Do you love Parisian Interior Decor?
When one thinks of Paris, images are conjured up of charming cobble streets, world-class cuisine and of the course, the Eiffel Tower. But beyond these iconic symbols, Paris also captivates visitors and admirers alike with its’ beautiful interiors. Parisian Interior Décor is renowned for its timeless elegance and refined aesthetics.
The French have always been known for their effortless style, just like their fashion sense. They have a knack of incorporating old and new. Various unique pieces complement one another, rather than rooms having a ‘matchy-matchy’ look.
Their secret to mastering the classic and contemporary mix is to have no rules and not hold back. Parisian interiors are all about passion, personality and drawing attention to detail. They are very chic but appear effortless. And most of all, they are not perfect. For example, vintage photos can be scattered across a coffee table and books stacked up without precision on a bookcase. Parisian décor reflects a deep appreciation for craftmanship, quality and tradition while embracing the modern world’s fluidity and innovation.
In this blog, we delve into the enchanting world of Parisian interior décor, exploring its key element and principles, and tips on how to infuse a touch of the Parisian charm into your own home.
Keep it chic and simple by using an uncomplicated colour palette. Parisian interiors typically feature neutral colours dominated by soft, muted hues such as ivory, beige and light greys. Staying neutral with a hint of colour will bring balance to your space. Consider a bolder colour on upholstered items or an accent wall, if you wish. Entering a room with unfussy walls creates a sense of calm. It will also maximize the amount of light and will make a room feel larger.
Old and New Help Create The Parisian Style
Add attitude and warmth to your space by matching your flea market finds and placing them next to modern pieces of furniture. Worn in objects are what make a space unique and feel like home. Achieving a truly French space is about the right mix of rough and refined. Don’t stick to one style but aim for a more lived-in, eclectic approach that feels assembled over time. Grouping furniture arrangements and art objects of various textures in surprising ways, you create intrigue and diversity.
Be daring and create that wow factor by hanging some large whimsical art or abstract paintings. With a neutral colour palette you have the ability to be fun with colour through different forms of paintings, photography, sketches, or children’s illustrations. These will help balance out the home’s serious elements and give your home its own personal taste. Remember that Parisian style is imperfectly perfect and is about featuring personal favourites. So, display them proudly.
Touch Of Romance
Paris being the most romantic city in the world evokes a certain fairy-tale charm. Embrace the amorous aesthetic with a crystal chandelier. Add a dose of the unexpected by hanging it in an unconventional room such as a bathroom. Above the dining table, in the living room or hallway are other options. Wall sconces and table lamps with crystal or glass accents cast a soft, romantic glow. Proving to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Soft, sumptuous fabrics such as silk, velvet and brocade are frequently used in Parisian décor. Incorporate these textiles through upholstery, draperies and scatter cushions. To add a touch of whimsy, consider incorporating toile de Jouy patterns – a classic French fabric featuring intricate pastoral scenes.
Big ornate frames and an oversized gilt mirror are also defining elements of this style. Play with proportions and invest in a large mirror with a highly ornate frame. Contrast the opulence with some black and white photography or pieces of modern art.
Paris is famous for its flea markets bursting with different antiques, jewelry, lighting, sculptures, painting and furniture. These hidden knick-knacks are perfect to display in your home adding a sentimental touch and visual interest. When choosing gems and curiosities for your home, do spend some time on online vintage sources or at your local flea market, to pick out something that is truly individual to the style of your rooms.
Fresh flowers and potted plants are essential to Parisian décor. They life and bursts of colour into the space, creating a harmonious blend of nature and elegance. Potted lavender or a beautiful bouquet of peonies will add a touch of Parisian class.
The ground to any Parisian apartment you’re likely to find the classic herringbone wooden slats. White wash or aged always adds a touch of history and beauty to the woodwork making it a lovely feature. It’s the simplest way to introduce a bit of Parisian style into your home. If too noisy a thick rug is a good way of muffling the sound and adding colour (and warmth) to your space.
Achieving the Parisian look is not just about bringing together the right elements. It’s also about following a few design principles that define the style.
Less is more in Parisian décor. It’s about selecting a few high-quality, statement pieces rather than cluttering a space with lots of items. Investing in quality craftsmanship and materials will pay off in the long run as they’ll age gracefully and become heirloom pieces.
Create balance and symmetry by arranging décor items in pairs or mirror images on either side of a central point. This creates a sense of harmony and order.
Infuse your personal touches into your space. Mementos, family heirlooms or unique finds that tell your own story and experiences are all important items to showcase. Be selective. Choose items that are meaningful to you and complement the Parisian style.
An elegant building with high ceilings, tall French windows, architectural moldings and beautiful herringbone flooring is how I picture a quintessential Parisian apartment. However, most Parisians actually live in more modest homes. By following these elements and principles, and embracing any imperfections they manage to create chic, dreamy homes that are impossibly stylish.
Hopefully these tips will be able to help you embrace the true Parisian style. By adding in just the right mix of traditional design offset by modern pieces you will be sure to create a stylish and unique home fit for Paris.