My Chinoiserie Chic Home Tour With House Beautiful

diane hill in her blue botanical chinoiserie bedroom

In my blue botanical chinoiserie bedroom. Image credit Brent Darby for Hearst Magazines UK


Where We Began 

When we moved into our suburban home nine years ago, it hadn’t been touched since it was built in the 50s. Avocado tones, wildly patterned carpets, rice textured wallpaper (on the ceiling!) and small dark rooms were a sight to behold. 


old fashioned looking bedroom with green floor and a sewing machineA bedroom in our home before the renovation with it's avocado green floor


We got the keys when I was 8 months pregnant (as you do) and had an emergency renovation on our hands. We DIY’d our way to an acceptable modern living state, then over the next few years added personal touches like my own hand painted chinoiserie murals.


Related blog post: Painting a chinoiserie nursery - the entire process


blue hand painted chinoiserie wall mural in childrens nurseryThe chinoiserie wall mural I hand painted in Bonnie's nursery 


It was all perfectly pleasant, but generally too small and the DIY touches were starting to show their cracks! I yearned for a home with clean professional finishes that was flooded with light and decked in my chinoiserie wallpaper and art.


A Life Changing Build


In March 2022 building work began, it was seriously invasive but we were promised just 3 short months for a 5 metre square rear extension, 2 metre square front extension and total renovation of the ground floor.


man building in a living room renovation

The beginning of our living room renovations 


Eight months later we had our dream home, it took longer than expected and was extremely difficult to live through but the result has transformed our lives. 

 diane hill in her blue chinoiserie bedroom with framed botanical panelsIn my newly renovated living room


Now I’m celebrating with House Beautiful magazine, who have photographed and published an exclusive feature of our new home. Let’s take a look at the wonderful photos by Brent Darby and I’ll talk you through my design choices.


diane hill in modern pink kitchenIn the heart of the home, my miami pink kitchen


A Chinoiserie Chic Family Room


Natural light was my top priority when designing our chinoiserie chic family room, as well as feeling connected to the garden. So we created a bright and airy space using full width sliding doors, 3 velux windows and a skylight. We’ve retained privacy by using sheer curtains, made to perfectly fit our space by Jane Clayton, using Harlequin fabric. 


bright living room with teal velvet corner sofa, chinoiserie cushions, and modern luxury interior decorSky blue corner sofa from DFS in our bright and beautiful family room 


The entire space was planned around my pink framed chinoiserie panels, these artworks took me many months to paint and are available to you as paper and canvas prints. They’re inspired by antique Chinese wallpapers and feature exotic birds, flowers and butterflies. 

Related blog post: The Timeless Allure of Chinoiserie Wallpaper


pink floral framed chinoiserie wall panels in bright modern dining roomFramed 'Euphoria' chinoiserie wall panels fill the wall behind our dining table 


They are part of my ‘Faraway Land’ collection of chinoiserie wall panels which I printed onto canvas, mounted on a backing board and framed with a slim gold moulding. 


pink botanical framed chinoiserie wallpaper panel in modern dining room'Euphoria' framed chinoiserie wall art panels in our bright and airy family room 


The floral chinoiserie designs on the wall are echoed in the fabrics on the cushions, which are my own paintings transformed into fabrics by Harlequin.


The Modern Pink Kitchen of Dreams


All I ever wanted was a modern pink kitchen! It’s the heart of our home and a space I feel incredibly thankful for. The tone of pink was very important to me, I wanted it to feel fresh and not overly girly so I opted for a peachy tone. When paired with the brass accents, natural stone and warm wood floor the space feels gorgeously sophisticated.


bright modern pink kitchen with blue and gold luxury bar stoolsMy luxurious kitchen featuring Almaz quartz work tops and breakfast bar stools by Danetti


The Blue and White Chinoiserie Living Room 


Prior to the new renovation we’d never had a separate area on the ground floor as everything was open plan, so it felt truly special to design a space just for relaxing. I call it my sanctuary, a cozy living room inspired by classic blue and white chinoiserie decor, with decorative ornaments and a myriad of lighting options.


chinoiserie decor in luxury blue living roomDecorative ornaments in my cozy chinoiserie living room


silver botanical bird chinoiserie art print in luxurious blue modern living roomFramed 'Celeste' art print in my blue chinoiserie living room


There’s actually a giant 75” TV nested into the wall just out of shot, as we LOVE watching films as a family, but I also didn’t want it to dominate the room. So I created a statement with the fireplace wall by hanging large framed chinoiserie artworks and decorating with blue and white ginger jars. 


Related blog post: How to make a TV look beautiful in your home! 


Blue and pink framed chinoiserie wallpaper panels in luxurious blue chinoiserie livingStatement fireplace wall with my framed 'Florence' wallpaper panels


Wallpaper Mural Cut Into Art!


