From high fashion, through kissing and romance and all the way to home decor, the French are by far the best. How do they do it? Who knows, but we do know they do it perfectly. If you’re thinking about redecorating your home and French design is the subject of your interest, go for it. It’s a superb clash of chic and effortlessness that gives the space the power to adapt to anyone and any setting and mood. Plus, it’s great for your budget as the style encourages recycling old items or getting things from the flea market. So, let’s dig in and see some ideas.
Say goodbye to fashion and decor magazines telling you to keep everything in the same colour and design. French decor needs to have a personal signature, as well as history. Every room should tell a story. So, free your mind and think about what it is that you’d like to say. Jean-Louis Deniot says that people can get a bit crazy trying to obey the rules of fashion, so he advises a different perspective – the anti-decor. He says people should be more playful and free to experiment.
Despite the fact that an all-white look can be a real signature of French class, one can also adopt a colourful approach. In the spirit of what we’ve been saying so far, implementing colours almost randomly might just be the connection your furniture needed so desperately. A yellow wall could connect your old couch and a modern painting perfectly. Try to refrain from neutral colours as they won’t have the right effect. The colours need to be noticed in order to fulfil their purpose of completing the story of the room.
If you want your interior to have a real French vibe, you must never let it be seen that you tried too hard. It’s all about keeping it aloof. Your interior should look stunning, but effortless, as well. Never obsess about everything being tidy and neat. Making a stylish mess is also very French. Don’t be afraid to throw in a couple of things that are a complete misfit to the room, like weird lamps or beautiful antique rugs in a modern environment.
Another great aspect of the French style is the fact that you can recycle items and save money while expressing your creativity. You can change the frame of an old painting or redesign old lamps you found in your house or at the market. Putting wallpapers on door and wardrobe covers can completely change their looks. Try and see how you can recycle your things into fitting in the new decor. This will be the personal signature your home needs in order to be complete.
A dash of cubism
Pablo Picasso lived and created his art in France and many Parisians still honour him and the movement by having some of the cubist artwork, as well as antique furniture of the same period. Naturally, a single item won’t suffice, you’ll need to create a party of items that will be able to grant your room a touch of the avant-garde.
Nothing adds French to the room better than glorious heavy drapes. Dark purple or maroon drapes that hang still due to their weight will definitely upscale the whole environment. You can complement them with pillows in the reading area of the living room, for instance, and you’ll have a glorious room where great things happen.
If you can’t live in Paris, you can at least get Paris to live inside your house. It’s easy and very enjoyable. You don’t need designers or expensive furniture. Instead, you just need a bit of creativity and imagination, an eye for details and some patience. Once you finish, you’ll realize it was all worth it since you’ll feel better than ever in your more-fabulous-than-ever old new home.
This post was graciously provided by Cooper Klein. Cooper is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.