Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3 French Decorating Styles to Copy this Spring

Spring is a time for new beginnings. Out with the old and in with the new, they say! We suggest redecorating your home as part of your spring cleaning routine this year. If you’re so inclined, we’ve gathered some of our favorite French spring styles and trends to help you plan your refresh. There’s no need to replace everything in your home; small changes and carefully selected home goods can transform an entire look with minimal effort!

ashley-darryl inspiration
(Photo Courtesy of Ashley Darryl)

1. Add A Breadth of Blue
Indigo, electric, steel, sea foam, cobalt, saphire, navy…with so many choices, you can’t go wrong. Use the color sparingly, with dashes of blue in your accent pieces or use it as much as you like, with various shades cascading throughout the room, like in the example above. Plants, natural textiles, and metals act like a palate cleanser, making room for the next course of blue.

If it’s accents you seek, carefully pick a bright glass vase, a leather seat, an upholstered chair or even a lamp to brighten a neutral room.

blue home decor

The color blue instills calmness. It’s inviting and soothing. Any and every room in your home deserves use a dose of its charm.

2. Get Graceful with Glass
Vintage glass adds an elegant, superior look to any space. Look for timeless pieces with clean lines and quality metals. Brass for instance, has proven to withstand the test of time in regards to durability and never goes out of style. Play with tinted or smoked glass for a new twist on an old classic. 

home decor by designer Shelby Girard
(Photo Courtesy of Designer Shelby Girard)

Find your favorite glass styles in bar carts, side tables, vanities and mirrors to compliment your existing decor. Or, create a new space using glass as your focal point.

glass home decor

By Jean-Marc Fray: 1. Vintage French Gilt Brass Console Table2. Mid-Century French Silver Plated Cart3. Pair “Pulegoso” Hand Blown Murano Globe Lamps

Depending on your personal taste, you can choose from warmer shades like those noted above, or darker, cooler aesthetics. We love the architectural details of this contemporary loft in Barcelona. It borrows style and elegance from the French Art Deco design.

Decor by Katty Schiebeck
(Photo Courtesy of Katty Schiebeck)

3. Luxury Lighting

Lighting can make or break the look and feel of a room, so don’t make it an afterthought. Lighting evokes certain emotions, adds depth and even color. Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a restaurant the lighting makes a huge difference in the ambiance? Dim lights creates intimacy. Natural light brings energy. Your home is exactly the same. Spurge on luxury lighting that sets the tone for your room and and makes your guests feel welcome. Consider that different rooms will need different amounts of light. Feel free to be playful with your choices, mixing old and new styles and shapes.

 

french chandelier
Jean-Marc Fray: Murano Globe Glass Textured Chandelier 
plastolux lighting
(Photo Courtesy of Plastolux) 

Seasonal trends may come and go, but French style is always on trend. Feel free to share your looks with us online. We’re inspired by others’ creativity, too!

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