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If you’d like really striking and original wall decoration: dry leaves and then put them in a glass frame. It works well with feathers too, and the odd illustration mixed in.

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It might seem overdone, but botanical prints look even better when combined with green furniture and plants. It will work in a minimalist interior, but also in a more rustic one.

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Here’s a fun DIY project: collect the most exquisite leaves from your garden or on a walk through the woods. Dry them and stick them on the prettiest paper you can find.


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Dutch artist Albert Koetsier makes x-ray photographic art. At beyondlight.com you can see his fantastic images of animals, shells and plants. His series ‘The lungs of the earth’ features, amongst many others, ginkgo, maple and eucalyptus leaves.


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The wonderful illustrations of single leaves, also on the opening picture of this article, are by the Dutch My Deer Art shop. The talented illustrator behind these images is graphic and interior designer Maaike Koster.


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Beside her work as an interior designer and a textile designer, the Danish Pernille Folcarelli produces handmade botanical illustrations. They look best hanging together in just a few frame styles.

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For a quick update of your wall: stick a few botanical prints on there with washi or masking tape. Black always looks good, but tape in fluorescent or metallic colours might look even better.

A bit bored of your monochrome home? Just one botanical print can give an ensemble of black and white prints an unexpected twist and a dash of colour.

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Images from:
mydeerartshop.nl, pernillefolcarelli.dk, frenchyfancy.com, pinterest.com, beyondlight.com, newstories.nl


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The best frame for your blue chinoiserie art could be a silver or golden one. They are a lovely match and will make your living room or hallway look as classy as a five star hotel.

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Feel like transforming a wall in your living room? Matching a chinoiserie print to the colour of your wall is a very chic idea. Add a flowering plant to enhance the floral theme.


Give your bedroom an easy yet impressive makeover by hanging one or two framed chinoiserie pieces by your bed. Choose a striped duvet cover in a matching colour to make it work like a pro.

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Fashion also has its eye on chinoiserie – as proven by the spring/summer collection for 2016 by Gucci, today’s hottest brand. This image, from W Magazine, has a great background to complement the outfit.

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If you’re totally into this trend, why not cover your walls in chinoiserie wallpaper? It will make rooms look quite original. Find great wallpaper at deGournay.com

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Chinoiserie prints like these two beauties not only work well with lighter colours, they’re also a great match for dark walls and floors. The sombre tones will make the pastels pop.


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Try a large piece of chinoiserie art for your dining room, like this framed wallpaper. It will change a toned down space into an upbeat and fabulous interior.

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Chinoiserie prints work equally well on fabrics, as proven by this beautiful Margeaux chinoiserie bedding, available at frontgate.com. Mix with other prints and furniture in similar shades for an elegant look.


Images from: elementsofstyleblog.com, domino.com, chinoiseriechic.net, bloglovin,com, grantkgibson.com, frontgate.com