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Chinese Chippendale Style – Inspirations for Home & Landscape

If you love traditional style, you will no doubt be delightfully intrigued by the intricate fretwork designs, and the elegance, of the classic Chinese Chippendale design style. The style encompasses some of the most beautiful designs. The latticework pattern is just one of the fretwork patterns of this style, and I’m guessing it is probably one of the most recognizable fretwork designs in American home decor.


If you’re looking for ways to use the Chippendale style in your outdoor decor or design projects, these ideas may help you ponder scenarios for your own yard. One element in the home where you’ll find the Chinese Chippendale inspired style is in the furniture, both indoors and out.


The Chippendale inspired latticework motif on the back of this lounge chair is easily recognizable –



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Source: Restoration Hardware



This Chippendale bench looks so graceful in the landscape –




Source: Country Casual



I love that the Chinese Chippendale fretwork design is used in so many décor pieces that make a home so beautifully detailed. Like in home decor fabrics.



Love the fretwork in these fabric designs from Waverly’s Sun n Shade collection. I can just picture throw pillows covered in these fabrics for accents on a porch  –








The style began with Thomas Chippendale, an English cabinetmaker in the 18th century, and his creations were popular for furniture styles during the Georgian period. I’m not sure when the Chinese Chippendale style began to be used in the design of outdoor structures, but it is beautiful when used architecturally, for house exteriors, and in the landscape.



I love the screened porch’s railing – this is another example of Chinese Chippendale fretwork design –



Source: houzz &  Houghland Architecture, Inc.



Another feature for the house in a Chippendale style is a screen door in beautiful mahogany –



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Source: Vintage Doors



The many architectural interpretations of the Chinese Chippendale style add a distinctive look to outdoor projects, with its elegant design compositions. Chippendale fences are a type of classic post and rail fence, but you will mainly find them used as an architectural feature rather than used as long runs of fencing in the landscape, such as on horse farms.



This fence highlights a front entry walk –






Amazingly refined fretwork in this fence in colonial Williamsburg, VA –



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The style has inspired railing designs for porches, decks, and terraces.



Don’t you love the combination wall and Chippendale railing for this terrace? What a beautiful setting.




Source: Walpole Woodworkers



Beautiful fretwork motif for this entry gate –




Source: Walpole Woodworkers



The colonial detailing of this gate and post is gorgeous –



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Source: Verandah House



Chippendale styled arbors and trellis’ become focal points in outdoor designs.



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Source: Walpole Woodworkers



I love to see the creative ways that designers use the Chinese Chippendale style.



Its decidedly inspiring style graces the landscape –




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The Chippendale railings at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, are quite extensive. Several sections of the railing have different fretwork designs, such as the latticework design. My favorite design, though, is in the section of fence to the far right in the photo.






Chinese Chippendale designs can’t miss for adding an elegant touch with the style’s graceful geometry.





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  1. kimberly says:

    Hi ladies, that screen door is fabulous and I’d love to have one on my screened porch. Maybe I can manage a DIY version. Thanks forthis site, I have made the outdoor bench and the porch skirt.

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