Around spring time we always start mapping out the jobs we’d like to get done at our French country house. Last year we created a new French attic bedroom and this year we’re planning on adding some luxurious French style to our family living room. I’m busy putting together a little mood board to be sure we’re really organised and get the colours right. I keep planning on simple Chanel style grey and white but my mind keeps wandering towards splashes of colour – I blame Sophie Robinson and that Great Interior Design Challenge! Anyway, here are some of my favourite online loves to add a little French style at home this spring, what do you think?
1. French Style Occasional Chairs
Positioning a matching pair of French style occasional chairs in front of the hearth is a fail safe way to add elegant French country style to any living or dining room. I love these pretty occasional chairs in grey fabric , and as they’re of nice, neat proportions they’ll fit into your mini chateau nice and snugly for pre dinner drinks. That’s the beauty of chairs with wheels, you can quickly pop them back where they belong if you’re short on space after using them.
My top tip for choosing the right French style fireside chairs would be to take time choosing classic colours that won’t date or be damaged from eventual fire smoke, or, heaven forbid, red wine spills, eek. So, as much as I love a cream number, I would always opt for something darker when it comes to chairs with non removable covers. Charcoal grey living rooms, as you know are my all time favourites so these chairs get a big oui from me.
2. Accessorise Sofas with Velvet Cushions
I can’t get enough of rich, heavy fabrics at the moment. I think they work really well and add a nice contrast with all the natural linen we have in the house. My next swoon is for some lovely velvet accent cushions for our white sofas. I love gold velvet, grey velvet and moody jewel blues – anything but crushed, that’s just a big non! Adding different textures with cushions and throws not only provides added comfort but also adds to your living room such a feeling of elegance. Think Paris vintage when it comes to rich fibres and you can’t go wrong with soft, muted colours and the softest of softest velvet.
3. Panelled Walls
This is a look I’ve seen a lot over on the Ile de Ré on the Atlantic coast and I love, love, love it. I’m planning on adding shiplap to one of our living room walls.
Image : Pinterest
If the French look you love is more Parisian than Campagne then you might prefer to try adding panels to one or all walls in your living room instead of the rustic slats.
4. Borrow Light with a French Style Ornate Mirror
There are areas of our French living room that are a little on the sombre side. Despite having a nice big set of French windows onto the garden and a large window, it’s an issue we’re always battling with only having windows on the front, albeit south facing. My trick has been to add plenty of borrowed light with large French style ornate mirrors. These are a great way of adding French charm to your living room, and such a luxurious feel too, but above all they also bounce light into those dark areas beautifully. I plan to add another one, a bit like this above our sideboard next in the snug area.
5. Urn Shaped Lamp Bases with Linen Shades
I love a nice lamp and I think urn shaped lamps designs are great for capturing the French country farmhouse look. If you prefer something a bit more contemporary then glass lamp bases with linen shades look really elegant too, I love this one from John Lewis.
For true Parisian chic, always shop lamps in pairs!
I hope this gives you a few useful pointers creating your French inspired room. The key is to keep the colours on walls and furniture simple and add pops of brighter colour with texture and accessories.