Pastels Are So Parisian Chic Aren’t They?
I love all white interiors, they’re my favourite French interiors look. In fact, the only other colours I usually allow in to any room are French grey and a Breton stripe – at a push! That’s what I love about French home style, it’s an easy look to throw together that’s very forgiving and inexpensive.
My love of white interiors aside! The inner girlie in me is so drawn to the gentle pastel hues that are one of the top interior trends for 2016. I’m going to show you how you can channel the pastel colour trend into a French style home using some macarons, hand dyed antique French linen, Annie Sloan painted napkins and the first spring blooms from my French cottage garden as props. I think you’ll agree, there are many other ways to do pastels than just pink.
Above : I dyed this vintage French linen sheet with some regular fabric dye in the washing machine. You could add colour with natural dyes like beetroot for pink or onions for soft yellow shades. I’ve never tried this but I have a friend who does this regularly and the results are ideal for a rustic French home style as nothing needs to be too perfect ( thankfully! ).
My next make, using the same method are these pretty pastel linen napkins. I firstly dyed them with fabric dye then hand painted on the stripes. You can revisit my previous blog on Painting Fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint here. For this project I used Annie Sloan Old White, a lovely creamy, chalky white. Above: My favourite local interior design shop in Poitou Charentes is Esprit de Famille in Ruffec where I found this lovely faded blue painted wooden salad bowl for around 15e.
This pretty French style would be so nice at a French summer wedding I think? Don’t you?
What I’ve discovered on my little colour journey is that decorating with pastels can be quite forgiving. Look how beautifully these pops of yellow, pink and green sit together. I had to go the whole hog after this mini French home shoot and add some hand dyed pink slip covers using vintage french fabric to our sofas. The beauty of playing with colour in this way is that once you’re bored of it, you just whip off the covers and try something new!
Meanwhile, while I was busy styling and snapping. Somebody’s been waiting very quietly in the wings…
Waiting for the right moment to dive in…
And grab a chocolate macaron!