Parisians are known for their good taste and style, and their elegant interiors reflect their savoir faire. Fortunately, by following a few simple guidelines, everyone can add a little Parisian chic to their homes.
The city of Paris was founded over two thousand years ago, and its residents are comfortable living among old things. Even modern interiors frequently feature a few well-chosen antique or vintage furnishings. Antique shops, antique malls, auctions, estate sales, garage sales, secondhand shops and your aunt's basement are all potential sources of antique and vintage chairs, side tables, mirrors and more.
Parisians with interesting architectural elements in their homes make certain to draw attention to them, and you can do the same. Do you have a window seat? Use colorful curtains to accentuate it. Hang a painting in a cozy alcove with a picture light or track lightsto illuminate it. Draw attention to your high ceilings with a fabulous French Country chandelier or crystal chandelier. If you feel there's nothing that stands out, consider installing a crown molding or a medallion to hang a pendant light fixture.
The French know that a bouquet of flowers in a pretty vase can be the perfect finishing touch for a table or countertop. It doesn't need to be an elaborate, costly bouquet. A bunch of colorful wildflowers or branches cut from flowering trees can be charming.
Parisians use fabrics to help achieve their signature look, and the use of sumptuous textiles is a hallmark of Parisian style. For a dramatic, luxurious interior fabrics like velvet and brocade are used liberally in furniture upholstery and drapes, and for a less formal look perhaps a single chair or ottoman.
Another element of Parisian decorating is the use of gold accents. Don't go overboard, but if you like gold then sprinkle it throughout the home with details such as a gold-framed mirror or painting or a light fixture with gold accents.
At Urban Ambience we carry a wide selection of chandeliers, pendant fixtures, wall sconces and more. Please visit us to find the ideal lighting fixture for your Parisian interior.