DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: PARISIAN STYLE

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Parisian style is refined, elegant, glamorous and collected.

While Parisian interiors are less 'distressed' than French Provincial style, the mismatched melody of antique, vintage, and contemporary pieces adds a beautiful soul, nostalgia, and character to the home.

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This character is reflected in the intentional yet laissez-faire approach to design, blending the finest components of classicism with an elegant and refined twist. 

The beauty is in the detail and the aim is to create a dialogue between the past and present, where furniture and decor reflect both the individual's personal style and the richness of their history. 

For a step-by-step guide to creating the Parisian look in your own home, explore our guide below and shop the style online.

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FRENCH MAKERS & ARTISANS

Discover our exclusive collection featuring items beautifully crafted by French makers and expert artisans. 

Our collection includes the renowned Trudon candlemakers, antiques sourced from the Maison & Object trade fair in Paris & the Avignon flea market, Domaine Lumiere French Dinner candles, Laurent Trébout sculptures, Hector Saxe boardgames, & Vox Populi lighting.

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COLOUR PALETTE

The Parisian colour palette includes chalky whites, soft neutrals, pastel blues and greens, muted powder pinks and reds.

Lustre and luxury are reflected in metallic elements. 

To achieve a time-worn aesthetic, gilded finishes don’t have to be gleaming & shiny, instead look for signs of time worn patina in furniture, artwork and décor. 

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ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

Parisian style interiors honour the architectural features of original buildings, including the ornate plaster ceilings, mouldings, and the generous architraves and skirting. 

Delicately painted wall murals and ornately carved marble or timber fireplaces form the focal point of the room & offer a feeling of grandeur.

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FLOORING

The use of reclaimed french oak flooring in patterns of herringbone, chevron, repurposed planks & versailles panels are used extensively throughout the home.

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For a grand welcome, marble and geometric tiles in a checkerboard pattern add graphic interest and are commonly seen in entry halls and lobbies as they give the illusion of enlarging the space.

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These are complimented by oversized natural fibre rugs and faded woollen or silk Aubusson & Persian rugs, in classic flat-weave designs for colour, texture and softness underfoot.

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LIGHTING

As glamour is a major pillar of Parisian interiors, the illumination from antique or vintage crystal chandeliers, table candelabras, and wall sconces will accentuate the decorative ceilings, mouldings, and architectural details. 

These can be juxtaposed with a Constance Guisset vertigo pendant, oversize paper pendant, or a multi-light bubble chandelier. 

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Rectangular Lamp Base | Base Only | Bronze Finish
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Le Chasseur D'etoiles French Light | Made in Avignon
Le Chasseur D'etoiles French Light | Made in Avignon

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Low-level table candelabras, floor, wall, and table lamps are preferred to recess ceiling lights. 

These often feature carved, turned, baluster or fluted wooden, glass or metallic bases.

Other ideas include sculptural pendants, contemporary sconces and LED picture lights, adjustable metal wall lamps on arms and glass or gilded accent lights. 

Candlesticks of mouth-blown glass, bronze, and ormolu, grouped in different shapes and sizes adorn dinner tables, entry consoles, and sideboards. 

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WINDOW TREATMENTS

Window treatments of rich silk taffeta, time-worn damask, brocade or linen curtains soften the space and are generous in volume, often puddled on the floor as a sign of luxury and opulence. 

These often hang on beautiful brass, gilt or re-worked timber rods. 

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FURNITURE

One of the key design elements of Parisian interiors is the mismatch of antique and modern furniture. 

For example, an 18th century fruitwood armoire works in harmony with an 20th century Phillip stark ghost chair.

Other furniture pieces include walnut tables with slender, shapely legs with complimentary dining chairs, recycled parquetry tables, an 18th century marble topped commode, and gilded framed sumptuously upholstered occasional chairs and settees.   

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Group furniture together to create intentional zones, but leave some open space around these zones for an airy feeling.

Parisian interiors embrace their rich history and therefore furniture restoration can be kept to a minimum, allowing any imperfect decorative details such as timeworn brocade upholstery or floral tapestries, chipped gilt accents or carved wooden embellishments to exude their own charm amongst contemporary counterparts. 

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TEXTURE & MATERIALS

Soft furnishing & fabric choices include sumptuous velvets, heavy Belgian linens, brocade and silk embellished throws and cushions.  

Antique Tapestry and needlepoint cushions will add a beautiful sense of history.

Timeworn leather and timber furniture is positioned along gilded and luxe marble pieces for visual contrast and balance. 

Consider reupholstering newer pieces with vintage silk Fortuny fabrics, mohair velvet or natural linens, to achieve an old-world aesthetic.

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ART & MIRRORS

One of the defining features is the inclusion of gleaming gilt mirrors ranging from modern and structural in form to antique, ornate and timeworn, reflecting speckled aged glass. 

Look for a signature baroque or painted trumeau mirror, with foxed mirrored glass, demonstrating the pleasing patina of age.

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17th century oil paintings, still life portraits, marble or porcelain sculptures, wall murals and large tapestries can be contrasted with contemporary abstract paintings and beaded antique silver mirrors to accentuate their character. 

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ACCESSORIES: LOVED & LUSTRE

Parisian style is collected and classic so when it comes to accessorising your interior less is more.

The French word, 'chiner' (shi·né) translates to "antiquing", and relates to the love of hunting for old, antique, and unique pieces in brocantes, auction houses or second-hand stores. 

As opposed to other interior design styles, Parisian interiors enjoy taking their time to evolve and it has been said that the Parisians decorate how they dress; intentional, classic and timeless.

They design their interiors around key classic pieces and then add modern touches to avoid the space becoming too stuffy and formal. 

Parisian homes feature decorative items brought home from travels, inherited vintage heirlooms, and repurposed objects that tell a story of the individuals personality.

Some items to look out for on your next trip to the flea-market include:

  •  Worn, leather bound or faded paper books, antique bird cages on stands, keepsake trinket or antique silver jewellery boxes, objet d'art, decorative embellished photo frames and crystal girandole candleholders. 
  • For lustre, look for a vintage French glass demijohn bottles, brass planters, crystal stemware, mismatched antique silverware, and crackled glazed ceramic or hand-painted porcelain vases. 
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LIVING ENERGY

Add living energy to your interior space through floral arrangements, foliage, free-dried topiaries and seasonal fruits.

Floral arrangements are soft and fresh, bought from the local market, displayed in cut crystal glass, or vintage ceramic vases. 

Flowers such as roses, orchids, hydrangeas, lilies or peonies are perfect choice.

Utilise additional handcrafted and unique items to display these such as vintage alabaster, milk glass, marble, cut-crystal, cast iron bowls, urns and vases.

Formal boxed topiaries and carefully crafted hedging along with garden artistry and statues are often seen in parterre gardens and larger estates. 

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