Parisiennes have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to effortless chic, be it their classically styled wardrobes stuffed with high-quality Breton striped tees, perfectly cut denim and obligatory Chanel pumps; to their renowned homes, the contents of which the rest of world swoon over. But it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes those Parisian apartments so desirous, so we've put compiled our top tips on styling your bedroom like a Parisienne.
Although they appear to be halls of space, Parisian apartments are notoriously dark, hence the residents keep their walls white - very occasionally adding an accent colour. Another trick the Parisians have adopted, to keep their interiors bright, is to add large scale mirrors to their walls to bounce as much natural light around the space as possible and creating an illusion of scale. Think of Versailles' Galerie Des Glaces!
The real key to pulling off a Parisienne styled bedroom is nonchalance. Scattered coffee table books, plump cushions thrown on your bed and a vase full of colourful flowers are all a great way to achieve that subtly embellished boho look.
Two absolute must-have accessories for any Parisienne styled home:
- A chandelier. It needn't be on a Versailles scale or cost the earth, but a chandelier is the best way to transport your interior to the 3rd arrondissement.
- A large rug. Whilst they look beautiful, the huge expanses of wooden flooring in Parisian abodes makes walking from room to room a noisy business - for this reason, large rugs are a feature of most rooms in the French capital.
Out with the New, in with the Old:
The French are incredibly lucky with their plethora of brocantes - treasure troves of antiques, curiosities and vintage finds that make our hearts skip a beat. It's no wonder then that their unique style can seem unachievable when some of their most coveted items are one-off gems discovered on a Parisian curbside. Panic not, with plenty of vintage shops popping up in our home towns, Ebay at our finger tips and car-boot season in full flow, there's no shortage of antique treasures waiting to be unearthed on home soil to give a rustic edge to your bedroom.
Mixing the old with the new, with a good dollop of boho chic is where the Parisians really show off their interior flare and is a style trick easily replicated. Buy one statement piece like a chair, table lamp or decorative item, then add accessories to soften your new find with feminine furnishings like ruched bedding, silk curtains or a soft rug.
Get Playful with Eclecticism
The Parisians are particularly blessed when it comes to original features in their beautiful Haussman buildings; with their toweringly high ceilings adorned with intricate moldings, endlessly tall windows dressed with original shutters, covetable parquet flooring and grand fireplaces. But having Seine-side real-estate isn't a necessity when styling your bedroom, it's all about balancing old, classic and modern pieces to create that distinctive Philippe Starck interior style.
Collaborating classics like a white painted French bed, shabby chic armoir or seductive chaise longue with more urban pieces like acrylic side tables and chairs, colourful rugs, unusual lighting, distressed wooden furniture or playful art prints are all an easy way to create an eclectic look.
Now come Sunday morning - ensure you throw the curtains open to let in that much needed light, quickly visit your local car boot sale, then head home and tuck into some croissants!