Laurie Gorelick Interiors


Must Haves--Chinoiserie Wall Panels

At some point in my design career, I must have a client who will want to do a room in a Gracie or de Gournay wallpaper. In case you aren't familiar with these puppies, they are the most exquisite hand-painted wallpapers. Instant elegance. Magnificent. The chinoiserie patterns are to die for.

Here is a Gracie wallpaper adorning the 5-floor stairway in an Upper East Side luxury townhouse designed by Diamond and Baratta:


Here is a de Gournay wallpaper in the dining room of the 2005 Junior League of Boston Showhouse designed by Theodore & Company:


I adored this dining room. The wallpaper is so elegant and formal, but the furnishings--up to the custom chandelier and down to the sea grass area carpet--are spare and contemporary. It just shows how versatile these wallpapers are.

You can add this touch of elegance without breaking the bank thanks to some companies which have made these designs available in wall panels.

Bungalow 5 added framed hand-painted silk panels to their collection in 2012. In several patterns and combinations from pairs to triptychs and more, these panels add color and pattern to dress up a room.


Above is Bungalow 5's Sunset set of two orange silk panels in silver frames, each measuring 22 inches wide by 41 inches high. Below is their Holland triptych on three white silk panels in silver frames measuring  24.5 inches wide by 50 inches tall.


Dessin Fournir is producing hand-painted panels in 36-inch widths for an even grander statement. Here is their West Fifty-Third design replicating the panels adorning the New York City townhouse walls of designer Rose Cumming.


The scale of these panels makes them an obvious focal point and grand statement in any room.

It's possible to make these panels by mounting a scene from a roll of wallpaper or panel to a board and framing it. Besides Gracie and de Gournay, other producers of this fine hand-painted silk wallcovering are Griffin & Wong and Paul Montgomery Studio. Decorator Archives and Designer Wallcoverings sell printed panels similar in design and scale. But choosing the appropriate scale of these panels and how best to integrate them into a design scheme is best left to a designer.