5 Ways To Breathe Some French Air Into Your Home

The global love for French Interiors was still very much at the forefront of home styling in 2015. If you’re a fan of the French chic look, here are 5 simple ways to add a little je ne sais quoi to your home.

1. Embrace Curves

French side table

The French art of creating a luxurious home combines Louis inspired curves, side tables with turned legs and muted colours harmoniously. More modern interpretations combine glass with natural wood for pared back Chateau-chic.

Style Tip

Versailles or Vichy – when it comes to bedding and tableware, invest in high quality linen for swathes of French finesse. The White Company Provence Side Table £250.

2. Experiment with Symmetry 

French overmantel mirror

Symmetry has become synonymous with glamorous interiors. Whether pairing lamps with a French over mantel mirror or placing coffee tables either side of a French style sofa, this simple technique gives an instant feeling of luxury. Why have one of something beautiful when you can have two?

Style Tip

Pick traditional French shapes to accessorise your living room; solid lamp bases, statement mirrors or a twinkling chandelier. John Lewis Palazzo Mirror £400.

3. Reupholster Using French Fabric

Reupholster with French Fabric

If you’re tired of your sofa not living up to the look you dream of then reupholstery can give your current furniture a whole new lease of life. Whether you are drawn to something elegant like this rich, French Chateau fabric from Plumbs or prefer a rustic French stripe, updating a sofa or chair will transform your room overnight.

Style Tip

Be brave and reupholster an armchair in a contrasting print or add coordinating cushions for a splash of playful colour in your living room. Toile de jouy, checks or stripes work best.

4. Explore Au Naturel Colours

French Style Linen ChairThink understated chic. Natural Linens are the perfect way to add relaxed French style to your living or dining room decor.  If you haven’t the budget to change your chair or sofa entirely, try adding natural accents with cushions, curtains and lampshades to achieve the same feel.

Style Tip

Paint furniture legs to update hand-me-down pieces, then add linen upholstery for an eclectic look that’s truly personalised. The White Company Petersham Armchair from £1400.

5. Sheer Panels

Sheer Panels

Sheer white panels allow light to filter in while providing privacy from passers by. Some of the most iconic French interiors use sheer panels in fabrics like linen, lace or chiffon to achieve this pretty look. Whether you opt for modern or traditional trends, this trick works well with both.

Style Tip

Keep tones simple when using sheer panels to avoid an overly fussy look. Feminine folds of fabric work brilliantly with solid grey or taupe furnishings in the background. M&S Sheer Voile Curtains £19.50.

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