French food. French countryside. French history. French style. We love it all. And French interior design makes no exception. Here’s how to channel ‘tres chic’ French style in your home:
Celebrate the French lifestyle through design
The French have an impeccable way of making even the most carefully curated living space look effortless. One of the ways they do this is by infusing their design with lifestyle enhancing furniture and accessories. The French know how to relax, indulge and enjoy life - so French styling reflects this. Sumptuous furniture (with plenty of throw cushions!) high quality robust linens and perfectly positioned practical essentials - stylish towels, woven baskets, quality aprons - take the place of a typically British tendency to shop for coordinating ornaments there to purely look pretty.
The first step to infusing French style into your home - reflect on your lifestyle and how you can transform your home to provide more comfort and luxury. Pick items you’ll love and appreciate day-to-day. The way the French do it: a beautiful spot to enjoy lengthily chats over wine, stylish French inspired kitchen accessories that are handy and beautiful, a shabby chic French dresser to house your crockery.
Opt for the understated
For rustic French charm, it’s all about the understated. Muted colour, comfort over extravagance. Our French Loaf properties have been styled to provide a gentle, welcoming haven in which to make memories - not a space you will be afraid to breath in, let alone let the children run free!
Indulge your senses
It’s back to the French lifestyle again; in France you have permission to stop and enjoy life. Take a break. Make lunch last longer. Drink, laugh, eat and eat and eat. Interior design reflects this not only through its practicalities but through the finishing touches which will let you indulge your senses. Think: extra soft towels, gorgeous scented candles, fresh flowers, lavender bags hanging in your wardrobes and nestled in your underwear drawer.
My favourite properties (French and elsewhere) are those infused with original character. Properties in which the traditional fireplaces are uncovered and restored, where flagstone tiles take centre stage in the kitchen and wooden beams are preserved. Style like the French by celebrating your homes history!
Natural materials are a great way of bringing character into your home too. Stone fireplaces, plenty of unpainted wood, woven rush textures, clay and ceramic pots, and aged iron and copper, for example.
Frame windows with shutters
Is there anything more quintessentially French than a pastel painted window shutter? Keep the early morning light out in style (for holiday-feel lazy lie ins, children allowing) or simply keep them open at all times and have them for that aesthetic allure.
Go French with your colour palette
For comforting shabby chic vibes, pick from the most popular colourways as used by the French. Keep it light and fresh with white or pale walls and ceilings then opt for colours inspired by the countryside to add personality: sunny yellows, meadow greens, pops of poppy red. Using shades like rust and antique white help subconsciously add a historic feel too.
Add Old World Accents
French country accents are a lovely way to bring French simplicity to your interior without having to redecorate completely. A decorative chandler, statement wall clock, beautiful mirror or quirky antique picked up on your French brocante strolls.
If you’re feeling inspired to add a touch of French delight to your interiors today, take a look at the French Loaf Home collection. Each item has been handpicked to help you experience French Loaf luxury long after your French holiday has ended.