While we have phenomenal design talent right here in Australia, it’s always nice to take in a little inspiration from homes overseas, don’t you think?
In today’s post I’m taking you inside a French apartment that’s packed with Parisian design ideas that you can steal for your own abode. Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.
Parisian Design shines in this French Apartment
The gorgeous L’Appartment at Rue Bonapart you see here is the work of Gerard Faivre. He’s a concept creator with a penchant for the French revolution, and every residential property project he takes on becomes its very own work of art once transformed.
For this project, Gerard called on the use of bold colours; gorgeous teal tones contrasting against bright oranges to create a space that feels visually dynamic. Using materials like velvet, wood and marble, he has created a look that’s very reminiscent of the interiors you’d see around the time of the Second Empire.
What makes this apartment so stellar is that there are statement pieces used sparingly. It’s the key to creating a space that feels sophisticated and high end.
Moving away from over-cluttering each zone, key items like the Ike Suspension Lamp (hanging over the dining table), the mirror in the living room and the gorgeous door in the dining space, all create a less-is-more design approach that allows to eye to consume the grandeur slowly, instead of being overwhelmed.
This is Parisian design at its best and I am beyond infatuated with it! Now, onto your own home…
5 Parisian Design Ideas for your Own Home
Round Rugs work wonderfully in this open-plan space. It’s a great idea in a room where there are already a lot of hard, straight lines. It also allows a room to feel a little more relaxed and less structured. And if you’re in a smaller space or a room with a lot of doors coming into it, then a round rug will prevent hard corners sticking out into doorways. If you are finding the corners of your rugs rolling up on you, this post has a solution for you.
Be bold with your colour choices in living areas. If you want a calm bedroom, that’s more than understandable. But in high-traffic zones of spaces where people are coming and going a far bit (like a second family area you entertain in), consider bright tones that give a lot of visual interest. This post will show you how to work with loads of colour without it looking juvenile.
Use mirror in large scale. I know you’ve probably been told a million times (or have read it) that mirrors are great in small spaces because they bounce and reflect light, but that doesn’t mean they’re reserved strictly for tight spots. In fact, a mirror that takes up an entire wall is amazing in a large room like the one in this post. It adds grandeur to a room, so if you want to bring in some formality, give it a go.
Try wallpapering one zone or pocket of your home. It could be a strip of wall in one corner by a reading chair or a section of your hallway. But wherever you do it, go for something interesting and textural. In this apartment, it’s been used to above a bench seat at has become like a large work of art in the space. Wallpaper adds such depth to a room and can make a large zone feel cosier, so definitely consider it.
Think outside the box when it comes to lighting. In Australia, we are so fond of a downlight that to suggest anything else can often seem preposterous. But you’ll notice in this apartment, there are a variety of lights; a statement pendant above the dining table, gorgeous feature lights on the wall and other pendants elsewhere. Each piece of lighting grounds and area and helps to set mood, so start exploring options that feel a little more interesting. If you need some inspiration regarding lighting trends, this will help.
For more inspiration on all things French design, click here.
What do you make of the Parisian design in this apartment? I’d love to know your fave moment in the space! Drop a comment below and let me know.