Why Classic Blue + White Chinoiserie Is Here to Stay

This tried-and-true pattern is having a major moment.

Tabletop Vase Display on Traditional Wood Table With Watercolor Painting Over Neutral Window Shutter Background

Tabletop Vase Display on Traditional Wood Table With Watercolor Painting Over Neutral Window Shutter Background

Distressed neutral window shutters mounted behind a watercolor canvas brings a southern charm to the traditional style of this table set up. The rich wood table matches the hardwood floor below and wood frame of the chair. A mix of patterned vases feature blue hues to compliment the art.

Photo by: Dan Piassick

Dan Piassick

Chinoiserie accents have been long considered as timeless, elegant additions to any interior decor. In the past, you've seen this style celebrated through ornate china sets and paired vases placed strategically on the opposite end of a mantel.

Today? The tried-and-true trend of white with blue is having a major, major moment — and I think we need to talk about it. This Chinoiserie renaissance is brought to us by the resurgence of an elegant, understated classic: the ginger jar.

White French Door Access to Traditional Foyer With Gray Upholstered Chairs, Patterned Carpet Runner and Lantern Pendant Lights

White French Door Access to Traditional Foyer With Gray Upholstered Chairs, Patterned Carpet Runner and Lantern Pendant Lights

More is more in this traditional foyer. Design by M. Barnes & Co..

Photo by: Dan Piassick

Dan Piassick

More is more in this traditional foyer. Design by M. Barnes & Co..

Traditional Meets Eclectic

Contemporary Buffet in Eclectic, Colorful Living Room

Contemporary Buffet in Eclectic, Colorful Living Room

This vibrant, eclectic vignette showcases a ginger jar planter. Design by Jenna Buck Gross

Photo by: Sammie Saxon

Sammie Saxon

This vibrant, eclectic vignette showcases a ginger jar planter. Design by Jenna Buck Gross

Oh, and coastal, southern and contemporary, too! Chinoiserie accents are widespread and work their wonderful, decorative magic in just about any style out there. White-and-blue jars harmonize with leopard-print pillows and hot-pink credenzas just as easily as they do with tufted ivory chesterfield sofas.

Power in Numbers

White Kitchen with Flowers on a Decorated Island

White Kitchen with Flowers on a Decorated Island

Add color and light to your kitchen with pendants and decorative vases on the island. This island, by designers Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon of GordonDunning, uses hydrangeas and greenery in blue and white china vases to add color to the mostly white kitchen. The greenery on the island accentuates the small pops of green in the background, while the Kichler Everly Pendant creates a spotlight for the arrangement.

From: GordonDunning

Photo by: GordonDunning

GordonDunning

Symmetry is beautiful, but asymmetry is interesting. For this reason, designers are opting to group ginger jars and Chinoiserie-inspired vases together in large groups. The result? A space that spells “effortlessly stylish” and, essentially, “I woke up like this.”

A Vibrant Neutral

lucite table vases

lucite table vases

Atop a lucite table, flanking a daybed sit a crystal column lamp and Chinese export vases

From: Charles Faudree

Photo by: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan

Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan

The reason I love this ginger jar moment? It doesn’t matter what color your space is — this trend will work for you. The crisp, white and sky blue serves your space as a colorful neutral and can complement any color scheme imaginable. Rust orange? Brown? Black? Yes, to all. This color combination works big time.

Inside + Out

Garden Stools

Garden Stools

Chinoiserie ceramic garden stools are one of the most timeless choices for adding impromptu seating for any part of the house. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Chinoiserie ceramic garden stools are one of the most timeless choices for adding impromptu seating for any part of the house. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Outdoor spaces are easy to overlook when designing your home, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These Chinoiserie-inspired stools ooze sophistication and usher the same superior style found in the interior design out onto the exterior space of the home.

Textured Textiles

Blue and White Transitional Bedroom With Fish Print Curtains

Blue and White Transitional Bedroom With Fish Print Curtains

Lovely, layerd Chinoiserie-inspired fabrics make for a blissful bedroom. Design by Musso Design Group.

Photo by: Musso Design Group

Musso Design Group

Lovely, layerd Chinoiserie-inspired fabrics make for a blissful bedroom. Design by Musso Design Group.

The common detailed Chinoiserie pattern translates from porcelain onto textiles to create stunning, textured throw pillows, furniture upholstery and dreamy drapery alike. Featuring small doses of the artful print sparingly throughout a space will add interest and ultimately lend a stylish final product.

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