When it comes to style, the French just have “it” don’t they? It being the allusive je ne sais quoi, from their wardrobes to their homes. There’s always an air of understated elegance, effortlessly thrown together, whether that be their living space or a classic jean and blazer combo.
Today I’m partnering with French homeware label, Yves Delorme, to share five ways you can decorate like the French do within your own home. Starting with becoming a lil’ anti-trend.
The French are renowned for being leaders as opposed to followers when it comes to setting trends. They steer away from popular interior design movements, rather following their own personal rules. If you truly love a piece of furniture or homeware, then don’t delay in buying it. The French have an innate way of blending vintage and new, with no defined style, and it still looks fantastic. You can do just the same, creating a home you truly enjoy being in, with pieces you truly love.
Although the French never seem overly precious when it comes to interior design, one thing that runs throughout is an undercurrent of quality. High quality at that. Take the Pavot bed linen from Yves Delorme, styled in my bedroom here. In a 200 thread count Egyptian cotton, this delicately printed duvet and pillowcase is incredibly soft. I’ve spoken before about my love for high quality bedding and what a difference it can make to your sleep, and this is one of the softest sets I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. How stunning is this French blue and white Ramage ben linen set too?
Subtle Use of Colour
There’s never anything outlandish or garish when it comes to the French’s use of colour within interiors. Yes, modern design welcomes the use of deep, rich tones, but traditional French decor really does embrace a more neutral colour palette. Sticking to this rule, I teamed a mix of sea blue, amethyst and moss green to complement the white illustrated poppy design of the Pavot bedding.
From a vintage sideboard topped with a modern Jonathan Adler sculpture, to prints wrapped in antique gilt frames, there’s something incredibly Parisian about unexpected mixes. An eclectic combination of styles, contradicting each other almost, will give your home a much more lived-in feel to it – especially if it’s filled with treasures passed down through your family, blended against modern design décor you’ve fallen in love with more recently.
Embracing the Imperfections
The key to success when it comes to a French home’s laid-back aesthetics is embracing its imperfections. From the quirky character of the building to the “flaws” in the vintage furniture filling each room, nothing is over-styled or perfectly polished.
Are you a fan of French style? It’s hard not to be when brands such as Yves Delorme create such beautiful designs. You can view the full collection right here and don’t forget to leave me a comment below with your favourite style of design – Parisian, Scandi, Californian?
*Post in partnership with Yves Delorme who kindly gifted me a double Pavot bed linen set. Love of French style all my own.