Are you a master of the cheese aisle at your local grocery? Do you own more than 150 scarves? We understand. There’s something so sweet, timeless, and elegant (yet also stylish, modern, and sophisticated) about French culture that makes it impossible to not want to partake. N’est-ce pas? The obsession bleeds right into interiors. We adore the mix of elaborate, traditional structures, modern furniture, and glamorous decor that’ll give your room the French feminine flair you’ve been needing. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorite French feminine interiors with insider tips on how you can get the look!
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Who says beige has to be boring? The darling look above is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hillsborough Beige, and we’re absolutely smitten! When choosing a palette for a French feminine look, pick a base color that occurs in nature. While pink may be the perfect accent color, stray away from entirely pink walls. Pink walls read nursery. We recommend all-white walls, but soft browns, blues, yellows, greens, and greys all work too. Make sure to keep all of your wood finishes white (bonus points if they’re whitewashed—like wood from a French country farmhouse itself!). To accent the room with feminine flair, choose a muted tone of an otherwise bright color. Here is where pink can work like magic. Lavender, sunny yellows, powder blue, and mint green are great options as well.
source: House & Home Magazine
source: Vogue Living
Whether you’re a Marion Cotillard, Catherine Denueve, or Coco Chanel, the key to impeccable Parisian posh is in the details. Just look at the sitting room above. Notice the subtly of the curved sofa that imbues the room in soft, creamy undertones. The pink roses match the simple daybed and accent pillows. The ornate chandelier is glorified twofold in its reflection from the built-in mirror. And did we mention the exquisite moulding? Pro tip: Make sure to feature your features! Why do you think people are so drawn to the prewar, Parisian apartment? It’s not a trick question. It’s the lush architectural features: grand ceilings, decadent cornices, parquet floors… if you’re lucky enough to have any of these features in your home, flaunt them! Don’t busy your space with too much decor (If you cover up your paneled walls with a gallery wall, you’ll have us in tears!).
source: Alyssa Rosenheck
This first bedroom by Alyssa Rosenheck barely has any pink. In fact, it’s almost absent of color! But the room still reads feminine due to the French country bed and bench, the floral and scalloped pillow, and the floor length curtains in a muted beige stripe. Note how the walls are painted the perfect French white—not too blue and cold, but not too yellow. The second bedroom is more traditionally feminine, with two key elements you need for feminine French flair: a comfy, tufted bench and a fur rug to sink your toes in!
You may imagine the apartment above in a charming building off Rue Cler near the Musée d’Orsay, but it’s actually located on the Upper West Side! There are so many things we love here: the Beaux-Arts architecture, the oversized sheepskin layered on rug, and the bright-blue hydrangeas basking in the sunlight. But let’s focus on the pattern play. Upholstering your living room or dining room chairs in a stylish pattern or fabric is a great contemporary approach to incorporating the traditional French countryside toiles you love into your design while remaining city chic.
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source: Vogue Living
Adding modern furniture into the mix is the final touch that’ll give your space the sophisticated style we admire when browsing French interiors. Options from our Modern Classic collection work really well in the feminine atmosphere because of their classical silhouettes set in sleek modern materials. You can also never go wrong with some glamorous regency decor (every French woman knows how to wear her jewelry). When decorating with the feminine French style in mind, our final tip is to keep it simple. You won’t see many true French interiors that are filled with gallery walls, curios, or abundant tabletop decor. Embrace the negative space of a room, and let the natural beauty from the architecture shine through. Choose a few luxury items you love and stick with them.
Get the look below, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section. What is your favorite French look?
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