06 Oct Fabulously French
It doesn’t matter whether you have been wine tasting in the French countryside or enjoyed a Café au Lait in a Parisian cafe.
You don’t need to have travelled to France to be able to create a French vintage design style in your home. Watch some french movies, surf the internet and read some French magazines for sources of inspiration.
Creating French vintage interiors
The French vintage design style is sophisticated, elegant and whimsical design style. It is all about creating a space that evokes the essence of the rolling hillsides of France with subtly integrating the Parisian charm.
Beware of over decorating
However, it is important to not ‘over-theme’ the space. Instead, with a discerning eye select specific pieces that are interesting and tasteful (ie. not everything has to be overstated and ‘French’!).
Do not be afraid to experiment and mix and match vintage French accents with your existing pieces. Vintage antique chairs with accent cushions can be used as strong point of visual interested within the space but also creates a sense of relaxed luxury.
For some inspiration, click here to see our own unique and elegant collection of French Provincial cushions from the NSI House of Design.
The French Provincial colour palette
A colour palette which aligns nicely with the design style is various shades of white, shift pinks and greys. A neutral canvased combined with rustic wooden floors, light and supple fabrics complements this. Whilst the vintage French style embodies a defined sense of elegance, it also emphasises warmth and comfort.
Furniture can be painted pieces that feel a little distressed as if they have been pre-loved and have withstood years of wear and tear. Avoid shiny menials or harsh geometric lines, instead choose pieces with a few dings and a little rust.
Accessories to match your French styled interior
Accessories are a great way to add a little french flavour, for example; textured cushions (see the NSI House of Design’s La Poste collection here), oval shaped mirrors, vintage french posters and even decorative clocks.
Even rusty olive buckets or antique wooden crates can be create subtle additions that can add to that rustic-chic farmhouse look.
All of these items can be sourced form online stores such as Etsy or even go to the local markets or treasure-hunting in some antique stores!
Ultimately, vintage French style it is a timeless design style that exudes taste and allows you to feel like you are on a permanent vacation!
About Linda Delaney and North Shore Interiors
Linda Delaney is the owner and manager of North Shore Interiors, a company that provides interior design, decorating, styling and project management services to Sydney’s lower north shore and greater Sydney metropolitan area.
Linda has been seen in Habitus, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and Money magazines. She is also a regular contributor for leading Australian interior design publications, Home Design and the annual Design & Decoration. Watch out for more of Linda’s work featured in the media.
Contact Linda at Linda@nsinteriors.com.au or on 0432 716 558.