French interiors provide a stunning blend of sophistication that borrows from a variety of different styles, incorporating bold new styles that blend seamlessly with more traditional designs to provide a chic and stylish palette. The style requires some focus but at the heart of this aesthetic is creating spaces that incorporate an original flair with small splashes of flamboyance. Here is some insight to nudge you in the right direction towards the perfect blend of classic and modern.
It is important to not stick to one time period while you are decorating, choosing different classic styles with more modern approaches that showcase your personality. Blend flea market finds with contemporary furniture in bold splashes of color that offset a variety of art and books. Use this space to be bold and loud, choosing oversize accent items that draw the eye to round out the room, perhaps surrounding a fourteenth century full wall painting with streamlined furniture.
This may sound as though is flies in the face of decorating logic, but choosing to under decorate certain spaces creates a beautiful streamlined look that will wow your guests. You can choose to do this in a number of ways depending on your personal style. You can choose to leave some of your walls completely bare, with no ornaments or pictures, or utilize simple and natural fabrics for draping (think raw linen, etc). These simple touches can be shocking to the eye while drawing attention to other pieces in a room.
Keep Your Walls White
While this look goes hand in hand with the previous tip, it is also an invention of necessity. Many French apartments are dark unless they are placed on the top floor and the lack of light does a space no favors. Due to this, white walls have been incorporated into French interiors to help balance the lack of natural light and maximize what they do get. You can always choose to incorporate a splash of color with a beautiful painting or small accent walls that complement the tone of the room.
Incorporate a Rug
Many French homes have a rug as a centerpiece for their space, which offers both beauty and functionality to classic apartment designs. While a rug can be the accent space for a large room, many people also dislike walking across the wooden floors that many French apartments come with. Choosing a bright or patterned rug will offer an amazing contrast to your white walls while also muffling the noise and of a wooden floor.
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