French Home Decor Ideas

When you think of French home decor, what is the first thing that comes to mind? You might think of the classic, elegant “excess” of 18th century France, or the many artistic inspirations that came from Paris. France has close historical ties with Philly.

When you think of French home decor, what is the first thing that comes to mind? You might think of the classic, elegant “excess” of 18th century France, or the many artistic inspirations that came from Paris. You might even think of the ultra-relaxed and bright-colored style that is characteristic of the French countryside. France has close historical ties with the city of Philadelphia — in fact, the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has Parisian influences. Keep all of these ideas in mind when decorating your Philly home in a French style.

It’s Okay to Be a Bit “Excessive”

The first thing to keep in mind if you’re planning to design your Philly home with French decor is that it’s perfectly fine to be a bit “over the top” with your decorations. This is not the time to be a minimalist. Excess is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to French home decor — it was actually the norm in many well-appointed 18th century French homes, so take risks. For example, don’t be afraid to buy two items you like instead of one, or to buy accouterments that some might consider over the top. You might even want to put an extra chair in the room that no one ever sits on, just for decoration.

Luxe Accents

Luxe accents (expensive and high quality, at least in appearance) are an important part of French decor. Even if you can’t fill each of the rooms in your home with expensive-looking items, you can add a French flair with a few key items. For instance, a French chaise is a beautiful addition to the master bedroom or living room. A golden ornamental chandelier in the dining room instantly adds a look of “majesty” to the room. A dramatic set of heavy, decorative curtains in your bedroom is also a great choice.

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Image Source: Flickr/daryl_mitchell

Artistic Influences

One of the easiest ways to introduce French decor into your home is to shop for art. Art has been a major part of French and European culture since medieval times. Luckily, Philadelphia is one American city that has a wealth of artists, plenty of art shows, and countless fairs that are held throughout the region. It won’t be much of a challenge to find beautiful European art or art that has French influences in the area. Make sure that the art is properly framed — preferably in a well-appointed antique frame with ornate accents.

French Country Cottage Furniture

The furniture you use for your home is also important when it comes to French decor. Decorate with chairs and sofas that have brightly colored patterned upholstery. Checkered, flowered, and patchwork patterns are preferred. One great thing about French country cottage style is that you really don’t have to stick to any predefined rules — you can mix and match patterns, fabrics, and textures to create a very unique look that’s all your own.

Why not bring the beauty and elegance of France to your East Coast home? Use these French home decor ideas as a starting place for creating the beautiful, inspired Philly home you’ve always imagined.

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