Everything French is trending at the moment, from vegan skincare to how they decorate their homes. So it’s no surprise we’ve taken our inspiration from the French, who are known for their style and applied it to our homes. And now it’s spring, we need no further excuse to re-vamp our homes. Stuck in your apartment, and wishing you were in Paris instead? Add a bit of French chic to your home, and transport yourself over the pond with a few simple tips:
1. Mix simple with eclectic
The French look can be a hard look to pull off when you’re trying to. Don’t take inspiration from reality TV, and don’t over-design every element of your room with Pinterest – although it helps. Instead, just keep it simple, French style is never over styled. Avoid going clean and fresh – the French love being rustic and vintage. This Chanel print is perfectly Parisian and just a little rustic, try it on your wall if you want to amp up the French feeling. Anything that brings character is a plus. That classical on the wall is chipped, so? It’s part of the ambiance…
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2. Stay away from boring
While keeping it simple is key, you don’t want to be boring – because that’s something the French don’t do. This is where you want to implement chic. And this is where you can be as glamorous and dramatic as you like, heavy drapes dragging on the floor, oversized mirrors and out of the ordinary chairs.
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3. Ditch the wardrobe for an Armoire
Although they have great fashion, it doesn’t mean the French over stock their wardrobes. They keep it chic and simple – and this is true for their wardrobes. Go elegance with a vintage wardrobe that will wow, but not take control of the whole room.
4. Sparkle is a girl’s best friend
Careful not to over-do this, we don’t want to you to cheapen the look with bling. But think like Marie Antoinette, how would her home look? Sparkle for the French is usually in their light fixtures – and if you can, buy a chandelier!
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5. Appreciate architecture
Here, we tend to modernize our homes so much that they have no real history to them at all. You want to exaggerate your home’s natural features. Don’t hide away from your home’s old wooden floor, and no need to jazz up your walls with wallpaper. Focus on art and culture.
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6. Keep your palette simple
You will rarely see a French person with bright homes, they understand color and know how to incorporate it. They like to keep it subdued. You want your walls to whisper and not scream. Follow colors like pale mint, sand, pink, linen, gray and white as a rule! You can add your style with art, and sculptures – but stay true to the theme.
7. Collect things to decorate your home
The best decor accessories to include around your home are books, magazines, perfume bottles, and flowers. They’re the perfect way to bring a French aura to your home. You’ll want fashionable magazines on a glass coffee table and freshen up your home with some beautiful, french bouquets.
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What do you like about French decor?