There's a reason that the effortless, always polished French look is currently en vogue. The perfect mix of old and new, Parisian décor is the definition of chic: gorgeous interiors with vintage details and traditional colour schemes are balanced by modern, luxe-looking pieces. When antique elements and ornate details--whether real or newly constructed--are paired with sleek furniture and lush fabrics, the resulting look is freshly French and feels very right now. Read on for tips on how to get that perfect Parisian accent in your own maison. Give your home history, even if it doesn't have one. DIY moulding and antique architectural details give the space a vintage vibe--and your guests won't be the wiser.
Sleek pieces with a modern edge will add contrast to the space, keeping the feel fresh, not frumpy.
A bold chandelier makes a striking statement. Update the Versailles-friendly look with a more contemporary option that still packs that wow-factor.
Rich fabrics and gleaming metal details add a glamorous element that is distinctly French.
The perfect white can set the tone of an entire room. Pick the best hue to keep your space looking crisp, clean, and classic.
Photographs: 1. Courtesy of Catherine Kwong Design, 2. Simon Upton for Elle Decor, 3. Courtesy of Cote Paris, 4. Richard Powers, 5. Courtesy of Bolaget, 6. Christian Schaulin for Dewll, 7. Kate Martin for Elle Decor, 8. Courtesy of Elle Decor Spain, 9. Courtesy of Rizzoli, 10. Courtesy of The Pinnacle List, 11. Courtesy of Joseph Dirand, 12. Courtesy of Nest, 13. Courtesy of Juan Montoya, 14. Courtesy of David Duncan Livingstone
|Architectural Fragment, $79, Restoration Hardware||Chelsea House Ornate Framed Mirror, $412, Capitol Lighting||Antique Wood Column, $3495, Jayson Home|
|This Frame Lounge Chair, From $1485, Lawson Fenning||Murphy Sofa, $1399, Room & Board||Lovbacken Side Table, $60, IKEA|
|Parker Chandelier, Price Upon Request, Matthew Studios||Socket-To-Me Chandelier, $360, Y Lighting||Albedo Suspension Lamp, $1435, Ambiente Direct|
|Kevla Black Steel Wool Stool, $185, HD Buttercup||Cubism Brass, $3500, 1st Dibs||Adam & Viktoria Bitter Chocolate Pillow, $197, Zinc Door|
|"Chantilly Lace" OC-65, From $37, Benjamin Moore||"Great White" 2006, From $93, Farrow & Ball||"Decorator's White" CC-20, From $37, Benjamin Moore|