There are a few things that immediately come to mind when thinking about the typical Parisian apartment, but while some Parisians prefer extravagance (think lots of velvet and baroque-style furniture), others keep their homes quite minimal. In order to help you make your home feel more Parisienne we took a project from interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot as an example of the typical Paris apartment. Then, we selected some classic Parisian home elements from famous design furniture brands and mixed them together so that you know how you’ll get the look of traditional Paris homes. Take a look, see how to decorate like a Parisian would and get inspired.
There are a few home accents like King Louis-style furniture, chandeliers, long curtains, and gilded mirrors that Parisians include in every pied-à-terre. This selection has key elements that you can use to design a living room like the one Jean-Louis Deniot proposed in the image above.
For light fixtures, select wall sconces with black silk shades, crystal chandeliers, and fringed lampshades on table lamps. A gold foil lining on a white lampshade will help to reflect a romantic glow. Add your own beads, fringe, and cording to simple lampshades if you can’t find any already embellished. This table lamp from Brabbu is perfect example of what to use.
Furniture should be upholstered with beautiful fabrics and dressmaker details. Cushions of down provide the slightly rumpled look of comfort and elegance. This armchair from Brabbu will fit perfectly in the elegant and stylish rooms of Paris apartments.
Use large vintage mirrors to accessorize a Paris style room, like Lenox from Boca do Lobo. Contemporary, exquisite and unique, the Lenox mirror is the high end piece missing in any home of the french capital.
Usually Parisians are very proud of their chevron flooring and really like to show it. Hardwood flooring is stained dark and covered with beautiful carpets. They add a grounding pattern, color, and age. Macushi rug from Brabbu has delicate flower patterns and sand hues that will be perfect to decorate Parisian style home decor.
Wood furniture pieces of carved, dark tones or stains are often tinged with touches of gilt. Black and ivory paint, distressed and crackled, give wood pieces an aged look. There’s no such thing as matching furniture. Pieces should look as though they were found through a lifetime. The Empire center table from Boca do Lobo is built from mahogany wood, and features a polished brass surface. Its cracks are hand carved, and inserted with polished brass sheets, which are hand hammered for a unique and organic finish. Just what Parisian living rooms ask for.
To complete that natural, rough look, Sequoia center table from Brabbu will fit beautifully beside every sofa or armchair.
Paris apartment interiors appeal to our sense of glamour and European style. By using some of the elements here, you can bring the look to your own home.
Find more interior design ideas by exploring our Pinterest boards where you can find inspiration about the City of Light and also about Paris events, arts, and design.