Flamboyant and sophisticated are two words that can best describe the bold, chic style that can be found with a French styled interior. Sensuous curves, royal patterns and lots of blended colours have carried through the centuries, picking up a little more along the way. Everything is game for decorating, even the ceiling and bookcases!
White or golden walls set the pace for creating a presence of royalty that can be outfitted with glamour. Greys, greens, blues or even rose can be substituted as long as toned way down. Sculpted mirrors and linen covered period furnishings are perfect for adding a modern day chic, up-scale touch to an old country décor. Wide stripes and satin can be used to accent the space in pillows, settees and pencil pleat curtains that line entryways or even corners.
Lush light coloured wall-to-wall carpeting with large designer hand woven area rugs makes an impressive statement to a lavish room. Wrought iron, together with glass and crystal define a living room quite nicely. This is the place where you can show off favourite art pieces of French painters or views of prestigious buildings of France, the canals or other scenic reminders of the country. Frames can be wooden, brass, chrome or wrought iron, depending on how well they blend in with the other features. Everything should appear as if it has just been polished.
Look for armoires (wardrobes), chests of drawers or old drawing desks and have them refinished and restored to a brilliant shine or paint them to match your décor in subtle colours of greens and blues. White is always accepted in a French décor but rounding out with colourful textiles and beautiful bedding sets brings more value and texture. Collect crystal pieces, pewter and shiny ceramic pieces to use for fresh flowers that add fragrance to an already beautiful room.
The feel will be warm and rich for any room in your home. Line hallways and kitchens with a brilliant marble or other stone and bring colour to small open windows with coloured glass inserts and kitchen blinds. A French styled interior is not as heavy and elaborate as the Victorian or Edwardian eras but able to be chic and elegant in its own right. The brightness along with detail and radiant colours will make you feel as if you are residing in a castle and gorgeous enough to quality as one.