A few things...
Lately I have found myself attracted to little bits of Chinoiserie strewn into a space. I am always a fan of a full on Chinoiserie decorated space. However, because its such a colorful and vibrant style, I don't think I could live with that everyday. NYC is hard core and work can be a bit hectic, so I need to come home and visually relax. Having said that, I like small elements of the look thrown around like on this adorable coffee table...or a glam bathroom.
I think the look can be subdued by using it with a warm and sensual color combination like these rooms here, gorgeous gold and rich teal.
Another perfect pairing I noticed that I really like is black and white floors mixed with Chinoiserie patterns. Mary Macdonald did this entryway with the look and I happen to think its magical.