Do you love Parisian style decor? 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 a room 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.
Here a few must-have elements to help get the Chic Parisian style in your home.
Keep it chic and simple by using an uncomplicated colour palette. Staying neutral with a hint of colour will bring balance to your space. Consider a bolder colour on upholstered items or an accent wall. Entering a room with unfussy walls creates a sense of calm. It will also maximize the amount of light and make the 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.
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, jewellery, lighting, sculptures, painting and furniture. These hidden knickknacks 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.
The ground to any Parisian apartment your 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.
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 live in more modest homes. By following these elements 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.
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