Difference between chinoiserie mural art and  wallpaper

Difference between chinoiserie mural art and wallpaper


In the 18th century people looked to bring more opulence into their homes, Chinoiserie design brought flavours of the orient along with wonderful whimsical patterns containing imagery that combined both Eastern and Western influences.

The new fashion was embraced in England by wealthy women who adorned feminine spaces such as bedrooms, dressing rooms and dining rooms in stately homes with the new rage that was Chinoiserie.

Modern Chinoiserie murals and wallpaper still retain much of the origins of the design, and bring intricate decadent patterns to both contemporary and traditional interiors today.

How does hand painted chinoiserie wall murals compare to hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper?



Chinoiserie wallpaper comes in a range of styles, designs and colour ways but a lot of the time you will need to buy a whole panel of the pattern even though you might not need all of the panel for your wall area.


Chinoiserie murals that are hand painted directly onto the walls can be designed for your specific area of wall, so there is no wastage to this method. Also the beauty of commissioning your own chinoiserie mural painting is that you can have it all designed to any specific requirements you have and created to any colour way you desire, and to fit the exact wall shape and size you have. See examples of Joanna's hand painted chinoiserie murals here 



The theme of Chinoiserie is beautifully interpreted by the famous wallpaper company De Gournay where artwork is intricately hand painted in watercolour onto silk wallpaper. You will of course need to allow for the cost of an expert installer of bespoke wallpaper when considering chinoiserie wallpaper, so this does add further cost to using wallpaper.


Mural artist Joanna Perry hand paints her unique style of chinoiserie artwork directly onto walls with durable water based paints. Joanna can work to your specific brief and will create you a bespoke design for your unique chinoiserie design. The advantage to this method of chinoiserie decoration is that you can have the design matched to any colours or theme and created to work around any fittings or furniture such as a mirror/lighting/alcove/doorway that you may want the pattern to accentuate or flow round.

Price: Chinoiserie wallpaper can be found produced by many different wallpaper companies these days from top end manufacturers such as De Gournay to printed versions of chinoiserie patterns by mainstream companies such as Rebel Walls or Wall26. Prices can range from £50 a roll of printed wallpaper into thousands of pounds per panel of hand painted silk wallpaper, but remember you have to also add on the cost of having the wallpaper installed professionally as well.


Joanna Perry designs and creates hand painted chinoiserie murals to work to your brief and budget, she creates each design by hand, uniquely for each client.

Top Tips

Consider the effect you are trying to create, Chinoiserie brings life, colour and elegance to any space.

Be bold - you don’t have to cover the whole of a wall area , if you choose a hand painted chinoiserie mural it can just delicately accent a space without overly cluttering a wall, adding a talking point to your room.

Contact Joanna today to discuss your chinoiserie mural on 07940 161918