Paris and all things French is certainly surrounding us everywhere we look. Parisian-style decorating can be found in all decor shops from furniture; French provincial styles to homewares including dinner ware, lamps and accessories.

The lure for home decorators to embrace this enduring trend in interior design, with elegant furniture, glamorous fabrics, and stylish accessories, whether your whole home or a selective room or space, is easier than you think.

So let’s start by looking at what you already have that can be transformed into the French persuasion.

Furniture– solid timber can easily be painted with a white wash or a pastel shade to your liking. Remembering to keep the flow which ever colour way you choose your furniture finish to be. The Provincial style has a casual, country influence, where the Parisian style lends to a formal classic influence. Take a page from the history books and make a statement with a beautifully upholstered classic Louis style arm chair or upholstered bed head.
Soft Furnishings– Use bespoke fabrics from florals, stripes and classic brocades to rich textures including velvets, flocked and jacquards. Remembering, that these patterns can flow onto the walls with beautiful wallpapers as well as your flooring with rugs and carpet. Neutral shades of black, ivory and gold will balance bright colours.

Accessorizing – is the fun part. The Eiffel Tower is depicted from prints to cushions to wire ornaments. Chandeliers and crystal candelabras whether functioning or a wall sticker work well with urns and exquisite clocks, bird cages and ornate framed mirrors. Wrought iron pieces either black or painted will always be in style and ideal for entrances or outdoor areas. The casual lifestyle of Parisians with their fondness for cafes and alfresco dining can be brought easily into your environment. A bistro table setting gives mood instantly.

Let your family and friends know your interest in all things French, as ideal gift giving that will help you achieve your desired look.

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