As it is known as the cultural capital of the world, French residents may have the best tastes in the world. Given their affinity for groundbreaking art, gourmet delights, and an impeccably cool and unexplored sense of fashion style, the aesthetic delights the French bring to every aspect of their daily lives have been celebrated for centuries, indoors too – for good reason. Here we share our perspective on the typical French decoration tips to add a clever dose of cool fascination to your home while evoking your personality.
Guess the age
And no, we don’t talk Shabby chic, even more, that they appreciate the beauty of letting things develop naturally. Celebrate the intricate legacy of your home. Work on natural architectural flaws that have emerged over time.
Unlike many American houses with their white box formulas, it is highly unusual to find two identical Parisian apartments that were not built from scratch. The French are not afraid of scratches, imperfections and signs of use and use their centuries-old, well-lived history as a decorative touchstone. The more people live, the better the uniqueness of the charming room can be emphasized.
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Highlight the architectural character
As houses age over time and various residents mark the structure with their imprints, it is natural that architectural curiosities and questionable structural enhancements are in place to make the most of it.
While most homeowners in the U.S. are looking to renovate a room to remove that sense of inaccuracy and start over, the French take advantage of what is going on in a home as it doesn’t always require renovation projects should make a room your own. This attitude towards the old world adds to the French decorative instinct for balancing the past with something decidedly sleek and modern. French chic decorating everything boils down to keeping things authentic, not just pretty on the surface.
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Since an eclectic mix is an essential part of any French home, soothing neutral walls in shades of creamy white and linen to bold gray create a beautiful backdrop that can be filled with almost anything and make a room appear larger and brighter – not to cold. One of our most cited French chic decorating tips is to use art, decorative accents, and textiles to get pops of color instead.
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Mix and match
Hello and low end, old and new, there are no rules. Decorate according to your whims. A fundamental element of mastering modern French chic decor is to bring any room to life by adding bold contrasts that don’t limit you to an era or style.
A quick search on Pinterest for tips on decorating with French chic will reveal what the French are best at. the mixture. From intentionally clashing prints and patterns that evoke a sense of balance, to an antique cabinet in the midst of a mid-century modern grouping, the trick is to use sharp contrasts to make each piece look substantial without interfering with each other to compete. Rather than sticking to limited aesthetics, creating mixed visual dialogue throughout your home allows you to take risks while expanding your choices. The key here is to practice a hand in minimalism with patches of blank with no decor to keep the fusion subtle and friendly.
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Go for baroque
It’s almost impossible to visit a French home without discovering a classic, oversized, gilded mirror that brightens up the room while highlighting its rich aesthetic history. In homage to Parisian heritage, an antique gold-plated mirror, crystal chandelier, or something as accessible as a jeweled pillow can add a touch of sophistication to a room while also giving a feel of polished haute decor.
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A basic French chic decorating tip is to let the eye wander and hop through a room with surprising sights. Do a different approach to where to place your framed art by leaning it against walls, letting it live on the floor, and spreading it out almost randomly for a considered nonchalance.
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Make it shine
In the rarely conspicuous French interiors, there is often a feeling of waste with a touch of brilliance through decorative accents, ornate filigree details, antique chandeliers and wall lights. In contrast to all of the deliberately undone, unstaged moments, some of the chicest French homes tend to take on an air of dramatic, luminous elegance.
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Show your books
Use your favorite books as a decorative advantage and turn them into conversation starters and an important source of entertainment for guests. Take a short stroll through a stylish French home and you’ll see books everywhere. To bring a pure white room to life for a recent project, we built an entire wall around to house books for a spectacular effect. They make you feel warm and can be obtained from anywhere – even better if you are traveling or visiting your favorite art gallery. Mix in new art books with your precious, well-worn readings for a sense of personality and visual play.
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Add playful extras
It only takes a little bit of accessories to express what makes your style unique with little extras that are easy to move or swap out. Think of scores of your favorite books and records casually stacked on top of each other in a flashy eye-catching area, mismatched candles of different sizes that add a subtle scent to a room without being lit, tokens from your travels, and branches of blossoms everywhere placed without reconsidering their placement.
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