Today’s blog is dedicated to the most sacred space in each home – the bedroom. Our bedrooms articulate a sense of harmony in their suitability for sleep and those slow, quiet hours at night and the morning. So, what better way to decorate this space than with soft and calming Parisian decor.
The philosophy of Parisian decor is mixing the old with the new and the refined with the rough. It’s blended, eclectic, unexpected, and full of bold statements. So how do the French manage to put together interiors that exude elegance and flair?
Parisiennes have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to effortless chic. Their style is a more minimalist and modern approach to french-country or french decor: Polished-sleek furniture, muted colours, simplified styling, and less fussy accessories characterise this style.
Here at Lilla Rugs, we’re all about adding subtle Parisian touches to our homes any way we can. If you’re looking to make your sleep space into a chic oasis, you’ll want to take a look at our four top tips for bringing the Parisian feel to your own home. From mid-century modern furniture to linen sheets, there are lots of things you can learn from Parisians about decorating a bedroom.
DECORATE WITH SUBDUED COLOURS
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Part of the simplicity of French-style interiors comes from the colour palette. Crisp white walls and neutral furnishings typically dominate, with hints of colour mixed in for interest.
Look to muted colours with grey undertones, such as sage green, steely blue, or dusty rose, to add depth to a neutral palette while maintaining a sophisticated subdued effect. And to ground the look, layer in small doses of black through hardware or light fixtures.
CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS
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The French have a knack for decorating, it's true, but they do have a bit of a head start. While most of us begin with literal white boxes, empty Parisian apartments already have some serious flair.
Parisian style starts with the bones: Herringbone floors, ornate moulding, window casings, elaborate fireplaces - with a beautiful canvas, it’s no wonder Parisian spaces feel so nonchalantly refined.
If your bedroom lacks these architectural trimmings, you could always add them into the space to dramatically transform your room. Otherwise, learn how to use what is already there to your advantage.
BRING IN STATEMENT MAKING ACCESSORIES
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Every French-style bedroom needs an element of glamour. Parisian rooms have similar details from home to home; each one is uniquely personal to its occupants and filled with individual pieces.
Rather than buying what everyone else has, invest in items you love with a certain vibe, and your home will be a bit more Parisian. You can instantly elevate a space with humble bones by hanging a delicate crystal chandelier, mounting a gilded antique mirror, or placing a statement centre-piece rug as the focal point in your room.
EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF AGEING
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In parisian-style interiors, beautiful doesn't mean perfect. Mixing the old with the new, with a good dollop of boho chic is where the Parisians really show off their interior flare and is a style trick easily replicated.
The French welcome the character of aged wood, chipped paint, and burnished metal. Give your home a sense of history with items that gracefully show their age, such as a mirror that's scuffed and speckled with age spots or an antique painted table with a peeling finish.
Buy one statement piece like a chair, table lamp or decorative item, then add accessories to soften your new find with feminine furnishings like ruched bedding, silk curtains or a vintage Persian or Oriental rug. Here we have selected three of our favourite Vintage & Antique rugs: