest - Nanmu bed Ming dynasty Sotheby's - wallpaper Iksel - small furniture Pinterest - globes Spiridon

When decorating a house there are some rooms which you can decorate in a slightly different style than the rest of the house. You can use a darker colour palette for the library or home office to give it a more masculin touche. The bedroom is another room where you can create another ambiance: some pink tones, floral wallpaper. Most husbands agree on having a more romantic touch in the bedroom. In Laura's case the bedroom would get the Chinese touch.

 bedroom in a residential  project  in Bucharest - image  Casa Lux  - project realised with  La Maison

bedroom in a residential project in Bucharest - image Casa Lux - project realised with La Maison

A digital printed panoramique wallpaper from Iksel was the focus point in this bedroom. A simple opium bed, some big wooden Chinese document containers as night stands, richly draped silk curtains and a silk rug with refined design to create a remarkable bedroom. 

 teal blue Chinese cabinet  HomeGirlLondon  - Ming Style linen cabinet  Humble House  - embellished cabinet late Ming - early Qing dynasty  Alain Truong  - Chinese hardware on  Nomadic Decorator

teal blue Chinese cabinet HomeGirlLondon - Ming Style linen cabinet Humble House - embellished cabinet late Ming - early Qing dynasty Alain Truong - Chinese hardware on Nomadic Decorator

A very simple design, tall and straight lines or a tapered shape, refined mouldings, unadorned, hand painted, lacquered: every wedding cabinet, linen cabinet will show an intriguing beauty. They are a fine example of the classical forms of Chinese furniture. They reflect a style developed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and which has remained popular to the present day. It is the piece of furniture which will be used most often to give an oriental touch to a room.

 image  Deco Crush  - handpainted wallpaper Chinoiserie  De Gournay  - hanging lamp Bai Ba Ba  Parachilna  - bed  Baker  - Alice floor lamp  Baroncelli  - nightstand Ralph Lauren  Elle Decor

image Deco Crush - handpainted wallpaper Chinoiserie De Gournay - hanging lamp Bai Ba Ba Parachilna - bed Baker - Alice floor lamp Baroncelli - nightstand Ralph Lauren Elle Decor

Red and black lacquer, and dark wood essence are the colours which come first to our mind when we think of Chinese furniture. But we can create a more delicate ambiance by using a softer colour palette: pastel tones in combination with some black and red touches.

 handpainted wallpaper Chinoiserie  De Gournay  - headboard  Mis en Demeure  - Viola chandelier  Arteriors  - rug  Nilufar  - bamboo bird cage on  Pinterest  - detail Chinese painted cabinet  Lady-Gray-Dreams

handpainted wallpaper Chinoiserie De Gournay - headboard Mis en Demeure - Viola chandelier Arteriors - rug Nilufar - bamboo bird cage on Pinterest - detail Chinese painted cabinet Lady-Gray-Dreams

Combining more dessins will only enhance the fragility of this style. A refined and elegant look by using a hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper on a silk base from De Gournay, combined with a cabinet in soft pastel tones with a flower dessin.

 antique red lacquered cabinet 16th century  Invaluable  -  daybed  Mis en Demeure  -  image Terracotta Army on  Flickr  - standing lamp  Lightingest

antique red lacquered cabinet 16th century Invaluable -  daybed Mis en Demeure -  image Terracotta Army on Flickr - standing lamp Lightingest

You deserve to decorate your bedroom with as much attention as you do the living area. Choosing a beautiful manufactured cabinet: an antique piece with decorated doors will make this corner in your bedroom the place where you want to spend the Sunday morning or to have some relaxing time before going to bed.

 lanterns  Lightingest  -  Chinese document boxes  1stdibs  - cloath stand U+Furniture  Collectiv Red  -  old oak chair on  Oliver Gustav

lanterns Lightingest -  Chinese document boxes 1stdibs - cloath stand U+Furniture Collectiv Red -  old oak chair on Oliver Gustav

Those cabinets, red lacquer and decorated walls are to much for you? You can have a more minimalist approach and add just an oriental touch by choosing a simple chair, box or simple piece of furniture.

How to give a Chinese touch to your room?

  • choose a colour palette 
  • use some precious materials as silk
  • choose what will be the focus point in the room: wallpaper - cabinet - chair - bed
  • or something simple as cushions or small accessories

wish you a great week, don't forget to dream!