You know what they say… Paris is ALWAYS a great idea, and when it comes to impeccable interiors, the French certainly know what they're doing. From crystal chandeliers to dramatic drapery, the French have perfected the art of nonchalance in a way that is refined yet effortless at the same time.
So what is it about a French interiors that captures our hearts and imagination? Besides the fact that they are usually dreamlike and fairytailish (all you "La La Land" lovers can relate to this), they're always incredibly gorgeous but never pretentious, stylish but not overly stuffy, and cool but never too trendy. They are just the right mix of everything.
The secret to achieving this chic Parisian look involves impeccable attention to detail that goes way beyond mere aesthetics and into emotive territory. Talented designers have the incredible knack for crafting interiors that move and transport their clients to another world, and that world just happens to be their home.
Here are a few suggestions to achieving this beautiful Parisian Design style:
Whatever architectural assets your home is blessed with, showcase them. Choose a paint color that complements your patterned ceramic tiled floors. Pick a fabulous chandelier that draws attention to your high ceilings. Embrace your home’s beautiful bones and pause and appreciate history when you see it.
An antique mirror, speckled with telltale signs of age like oxidation and scratches will bring a sense of history to a room that no shiny, happy new thing can.
A vintage desk with water rings from coffee-fueled days has character and brings a human element to a space.
Antiques are a must-have in Parisian interiors, but they are not the only game in town. Modernism is much heralded by the French, and modernist pieces juxtapose beautifully with pieces with age and history. Edgy, streamlined furniture is the perfect match for those period architectural details we mentioned earlier.
Like Laguiole steak knives—the ultimate handmade French cutlery—crystal chandeliers are ubiquitous in Parisian homes. You can add one for a great romantic statement in your dining room or living room, or you can add a little sparkle to your small powder room, a children’s bedroom, or in any room that needs a little dressing up and glamour.
It’s all about creating a subdued palette that allows shapely pieces, and interesting patterns and finishes, to steal the show. Bright and garish colors have no place in a Parisian chic home. Consider a monochromatic color plalette of layers of neutral light tones with touches of metallic. Of course textures always play a big part and raise the game in every space. If you must, add small dashes of color via accents or art.
A bouquet of flowers is the perfect finishing touch for a Parisian chic room, but don’t get too fussy with elaborate arrangements and with mixing colors and flowers. Keep it simple, go with stems of a single type of flower, be it roses, hydrangeas, tulips, peonies (my absolute favorite) or whatever you fancy. Pack your breathtaking Lalique crystal vase full and lush, the more stems the merrier.
Every Parisian chic interior needs a captivatingly romantic element, and voluptuous curtains that pillow and pool onto the floor are the perfect candidate. Silk is usually the material of choice, but linen can be equally beautiful with elegant pinch-pleat detailing. If you do want to go bold with color, this is probably the best place to do it.
Hope these suggestions will be helpful for all those Parisian Style lovers out there, and be sure to visit my Pinterest Board and follow me (here is the link), for lots of inspiration on this topic.
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