6 French Interior Design Rules to Live By for an “Effortlessly” Chic Lifestyle

6 French Interior Design Rules to Live By for an “Effortlessly” Chic Lifestyle

Posted by Jackline Mukami | October 8, 2019 | Blog

Despite the endless number of guides on how to dress “Like a French Girl,” when it comes to interior design, we are more interested in the effortlessly chic ways that the French decorate their homes. They have got it down to a science: one part hair-blowing-in-the-breeze casual, and another part monarchy-style elegance.

We share with you tips on how to master the oh-so-stylish home look;

Respect the History

Almost all French projects are exclusively in 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century buildings in the heart of Paris, which translates to a lot of history!

Each apartment has its own interesting story and specific charm which needs to be respected. A good design should bring together the iconic character and elegance of the space with practical luxury.

Consider the French Lifestyle

French interiors are just as much about design as they are lifestyle. They appear so effortless, but only because they are built to accommodate the way you move through the room.

There are nooks to lounge in and creative storage for all of your mementos, to make daily life a breeze. The design itself is far from relaxed, but living in a French-style Maison couldn’t be easier.

Do not Trust Trends

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”: The more things change, goes the old French saying, the more they stay the same. Trends may come and go — in politics, fashion, food, decor, you name it — but the fundamentals of life are dependable, rooted as deeply as an ancient oak.

Take Cues from “Effortless” French Fashion

Just as disheveled as they are elegant, French interiors are never too curated or too perfect. The French adopt the same laissez-faire attitude towards interiors as they do with their style.

Keep it simple, mix vintage with new, and allow your memories and treasures brought home from travels to shape the space rather than sticking to any particular interior style.

Reuse and Recycle

The simple rule to follow when decorating is chiner, which means looking in many second-hand shops to find the perfect pieces. What’s important is to decorate in a sustainable and ecological way, and chiner, reusing, and reinventing a purpose for elements of decoration is part of that process.

Deviate from Neutral Colors

Although the French do have an affinity for chic all-white interiors, color is how they are able to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

At Wink Deco, a contemporary French interior design blog, their rule is that…there are no rules. They like to blend colors, time periods, and really any design style that speaks to them — and what could be more French than that?


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