French Modern Design

French Modern Design in 4 Easy Steps

Ah, Paris. A city that serves as a beacon of style, in fashion, architecture and design.  

There is something about this Parisian inspired decor that feels so effortless, yet so hard to replicate. French modern design is informed, composed, and adventurous — Inspired by Paris itself. It is a stunning blend of sophistication borrowed from different styles, incorporating bold elements with traditional design.

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If you want to turn your home into an impossibly chic, French-inspired space, master French modern design in these four simple steps. 

1. Ultra-White Walls
The pull towards ultra-white walls goes back to design in Paris itself since many of their city apartments were dark due to a lack of light. Even with those blessed with natural light, the white walls have become a signature of French modern design. 

While you do not need to run to the paint store and turn the whole place white, try to keep things as neutral as you can. Bold and bright colours have their own place in French design, but it is not on the walls. We are trying to create a quiet, calm, and subdued palette with touches of metallics and small amounts of colours in the accents or art. 

If you want to go the extra mile - but do not live in a historical building - add some wallpaper boarders to your white walls to get the true Parisian effect. 

2. Elegant Lighting 
One sure-fire way to add a splash of chic into your French-inspired space is with elegant lighting. In this case, the light fixtures take on a life of their own. 

While lighting adds a functional element to any space, this time it is more about the style. Incorporate traditional table or floor lamps to further brighten your space. A chandelier will add an upscale touch to any space without needing to be too formal! Bonus points if you can find some lighting with crystal drops.

3. Art 
In a city where art is revered, a space without artwork is never fully dressed.  

Parisian artwork takes on many forms but the simplest way to master it at home is to look for something that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms, and gestural market to achieve its effect.

4. Furniture 
This is where the magic happens. While we love the look of a room beautifully decorated with a matching furniture set, that’s not going to happen in this trend. 

Much like the rest of the style, furniture pieces will be simple yet elegant. Look for some classic pieces and pair them with some clean-cut modern statement makers. 

Try pairing a modern, contemporary sofa with two classic armchairs and a marble coffee table or a large, upholstered chaise lounge with minimalistic, bold chairs and glass top table.

Pro-tip: This style is all about antiques, so if you have any old furniture pieces lying around that can be brought back to life, it is a bonus!
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