Tell Me Tuesday…BAM or SLAM!? Chinoiserie

Last week’s topic, lacquered walls, was the first SLAM we have had for a long time. Many of you felt they were not practical in a “real life” design situation. To catch up on last week’s comments, click here.

This week, I have been finalizing fabric selections for the design project I am working on in Charleston.  One of the main fabric selections I am bringing into the dining room is Schumacher’s BOLD Chiang Mai Dragon (it was a BAM or SLAM this time last year).  I still love this delightful fabric and am so excited to finally have an opportunity to use it in a project.

The selection of this fabric got my design wheels turning for BAM or SLAM this week.  Chinoiserie has been trending in the design world for quite some time and is still on the radar this year as a major design trend for 2013…

Are you a fan!?

Images via Suellen Gregory, unknown, Design Sponge, unknown, Decorpad, Jessica LaGrange Interiors, York Wallcoverings


What is your favorite design trend for 2013?

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  1. says

    it is a bam for me when it is mixed eclectically…. when it is all chinoiserie, it’s too much for this girl. i love it in doses! and i could not get to your page last week and kept getting an error, but glad it was a slam because that was my vote, too! :)

  2. says

    BAM! When used in small doses in an eclectic way. It’s so very feminine and I love it in ladies offices and dressing rooms.
    P.s. I’m emailing u soon

  3. says

    Bamadamadoo! A bit of chinoiserie is elegant, refined, interesting, historic, and dignified- even playful. I love it in small spaces in large doses, or large spaces as an accent. For a really interesting look I’ve seen chinoiserie in a trompe l’oeil pattern. So cool.

  4. Stephanie says

    Classic Classic Classic!
    Yes it’s trending again but frankly has it really gone out of style? It’s been a long time classic traditional piece (in moderation like any style) and works so nicely with many different looks.
    It think today it helps make a stale space feel a bit updated even though it’s traditional design.

  5. says

    If you had asked me this question even just a few years ago, I would have said Slam.
    But as I’ve aged, and my tastes continue to grow, I’ve actually found a new appreciation for its style–so BAM!

  6. says

    I think its pretty. BAM!
    Question: A mild disagreement in our house…to retexture the ceilings (like a knockdown…not popcorn) or to leave the ceilings flat. My husband is under the impression that everyone textures but I like the flat look. Help!!! This is supposed to get done in a week.