The Parisians are synonymous with style and when it comes to interiors, they’ve mastered that characteristic classic and contemporary mix to perfection.
The exquisite mix of old and new, Parisian décor is the definition of chic: gorgeous interiors with vintage details and traditional color schemes are balanced by modern, luxe-looking pieces. When antique elements and ornate detail are paired with sleek furniture and lush fabrics, the resulting look is freshly French and feels trendy.
A Parisian home clearly embraces its roots with gorgeous moldings, a stunning chandeliers and beautiful furnishings, mixes parquet floor or gilded bronze hardware with antique furniture to create a space that is distinct and eclectic.
Parisians are masters at harmoniously combining juxtaposing styles. 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 go beautifully with pieces of age and history. Edgy, streamlined furniture is the perfect match for those period architectural details like elegant and intricate moldings and high Parisian ceilings.
So you can include this feature of Parisian chic by offsetting vintage furniture with cool textures such as poured concrete, glass or marble. Or place old furniture on a contemporary rug. Flank dainty antique objects with oversized pieces of colorful modern art, or upholster a sofa in old French ticking and team with a sleek, glass top or varnished coffee table. An old, threadbare runner placed down a hallway, looks beautiful, surrounded by well-packed bookcases, jam-packed with novels, lighting, frames and old and new trinkets. For a quick and easy update, simply install an old chandelier above a modern table setting for dazzling effect – it may be a bit of a cliché, but it’s the simplest way to introduce a bit of Parisian style into your home.
Bold, bright, and garish colors have no place in a Parisian chic home—it’s all about creating a subdued palette that lets shapely pieces and interesting patterns and finishes steal the show. Consider a monochrome scheme of layers of gray with touches of metallic or paint your walls in a chalky green or warm linen hue. Add small moments of color via accents or art. For a soft and feminine interior, turn to a cakey palette of on-trend colours such as pear, marshmallow, pistachio, lemon and praline.
While your home might not boast the marble mantels or ornate mouldings that a typical Parisian salon does, a few thoughtfully chosen props can create a similar effect and make you feel like you’re in Paris.
So take a look at our collection of Parisian chic interiors that we created and get inspired to incorporate this charming look in your home.