четверг, 29 октября 2015 г.

10 Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian

10 Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian
10 Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian

10 Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian

You know what they say… Paris is always a good idea. When it comes to impeccable interiors, the French certainly have it down. We’ve taken a look at some of our favorite chic Parisian rooms to discern exactly what sums up that sophisticated je ne sais quoi. From crystal chandeliers to dramatic drapery, here’s our roadmap for decorating like Parisian.


Photo by William Waldron/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by William Waldron/Interior Archive

Have a Cubist Moment


Cubism was pioneered in France by artists Pablo Picasso (a Spaniard who lived in Paris) and French painter Georges Braque. A spot of the avant-garde art in your home is a subtle nod to the French, and you’ll find it in many Parisian apartments and houses. However, one piece won’t give you the Parisian chic look: It’s the juxtaposition of the 20th-century works with antiques, imported furnishings, and other elements that drives this sophisticated style.


  • Georges Braque, Ajax
    Georges Braque, Ajax $399 Favorite
  • Cartier in the 20th Century*
    Cartier in the 20th Century $75 Favorite

Photo by Claude Weber/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Claude Weber/Interior Archive

Celebrate Your Architecture


Okay, you may not live in a Haussmann-style apartment on Rue Saint Honoré with elaborate ceiling moldings, original restored herringbone hardwood floors, and other intricate period details, but whatever architectural assets your home is blessed with, showcase them. Choose a paint that complements your patterned ceramic tiled floors. Pick a fabulous chandelier that draws attention to your high ceilings. Embrace your home’s beautiful bones.


  • French Architectural Sconces, Pair
    French Architectural Sconces, Pair $275 Favorite
  • Detailed Architecture
    Detailed Architecture $189 Favorite

Photo by Mark Luscombe-Whyte/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Mark Luscombe-Whyte/Interior Archive

  • Round Wall Mirror, Silver Leaf*
    Round Wall Mirror, Silver Leaf $1015 Favorite
  • Mahogany Carlton Desk by Gerte
    Mahogany Carlton Desk by Gerte $6559 Favorite

Photo by Montse Garriga/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Montse Garriga/Interior Archive

  • S/6 Travertine Puzzle Table, Gold Leaf*
    S/6 Travertine Puzzle Table, Gold Leaf $855 Favorite
  • Crown Mirror, Gold
    Crown Mirror, Gold $429 Favorite

Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive

Decorate With European Antiques


Antiques are a must-have for every sophisticated home, but they seem to be innate in Parisian interiors. However, French homes tend to showcase European antiques (naturally), as well as imported Chinoiserie. Louis XVI, Louis XV, and Louis XIV chairs—similar with slight differences—are a hallmark of Parisian homes, not to mention a worthwhile investment you can use in any room in the house.


  • Antique Silk-Upholstered Settee*
    Antique Silk-Upholstered Settee $1995 Favorite
  • Antique French Blue Lamps, Pair
    Antique French Blue Lamps, Pair $7975 Favorite

Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive

  • Bessie Side Chair, Wheat*
    Bessie Side Chair, Wheat $155 Favorite
  • Bubble Rug, Dark Gray*
    Bubble Rug, Dark Gray $889 – $2975 Favorite

Photo by Montse Garriga/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Montse Garriga/Interior Archive

Bring in Fuss-Free Flowers


A bouquet of flowers is the perfect finishing touch for a Parisian chic room, but don’t get too fussy with elaborate arrangements with a mix of colors and flowers. Just stock up on stems of a single type of flower, be it roses, hydrangea, or whatever you fancy, and you’ll find strength in numbers.


  • 9
    9" Dahlias Arrangement in Vase, Faux $159 $300 Favorite
  • 14
    14" Rose Arrangement in Vase, Faux $239 $460 Favorite

Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive

Add a Touch of Crystal


Like Laguiole steak knives—the ultimate handmade French cutlery—crystal chandeliers are ubiquitous in Parisian homes. A natural place for one is a dining room, but you can also add a little sparkle in a small powder room, a children’s bedroom, or in any room that needs a romance and glamour.


  • 4-Light Paris Chandelier, Bright Crystal
    4-Light Paris Chandelier, Bright Crystal $285 Favorite
  • Ship Chandelier, Glass/Bronze
    Ship Chandelier, Glass/Bronze $5139 Favorite

Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive

Make It Modernist


Antiques are common in Parisian interiors, but they’re not the only game in town. Modernism is much heralded by the French, and modernist pieces juxtapose beautifully with pieces with age and history. Edgy, streamlined furniture is the perfect match for those period architectural details we mentioned earlier.


  • Parma Floor Lamp, Black*
    Parma Floor Lamp, Black $249 $330 Favorite
  • Barrel-Back  Lounge Chairs, Pair*
    Barrel-Back Lounge Chairs, Pair $1875 Favorite

Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive<br />
Photo by Simon Upton/Interior Archive

Hang Glorious Drapes


Every Parisian chic interior needs a captivatingly romantic element, and lush curtains that pillow and pool onto the floor are the perfect candidate. Silk is usually the material of choice, but linen can be equally beautiful with elegant pinch-pleat detailing. If you do want to go bold with color, this is the place to do it.


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