Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chinoiserie Banquettes


I have always adored banquettes. Here are three stunning examples of how to incorporate Chinoiserie elements. This lovely banquette by Alessadra Branca above was featured in Southern Accents and is a home in Georgetown for those of you in the D.C. area like me. I love the color palette of yellow, celadon, and coral, the tufted banquette, the swing arm wall lamps, and the Chinese garden stool. Of course what makes this space are the Chinoiserie walls. The stunning room below, classic English decorating by Mario Buatta, brings in many Chinoiserie elements like the blue and white Chinese porcelain, orchid, gilt bamboo tables, and pillows. The green lacquered walls are gorgeous. The last elegant space by Alessandra Branca was featured in Elle Decor. She brings in many Chinoiserie pieces including the English Regency chair, porcelains, red, black, the black lacquer table, and the botanicals.




12 comments:

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

that top picture is certainly Cheerful Chinoiserie! love the yellow!
xox

Fabulously french said...

What a practical idea, I especially love the one in the last photo.

Leeann x

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I so want a banquette but don't have the configuration for it in this home, next one! I'm terribly jealous that Averill will be having one in her new kitchen. Great examples, & so lovely ~

Style Redux 2 said...

Allison-I am crazy about using yellow in a room with Chinoiserie. This picture is the same colors as in my living room.

Style Redux 2 said...

Leeann-Such an elegant and sophisticated space.

Style Redux 2 said...

Dumbwit Tellher-Banquettes work well in kitchens, breakfast rooms, dining rooms, and living rooms. They are ideal and underutilized in apartments with combined living dining areas where people end up with these awful little dinette sets.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Oh so perfect!

Style Redux 2 said...

Alison-Oh yes!

Kitty said...

I have a pesky corner in my living room next to the fireplace. I had never considered a banquette until now. I can't wait for my bff to get here from Portland tomorrow so I can show her your blog. She will faint dead away! xo kitty.

Averill said...

Alison is right -- these are perfect!

I love banquette seating. It's so cozy.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-I love the idea of next to the fireplace like in the last photo!

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-I can't wait to see yours. Hope it has some Chinoiserie.