I am a wallpaper lover! I really appreciate how putting some paper on the walls injects pattern, color, and personality in a way nothing else can. And the thing is, wallpaper has come a long way! Removable wallpaper is the best thing that happened to pattern lovers! Its easy to install AND remove which makes it renter (and commitment phob) friendly.
As I’ve been planning my house, something about the era of the house and my current taste has me really craving Chinoiserie wallpaper! Seriously, if I could have it in every room of my house, I would!
what is chinoiserie wallpaper?
If you’re aren’t sure what Chinoiserie wallpaper is, let me give you a quick lesson! Chinoiserie is French for “from Chinese.” Creative, right ;). It is how Europeans interpreted Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions in everything from music to fabric and wallpaper. Here’s an example of Chinoiserie art-
Le Jardin Chinois- A Chinese Garden by Francois Boucher. 1742 chinoiserie painting. Image via
The Rococo and chinoiserie styles are related and existed at the same time- they’re known for their over the top decoration, stylized nature, and asymmetry. This style was popular in the 17th century.
Between 1740 and 1790, European aristocrats fell in love with the hand painted luxurious wallpaper made by Chinese artists. The patterns include pagodas, floral designs often depicted with birds or butterflies. The wallpaper was created by hand painting designs on silk so it was extremely expensive and a high end look. Want to see an example?
Chinoiserie Wallpaper. I love the birds with the bows! So chic!
I recently read on Architectural Digest that Chinoiserie panels from the 1700’s can sell for 500,000 each now. There’s an argument that the wallpaper is worth the money as it holds it value well.
traditional curators of Chinoiserie wallpaper
I learned about chinoiserie in college- I saw the hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper and fabric from the companies de Gournay, Gracie Studio, and I adored the style, but the price was out of my reach. Each panel costs around $600-$100 meaning a full room of traditional Chinoiserie wallpaper can cost $12,000 if the whole room is covered- wow!
The wallpaper is still hand painted, so it’s like covering all the walls in original artwork. Then you also get the benefit of it being created for the room it is in. I believe rolls of wallpaper can be purchased from de Gourney, but only if you have a interior designer, since they only sell through the trade. Gracie sells their wallpaper online. It starts at around $600 per panel.
It is still exclusive and very expensive. And absolutely gorgeous!
These options were the only way to buy Chinoiserie wallpaper for years! So the majority of homes just couldn’t have this look- it wasn’t accessible. However, with wallpaper becoming mainstream, there are now lots of options for affordable AND removable chinoiserie wallpaper!
chinoiserie removable wallpaper roundup
I originally wrote this post in 2018. Why? Because I was so excited to see that more companies were starting to sell this exclusive look! Printing has advanced and now what was only available to the richest, is something an average homeowner can have. As a girl who loves a high end look for less, I rejoice over this advancement!
I wanted to share my very favorite chinoiserie wallpaper that I’ve found! These are my top picks. Most of these are very affordable. And yes, I am totally scheming on where I can put one of these in my house!
You never know what you’re going to get from Amazon, but I find when I do specific searches I am pleasantly surprised. Here are some pretty options!
pagoda colorful wallpaper. Available in a few colorways
this wallpaper option isn’t removable, but it is so pretty, I had to include it anyway!
Tempaper has the most gorgeous offering of chinoiserie wallpaper! They are so authentic looking and the scale is spot on. As a side note, make sure to look at the scale of the paper in the room. I am of the opinion that bigger is better (but not too big). Small scale wallpaper can look dated- like its from the 80’s. So you definitely want to pay attention to scale on these!
Tempaper has my favorite selection of chinoiserie wallpaper. They offer a bunch of different patterns in a variety of color ways. Each one is stunning! Here a few of my favorites-
I used this one in my living room as a framed mural and it is stunning!
Etsy is a really easy place to shop for Chinoiserie removable wallpaper since there are SO many options! And honestly, I think it’s the best spot to get large Chinoiserie murals on a budget. I wanted to share my favorite shops with you! With each shop I’ll include the price and size of their largest mural. Note, prices are subject to change. But I do think they’ll be helpful.
Verbena parrot and lemons. I love how subtle this one is! Plus the colors are beautiful!
Magnolia Chinoiserie I love the pink with the birds and the magnolia flowers. So pretty!!!
This is a cute Etsy shop that’s based in The Netherlands. The prices are affordable and I love the designs!
Spoonflower is such a cool site! Essentially, you can print your own pattern on wallpaper or fabric. OR you can buy wallpaper or fabric with a TON of patterns from others! The amount of options is so good! Here are some of their chinoiserie options- note that these all come in a few color ways. Also, I wish the scale was bigger on a few of these.
This Etsy shop sells BIG scale wallpaper murals! I don’t know much about them, but I liked these two styles:
Awallon Designs is another shop I discovered while searching for the perfect Chinoiserie wallpaper! Their scale and color way is so good! They’re made in Poland and are gorgeous.
green blossom birds. This option is beyond stunning!
vintage chinoiserie wallpaper in blue. This is such a classic!
Wallinvogue is a wallpaper company based in Miami Florida. They make unique designs that are really gorgeous!
I love, love this soft pink option! The birds are the perfect finishing touch.
Green Planet Print is a sustainable wallpaper company based in Henderson Nevada. Their chinoiserie papers are sweet and simple.
Ukraine based wallpaper company.
If you’re looking for something more bold with TIGERS! This option is perfect!
bird and branch chinoiserie (comes in a few different colors too)
So there you have it- my top Chinoiserie removable wallpaper picks. Which one is your favorite? Would you ever put one of these murals in your house? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And hopefully soon I’ll be sharing more of these in my house! Below, I’ll link a bunch if you want to shop them all in one place-
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