How to create a French style home design

Fashion and style are something on which the French have never compromised. Even though Parisian fashion has moved away from bustles and powdered wigs, their unique style is still reflected in almost everything they do. French homes are famous for being glamorous with an impeccable ‘undone’ appeal and effortless aesthetics.

It is important to note that designing a stylish home takes more than just buying and placing functional furniture and decorative accessories around. Whether you have recently moved or are planning to renovate your house, there is more to consider than opting for functional or comfortable furniture.

Here are a few tips for creating a French style home design.

upholstered chaiseGiving character to your furniture

While it is important to have comfortable furniture around the house, don’t forget to add some character to your rooms with the beautiful and artistic pieces. You can choose to refurbish your old furniture by reupholstering it or painting it in eye catching colours such as gold, yellow, white etc. portofino french chestHowever, if you are not sure how to create this look yourself, you can opt for French style furniture to add stylish pieces for your bedroom, dining room or lounge.

Classic French style pieces such as an Upholstered Chaise or the Portofino French Chest are popular choices for creating this look.


Have a glamorous focal point in every room

antique free standing mirrorChic French homes have a touch of the glamorous. This does not mean that you should pile Victorian era furniture in your living room. A simple focal point such as dramatic drapes or a golden oversized mirror can also do the trick. The

Antique Gilt Free-standing Mirror not only looks stunning, the full size mirror also helps to reflect light in darker rooms and give the appearance of extra space.

You can also opt for French style furniture as it is timeless and elegant. For example, you can place a shabby chic armoire in your bedroom for your clothing.

mirror chateau armoirArmoires are essentially a freestanding storage piece which is an important part of French home design. The Portfonio Mirror Chateau Armoire adds a stylish yet dramatic focal point to any bedroom design.

You can also add a bit of glitter and sparkle in your house. While French interiors are never flashy, they do almost always have a vintage or antique piece such as a chandelier to add a focal point. smoked glass chandelierEnsuring that your light fixtures look ‘original’ is an important part of creating a French style home design. The 2 Tier Smoked Glass Chandelier provides a classic, antique style while the smoked crystal droplets add the extra sparkle.

Shabby Store stocks a wide range of French style and shabby chic furniture that is perfect for creating a French style home design. View our full range and buy online for fast UK delivery, or call us on 01509 323 102 for more information.

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