France has always been one step ahead in style. From countless guides on “How to Become a Parisian” to vintage photos of Jane Birkin popping up on every social media site, it looks as if the entire world is suddenly a francophile.
However, if you aren’t looking to replace your wardrobe with Breton stripes and cut a fringe à la Françoise Hardy, maybe your home can do the talking for you. Here are some tips we can all use to add that je n’ais ce quoi to our house.
1. Look to French Country for Some Answers…
Sure, we all want a Parisian apartment with high ceilings and ornate molding, but unfortunately, those don’t come around too often. For more practical design inspiration, look to Provencal French Country. It is the perfect mix of rustic charm and elegance, that can bring warmth and some français personality to your home.
2. Mixing Old and New
It’s no secret that the French are great at vintage hunting. Incorporate some antiques into your home by heading down to your nearest flea market. Then, dress them up with some high-end pieces. You’ll have everyone begging to find out where you got your new furniture.
If you’re not in the mood to hunt for antiques, you can always fib it with a jaded wooden table or some gingham prints around the house. These pieces can add a sense of femininity which is exactly what you’re looking for in a French Country home.
3. Kitchens are Key
France is not only home to the capital of style, but also the capital of gastronomy. But before you find yourself whipping up souffles like Julia Child, you might want to fix up your kitchen a little. On the lookout for new pots and pans? Look no further, copper is THE color to emulate French country. Bonus tip: Don’t hide them in your pantry, show them off by hanging them up on the wall.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Despite their broody attitudes, the French love color, so don’t be afraid to incorporate some into your home. It may seem like a bold choice, but picking a color that makes you smile and painting a wall with it, isn’t a crime. Take a cue from Monet and his Giverny home, and adapt a fun color scheme into your home.