Oh la la! There is something classic, effortless, and extremely chic about French style that can make even the most put-together American feel shabby. But this isn’t a surprise, considering France is a country that invests heavily in art and design and cultivates an appreciation for the finer things in life. The modern French family home is no exception, encapsulating utility, minimalism, and quality in a way that is modern but still distinctly French. How can we capture that special “je ne sais quoi” in our homes here in the states? See our tips below on how to sprinkle a little bit of French flair into your home this holiday season.
It is clear from fashion on the streets of Paris as well as in interior design that the French are masters of understated beauty. This elegant subtlety is achieved in the home with a very light color pallette-think white walls and creamy neutral floors, drapery, and furniture.
Add a Touch of Glam
While the modern French home errs on the side of calm and understated, French families will still savour a glint of glamour and drama in their homes. The dramatic portrait and opulent bust on this Parisian family’s dresser is a perfect example.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
Relaxation and time with family are important values in French culture, so creating an outdoor space where one can recline and rewind with others is important. This can be as simple as starting a garden or buying some comfy outdoor furniture.
Honor the Bones
Contrary to the United States, many buildings in France have histories dating back for hundreds of years. In rural areas it is common for families to live in farmhouses that have been handed down from generation to generation. These buildings tell stories of the past and have decades of building materials and styles pasted on to them like patchwork quilts. The French typically allow these stories to speak in their homes, from crumbling stone walls to aged wooden ceiling beams and ceramic tiles.
But Look to the Future
While France is country steeped in history, it is also a modern one set in contemporary times. This is perhaps most apparent in the French family kitchen, which is typically ultra modern with bright lacquered cabinets, modern appliances, and sleek hardware. A perfect contrast to a glass of vin rouge or a fresh baguette.
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