The French are known for their style and French homes are some of the most well-decorated and sophisticated around. French interior design manages to look casual and impeccable at the same time. French interiors are classic without being over-styled.
When you are designing a French interior, you don’t want things to look too perfect. Some things in the room should have imperfections like chipped paint or wrinkles. The rooms should look like they are being used and they should have an element of luxury to them. Consider adding silk drapes in rich colors that spill onto the floor or an oversized mirror with a gold frame.
Mixing antique furniture with modern furniture is a big part of French style. You will find modern pieces with clean classic lines mixed up with antique pieces with carved wood legs. Since most French homes have small closets or no closets at all, you will find armoires in each room. These freestanding closets can have a vintage look or a modern look, but make sure that the armoire has French styling.
Every French home should have a metal and glass vintage chandelier. The more crystals on it the better. The chandelier will be the focal point of the room and you will find them in antique stores. Ornate chandeliers give you an instant French look and they look beautiful when they are lit and even when they are off.
The French like to show off the architectural features of their homes, so if you have elaborate moldings or hardwood floors, show them off. Keep the walls pale and do not use bright colors that are too bold. Pale pinks, greens, white and blue are commonly found on French walls. This isn’t to say the bold colors are non-existent in French homes. You will find plenty of bold colors but they come in the form of decorative accessories or bed coverings.
While you don’t want the rooms to look too perfect, but you don’t want them to look cluttered or messy either. You want your antique pieces to look aged. Imperfections give your furniture character and you see the history in the imperfections. The combination of aged furniture with luxury touches in each room gives your home instant French appeal.
Gold is a welcome touch in any room and you can bring in gold through accessories. Gold mantel clocks, sculptures, and bowls will all look great with a French home. It is important to have a luxurious touch in every room so you feel like you have something rich and luxurious everywhere you look. The French home is full of these luxurious touches.
French interior design embraces the old and the new and adds an element of luxury that makes each room the perfect place to relax and enjoy life. The French believe in enjoying life to the fullest and each room is going to reflect this belief. The French home is unique and stylish and makes life better.