It’s not secret that one of my all-time favorite decorative elements is hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper. Whether it’s all around a room or in framed panels, for me, nothing can compare to its artistry and old world sensibility. And my favorite color for this paper? Green, of course! Which is my favorite color for pretty much anything. At once fresh and classic, green is tops for hand painted Chinoiserie paper in my books.
And if you’re going to invest (and yes, its generally insanely expensive) in this kind of wallcovering, I do love seeing it in a foyer. Foyers are kind of like powder rooms in the sense that you can have real fun with the space. But unlike powder rooms, they are the first space you or visitors see of your home, so they really set the tone for the rest of your house.
So let’s have a look through some amazing foyers featuring green hand painted Chinoiserie wallcovering!
Daniel Romualdez for Tory Burch in her Upper East Side apartment. Obsessed with the oval shape of the room and the papered jib doors (and the glossy double doors and tiny sconces and black floor and everything else).
Thomas Jayne Design used a historically correct paper in this former sea captain’s home on Nantucket.
Mary McDonald used black railings, black treads, and a black upholstered Louis XVI chair to really pop the greys in the green paper on the walls of this stair hall.
Tammy Connor used a less heavily patterned wall treatment in this Atlanta foyer to let the gorgeous millwork of this Philip Trammel Schutze house be the main event.
This image from the De Gournay website with its battered door and staircase, and humble painted floor shows that this grand wall treatment can even look fabulous in a more casual, country setting (if you’re like Lord Grantham, but whatever, let me dream).
Samantha Todhunter used this classic pattern as a backdrop for a contemporary foyer vignette with a Parsons style console and midcentury lamp.
Michael Carter in a round (and domed!) foyer on an axial hall in a Boston home.
Confession – maybe MAYBE my favorite New York apartment of all time, this Upper East Side duplex by Ashley Whittaker. This perfect (as far as I’m concerned) double height entry with a swirling staircase is lovingly swathed with green Gracie paper (and the arched pocket doors (!!!) don’t hurt either).
A smaller vignette leading into the living room in the same Upper East Side duplex by Ashley Whittaker.
Basically I would give a limb for a foyer full of hand painted green Chinoiserie paper. And it’s pretty easy to see why.