Parisian chic is a unique and ephemeral thing that is very difficult to recreate: although very sophisticated, it is very effortless. Parisian homes tend to be eclectic and casual, but always with a sophisticated feel. Such spaces never go out of style and are totally loved. How can you recreate that unique taste at home? There are some elements that are characteristic of Parisian chic and by including them you get such a space.
If you want to create a truly Parisian space, white walls are a crucial element. The combination of high ceilings – if you have them – and pure white walls makes the space look light, airy and classy no matter what else is in the room. Such a combination sets the right tone in the room.
hardwood parquet floor
Hardwood flooring is decidedly Parisian. Wood goes well with all colors and types of decoration, while the parquet design gives the floor a somewhat understated flair. If you choose a dark stain, you get a chic contrast to white walls.
A classic element for a Parisian living room are large and small moldings. These can be placed anywhere: crowning the walls, over the baseboards, around the fireplace or on the ceiling. It’s about keeping the walls neutral to add character and not limit the decorating potential. Whether you use moldings in the ceiling or not, a ceiling medallion is the ideal accent to highlight another must-have on the list: a chandelier! The moldings you choose can be straight and streamlined or more ornate, whichever suits your personal style.
As mentioned above, a sophisticated chandelier is a must for a chic Parisian living room. It not only gives a sophisticated feel but also balances the space. When the furniture is modern and the room relies on other elements for an antique touch, a beautiful vintage-style chandelier can spice up the room in just the right way. When the living room is dominated by older furniture, a modern chandelier can make the space feel like the right French mix. If you’re hesitant, choose crystal you can’t go wrong with.
Make your fireplace stand out. A distinctive surround and stylish mantel take a simple fireplace to a new level. The large mirror – another common element in Parisian decor – completes the look. Moldings, decorations and raised trim add to the overall ambiance.