Whether you are thinking of refurbishing just one room or completely restyling your entire home, choosing the right style for you can be a problem. Using neutral colours and minimal furniture in very modern styles could look bland and lifeless, while strong colours and cluttered furnishings can shrink your space. To find a happy medium that is stylish, elegant and classic, why not take inspiration from the chic apartments of Paris and use examples of French style furniture to complete your look.
The beauty of furnishing your home in this fashion is that you can take the look into every room in the house, from a rustic farmhouse kitchen with painted white units and bright blue accessories, to a French city apartment bathroom with white wood and rattan accessories.
The rustic rural farmhouse look can give your home a feeling of the French countryside. Think of a large waxed farmhouse table, coupled with a matching buffet and ladder back chairs for the dining room and perhaps a wrought iron day bed and large armoire for the sitting room or lounge. Country interiors have a warm and homey feel whilst still retaining graceful French vogue with beautiful accessories and pretty fabrics. The practical simplicity of this look accommodates the modern way of life with ease and complements many styles of interior décor.
If the French farmhouse look is not to your taste, there are many other ways to achieve French style in your home. The key to finding the right pieces is really to look for a feeling of history in their design and a sense of the craftsmanship that was involved in the process of making them.
There are, of course, many different periods in French furniture history and perhaps the reproduction style most in demand in recent times is from the Rococo period. Popularised by the vintage ‘shabby chic’ trend and dating from the reign of Louis XV, pieces are characterised by intricate decorative accents and ornate plant, flower and shell motifs, as well as carved scrolls and an asymmetric appearance in the detail.
Modern reproductions of this style can be found in white and black, as well as gold, silver and wood tones, which have a feeling of great style and luxury about them. Whether you are looking for a complete set of bedroom furniture or just an armchair and bookcase for the lounge, this particular French style offers a touch of opulence for your home without the sacrifice of your comfort.