The chinoiserie paintings are in fact cut from my Florence wallpaper mural! I chose my favourite two sections of design from the wallpaper and showed my local framer how I’d like them to look. He pasted the wallpaper onto a backing board and framed them with a slim moulding, glass wasn’t needed so it was quite affordable and the result is stunning!


You could even achieve this yourself like home blogger ‘At Home With Ashley’ 


pink and blue modern chinoiserie living room with framed chinoiserie wallpaper panel'Florence' wallpaper cut out framed and hanging in my chinoiserie living room


Here’s the digital rendering I put together prior to the building works, it helped me to visualise the space and was how I communicated the artwork size and position to my framer. 


Tip - You can create digital renderings like this using free apps such as Canva!


digital renderings of framed chinoiserie wall art alcovesDigital renderings of our fireplace wall alcoves 


The Bright Botanical Hallway 


In the hallway I’ve centred my botanical ‘Lucy’ print above a gorgeous chest of drawers that I found on facebook marketplace. I painted it in a rich green to echo the artwork and changed the handles to add sophistication!


pink botanical chinoiserie art panel in bright modern hallway'Lucy' art print above drawers with Anthropologie knobs, painted in Botanical Noir by Elle Decoration


The Cherry Blossom Cloakroom 


In the cloakroom we opted for the 'Rosa' cherry blossom mural which feels so elegant when combined with the brass accents and feature lighting. The basin surround was custom made by Almaz Worktops from a quartz offcut I found at their yard. 


Floral chinoiserie wallpaper in modern luxury cloakroomOur chinoiserie cloakroom featuring lighting by Pooky 


The Blue Chinoiserie Master Bedroom


I wanted the master bedroom to be wallpapered with my 'Florence' chinoiserie mural on all four walls, so I could feel encapsulated in nature and beauty. It really helps to brighten my mood every morning as I feel like I'm waking up to a summer's day all year round! 


Diane hill in her blue chinoiserie bedroomIn my chinoiserie bedroom surrounded by botanical beauty


To create this design, I took inspiration from antique chinese wallpapers found in national trust houses and added a modern flair by using bright, bold colour. It’s actually the same wallpaper mural I used to create the artworks in the living room, just in a different colour way!


See how I painted this collection of wallpaper and fabric! 


blue and green accents in modern botanical chinoiserie bedroomBlue and green accents to compliment 'Florence' wallpaper in my chinoiserie bedroom


Blue botanical chinoiserie bedroom in maximalist styleOriginal Ikea bedside cabinets painted in Sanderson 'Tropical Palm'


The Green and Pink Maximalist Chinoiserie Room


My youngest daughter Bonnie chose a green and white chinoiserie wallpaper and pink floral fabric to decorate her newly extended bedroom. She initially wanted the bold green wallpaper on all four walls, but I convinced her to break it up with this simple stripe which pairs beautifully. 


Related blog post: Our maximalist green and pink chinoiserie room!


green and pink maximalist bedroomBonnie's maximalist room featuring wallpaper and fabrics from my Harlequin collection


The wonderful team at Jane Clayton offer made to measure services for soft furnishings which has been key to me achieving the home of my dreams. Jane Clayton created this Kit Kemp inspired headboard from a sketch I provided, as well as the bespoke cushions using fabrics from my Harlequin collection.


The Pretty Pink Floral Teen Room


My teenage daughter Rosie is also a fan of my art, so she opted for my cherry blossom wallpaper mural in pink. The design is called ‘Rosa’ and I actually installed this one myself! 


pink floral chinoiserie teen bedroomRosie's pink floral bedroom featuring Pooky lamp and bedhead by The Headboard Workshop


After many months of builders in our house we called it a day and decided to take on this final room as a DIY job. It took a while to actually get round to it, but once I got going the wallpaper was very easy to install, even though it was a first for me!


Related blog post: How To Install A Wallpaper Mural 


My Creative Space


The final room to share with you is my creative space, where all the chinoiserie magic happens! This room was built a few years prior to the main renovation when we could see that my business was starting to take off. We converted the attic which was a great use of an otherwise empty space, and the best part is that my morning commute is just a flight of stairs! 


diane hill in chinoiserie art studio surrounded by original watercolor artworks and botanical and floral art printsMy art studio with textured wall created using Sea Pink and Light Rose paint by Sanderson


I use the walls in the studio stairway to hang all my artwork, it makes for great storage and also serves as a gallery! 


chinoiserie gallery wall featuring floral and botanical art printsHallway gallery wall featuring my chinoiserie art prints 


I hope you enjoyed this tour of my chinoiserie chic home with House Beautiful, you can also watch the video tour on YouTube for an even closer look! 




For more home decor inspiration take a look at my blogs on chinoiserie decorating and grandmillennial style!


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