8 Chic-to-Death French Home Tours We Love (and How to Get the Look)
Nothing sparks the imagination quite like a French interior does, and we all want to cook in their breathtaking kitchens. That’s why we’re constantly looking to our chic European neighbors for tips on how to mimic their nonchalant and seemingly inimitable style, from design to fashion to beauty. From the romantic to the rustic, our French sisters have nailed that effortless aesthetic without ever compromising luxury. While at first glance it might seem there isn’t much to it, looks can be deceiving.
The secret to perfecting this Parisian art is all in the details: antique furniture, elevated decorative accents, crystal chandeliers, all in a fairly minimal color palette with a hint of gold. Placement of these pieces should also be carefully considered, but not too much. Remember, effortless is key here. So in honor of our adoration, we compiled eight of our favorite French tours with style notes and key pieces to get the look at home.
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This grand living room has all the traditional French elements we’ve come to know and love. The delicate chandelier and romantic gilded architectural accents complement the baroque-style antique sofa. This room sets the tone for the lavishly decorated home, with graceful furniture, vintage side tables, and traditional oil paintings. The chic chevron flooring anchors the fairy-tale look.
Style It Like Saint-Germain-des-Prés
In the typical Parisian effort not to step too far outside the monochrome palette, this French home dips its stylish toes in the brighter end of the color spectrum. A hint of lime green, gold, and blue courtesy of the abstract oil painting add an essential pop of eclecticism to an otherwise simple entry. The Serge Mouille two-arm wall sconce brings much-needed dynamic flair.
Mimic the Cool Haussmann Style
The kitchen is the pride of any French home, and this stunning apartment by A+B Kasha doesn’t dial back the style factor. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this Parisian beauty would make anyone look forward to cooking thanks to that cool black oven, accented with copper pots no less. We can just smell those classic French dishes bubbling away on the stovetop.
Cook Up a Chic Kitchen
Ramp Up the Romance
While the color palette is minimal, the powerful patterned floor of this home in Fontainebleau, France, adds a hint of whimsy and a graphic focal point to seamlessly blend the dining and hallway entry. But if you really want to ramp up the romance, add a gilded leaning mirror.
Give It That Elegant Touch
This stunning apartment-studio hybrid is home to the young and talented design duo Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay of Festen Architecture. It’s insanely minimal, with an acute decorating approach. Each piece of furniture is iconic by design, from the Sori Yanagi butterfly stool to the Aldana coffee table—even the art is displayed how the cool kids do it. The blank white walls and ceiling further highlight the design and the architecture’s historic details.
Add a Hint of Chic
When the bones of your home are this good, only a sprinkle garnish is required. Any more and you’d overcook it. This striking home in the très chic Parisian arrondissement Le Marais fuses modernity with rustic glamour. The sparkling vintage chandelier and contemporary gallery wall of black-and-white photographs offset the neutral color scheme.
Sprinkle In That Luxe Factor
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Simplicity is everything in this serene Le Marais residence that strikes a balance between modernity and traditional styles. The antique French chairs add a historic element while the contemporary artwork is forward-looking. Once again, the timber chevron flooring takes center stage, with the smallest vintage rug near the French doors adding the only hint of color.