French interiors are a wonderful mixture of contradictions, luxury and economy, clean detailed ornate designs and shabby worn out aesthetics. If you have ever seen a French home, you’ll notice how they don’t really care about buying expensive new things and how they make the most contrasting aspects work together in harmony instead of worrying about matching everything up. Whether you want your home to be a very modern and chic or you want it to be old fashioned with a rustic style to it, there are a few easy tips to help you achieve the look you most desire.
Scout Garage Sales and Flea Markets
There is no need to always visit interior stores to find fabulous furniture or decorative items. Sometimes the humble of all places provide you with the best of choices. Garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets have innumerable varieties of products and with a little bit of imagination and some patience you will see that quite a lot of them are exactly what you are looking for.
Distress Your Old Furniture
If you have some old furniture don’t sell them or throw them away. There are so many DIY projects that you can do with them to turn them into something far more beautiful. Distressing furniture is a way of ageing them to artificially give them a rustic look. All you need is a light colored paint and a piece of furniture to experiment on.
Think Muted Colors
Most French décor is about subdued hues and muted colors. Warm creamy shades, pale mints and blues, pastel pinks and greens and all such colors will work perfectly and give natural soft accents to the room. Or if you’d rather use wallpaper, try the ones with the same colors with simple patterns on them.
Try Toile and Old Chandeliers
If there is anything that can transform your interiors into total French décor, it’s toile and old, vintage or worn out looking chandeliers. Use toile print for your bed sheets and to upholster your furniture, or try hanging a chandelier in the hall to give your place some character.
Use Mirrors to Create Ambient Light
Using mirrors on the walls in between the windows and on the mantelpiece with candles or small lamps in front of them can do wonders to the general atmosphere of the room. There are mirrors the French use specifically for this purpose called Trumeau mirrors, which were originally manufactured during the 18th century. If you find them too expensive, try using a regular mirror with some fancy frame instead.