Text by Hannah Jones
Effortlessly elegant, relaxed, and sophisticated, French style is one that’s copied in so many ways—our clothes, our beauty routines, even our overall lifestyles. But incorporating this delicate balance of design can be a little trickier when it comes to interiors. Below, we’ve curated a list of essentials for this sought-after home style so you can deck your own maison with French flair.
Hints of Gold
One classic element of French style? Gold. Gilded and beautiful, gold décor shouldn’t overtake a room, but should add a touch of elegant glam to the space.
Antiques and Vintage Pieces
French style values history, so before buying a new piece, search antiques stores and online for a piece with a storied past.
Touches of Wood and Natural Textures
French style effortlessly straddles the line of sophisticated and simple, elegant and rustic. Among the hints of gold in your design, bring in plenty of natural tone and texture to keep the space grounded. The more worn, the better.
Immediately obvious with French pieces is their intricate design. One look at a Louis XIV mirror or a French settee and you’ll get only a glimpse of the beauty that’s there. Look closer and you’ll see the intricate weaving of lines and florals. Just a few pieces with this sophisticated style are the perfect touch of French in a room.
One thing the French will always splurge on is their chandeliers. Gilded and dripping with crystal details or weathered with delicate lines, this staple of French style can be found in almost every room and commands attention.
The French approach to design is a casual one—they don’t take it too seriously. Don’t fret over your style choices; instead, try to go with your gut more. If something feels and looks right where it is, leave it. If not, try it somewhere else. Don’t stress about it!
Color Is Used Purposefully
French homes aren’t devoid of color, but homeowners do use it purposefully. Instead of splashing it all over, they choose a few pieces of furniture, an accent wall, subtle wallpaper, or even just florals to add that perfect hint of a hue.
Practical and Pretty
They may have built the Louvre, but the French are typically known for more for their charming country maisons than their grand chateaux. These cozy homes strike the perfect balance of lovely but efficient décor inside. Every piece has a purpose, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.
Keep It Classic
If you’re looking to perfectly achieve French style, avoid using trends too much. Stick to the traditional and include small pieces of on-trend décor, like animal print.
A classic element of a French home is plenty of art. From prints to paintings, a few pieces go a long way in making a space feel totally pulled-together and cozy.