From high-shine gilding to luxurious silks and country kitchens, the French have been thought leaders in the design world for centuries. Get inspired to update your interiors using one or more of these French style features.
The Late Baroque era, also known as Rococo, was highly influential in French design. Though it’s not nearly as popular now, it’s typically what one would imagine when thinking of French décor. Rococo includes lots of gilded detailing, sweeping drapes, wall panels trimmed with gold and mahogany furniture usually upholstered in velvet, leather or brocade. You can incorporate Rococo style into your home through the use of silk throw pillows,flamboyant chandeliersandaccented bed frames.
French Country has been hailed as the pinnacle of quality design because it seamlessly mixes both classic French design elements with homey, rustic décor. The style originated from the Provence region of France. Add French Country to your living space through the use of toile fabrics, farm animal ornamentation and earthy tones.
Toile de Jouy
Originating from the French city of Jouy, toile de Jouy is a printed pattern that typically appears on wallpapers, curtains and upholstery. Toile typically sits on a white or cream background with a pastoral scene printed in a singular color on top. Take inspiration from this classic French style by adding a patterned wallpaper or velvet chair to your living room.
Practical, but Pretty Storage Solutions
While American closets are typically much larger than their French counterparts, you can still take a tip from the French on this one. French homes typically include an armoire in the bedroom to make up for the lack of closet space. Add one to the entryway to serve as a coat closet. Not only are they practical, but they provide an air of elegance and timelessness. Choose one with an aged wood finish for an antique feel. Another pretty storage solution used often by the French is the corner cabinet, called the encoignure in French. The encoignure can add a level of coziness and provincial charm to any room.