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French Inspired Interior Design and Décor Ideas

Shangri La Hotel in Paris via Paint + Pattern Shangri-La Hotel in Paris

Beauty Endures. That’s been an underlying current in all aspects of interior design in France. Character and flair mix together to create a wide variety of styles, from French Country to Bohemian Opulence to Parisian Chic. We’ve gathered some of our favorite French-inspired design and décor ideas to inspire the inner Francophile in all of us!

A rustic French cottage with neutral color scheme via Paint + Pattern

The understated neutral color scheme truly lets the French décor elements stand out in this rustic cottage. Lovely! Image via Cornerstone Home Interiors.

French Toile-de-Jouy via Paint + Pattern

It’s a Toile World! Toile de Jouy are patterned fabrics named after their town of origin: Jouy-en-Josas, France. Usually depicting figural and pastoral scenes, the textiles traditionally have a two-color scheme of a bright or neutral color over a background of white – and isn’t Toile seemingly always on trend? Beauty endures! Image via Walls by Florence de Dampierre.

Provençal flair by Erin Martin via Paint + Pattern

The French Country style is inspired by the homes of Provence. This kitchen was designed with a Provençal flair by Erin Martin and featured in House Beautiful. The gorgeous artistry is by decorative artist Michael Duté.

French scenic wallpapers by Zuber via Paint + Pattern

French scenic wallpapers changed history – never before had realistic scenic landscapes been attempted in such a large scale as to cover entire walls and large spaces. One of the most iconic firms is Zuber and this is their Décor Chinois (no longer in production). Image via Walls by Florence de Dampierre.

Classic French Exterior via Paint + Pattern

Exteriors can also showcase a classic French look. Here, a water fountain sits tranquilly at the home’s entrance. The exterior walls are glazed with an aged burnt sienna, flanked by quietly colorful tiles and décor elements. If you’re interested in learning more about faux color glazes, be sure to see our Faux Glazing Basics. Image via The French Touch.

An Aclove via the French Touch | Paint + Pattern

An alcove provides a measure of protection and warmth. The style, color and patterns of this beauty are Louis XVI. To create this look on wood, a wash with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and Classic Motif Stencils would be a great place to start. Image via The French Touch.

French Treillage by Alan Carroll via Paint + Pattern

Treillage is the French word for ‘latticework’ and is a term often used in decorative painting for painted lattices and trellises.  This particular one was painted by the sublime Alan Carroll. He wrote an informative blog post on the treillage art discipline as well.

18th Century Gilt and Painted Door Panel as Headboard via Paint + Pattern

Sometimes all it takes is one piece! An 18th century gilt and painted door panel serves as an impressive headboard for a home in New Orleans, the most French of all American cities. This lovely space was featured in Big, Easy Style.

Boiserie by French artist Paulin Paris via Paint + Pattern

French artist Paulin Paris pays a whimsical homage to boiserie by the painted wood paneling in a vibrant color scheme for Hollyhock, the shop of design icon Suzanne Rheinstein.

Damask Pattern by Thibaut via Paint + Pattern

Damask is a pattern invented by weavers in the city of Damascus. French nobility used these elegant patterns to adorn the walls and furnishings of their residences. The image features a beautiful pattern by Thibaut on both the walls and fabric. It’s easy to do this in your own home, though! Royal Design Studio has an incredible array of Allover Damask Stencils to create the same modern and dramatic allover wallpaper and fabric look in your favorite colors.

With a mix of comfort and sophistication, the French seem to live with Style as a point of view. We’d actually love to hear yours, s’il vous plaît – what are your favorite French-inspired design ideas? If you would like to browse through some more of ours, be sure to take a look out our Inspired by France Pinterest board.


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