The Complete Guide to Parisian-style Interior Decorating

Parisian style is refined, elegant and collected. As opposed to French Provincial style, Parisian interiors are less ‘distressed’, yet obtain an individual style through the mismatched melody of antique, vintage and new objects and furniture. An 18th century commode sits alongside a modernist sculpture, while a 17th century oil portrait in one room contrasts to a contemporary abstract painting in another.

Parisian interiors honour the architectural features of the buildings, including ornate plaster ceilings, mouldings, generous skirting boards and architraves. Walls are usually painted limed white and softened by heavy silk, brocade or linen drapery that is pooled on the floor.

Occasional antique upholstered settees and chairs sit beautifully beside a mid 20th Century Phillipe Starck ghost chair. Crystal chandeliers and wall sconces draw attention to the decorative ceilings and walls, while floor and table lamps are a preferred choice to recessed ceiling lights. Glamour is the major pillar of Parisian interiors.

The inclusion of decor such as gleaming gilt mirrors reflect their age through speckled aged glass, ornate marble fireplaces and parquet oak flooring. Floral arrangements are soft and fresh, as if bought from the local market, displayed in cut crystal glass or ceramic vases.

The beauty is in the detail and no two Parisian apartments will look the same as each will reflect the individual choices of its owner which is the true joy of this style.

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

    THE PARISIAN GUIDE

    • Subtle Colour palette; Chalky whites, pastel greens, muted reds, soft pastel pinks
    • Architectural features; Elaborate skirting boards, cornices, architectural mouldings and panelling, plaster corbels and mantelpieces.
    • Flooring; Versailles panelled floorboards, restored herringbone hardwood floors with Persian and Aubusson rugs.
    • Lighting; Crystal chandeliers, wall sconces. 
    • Window treatments; Heavy lined curtains and drapes in quality linen, velvet, silk or brocade. 
    • Furniture; Delicate carved period Armchairs, Louis dining chairs, Bergère Chairs, Settee, Gilded Furniture accents, Marquetry table tops and Parquetry furniture. 
    • Fabric; Sumptuous velvet, brocade, tapestries and silk embellished with braid and tassels.
    • Art; Oil portraits, panoramic wallpapers, gilded mirrors and frames.
    • Decorative; Array of leather books, meaningful objects, porcelain figures and vases, silver picture frames, crystal vases & decanters.
    • Plants; Fresh cut unstructured flowers and external boxed formal topiaries.

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    ATHENA CALDERONE

    Athena Calderone is a Design expert, Interior Designer, Creative and Stylist based in America. 

    Athena's style is defined by layered textures and patterns, contrasting vintage and modern pieces and unique decoratives and art. Read her blog here

    Buy her latest book 'Live Beautiful'

    Instagram: @eyeswoon

    Photo: © 2020 Athena Calderone

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    GILLES & BOISSIER

    Gilles & Boissier is an architecture, decoration and graphic design agency founded by the duo in 2004. 

    Eclectic and contemporary interiors. 

    Instagram: @gillesetboissier

    Photo Source: Gilles & Boissier 


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    Jacques Garcia

    Jacques Garcia is a French architect, interior and garden designer. His style epitomises the classic, traditional and opulent Parisian feel.

    Marble ceilings, wallpapers in rich greens, reds and blues, wainscotting and timeless antiques create a feeling of grandeur. 

    Instagram: @jacquesgarciaofficiel

    Photo Source: © 2018 Studio Jacques Garcia

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