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5 French Styling Tips Every Home Needs

Last week, we wrote out five steps to the perfect Parisian home. But even with all of the right basics, the secret to the impeccable pied-à-terre is in the sophisticated French styling. Here’s a continuation of last week’s article with the subtle details you need to prove you were born to live in Paris.


 1. Choose Brocade or Velvet Upholstery

Texture, texture, texture. The French embrace the formal luxury of rich fabrics like velvet. Try it out on the living room sofa or chair, or opt for a blue velvet for an extra majestic feel. Don’t forget that we have a full custom upholstery shop so you can experiment with different fabrics on your favorite silhouettes. 


2. Mix Classic and Contemporary Pieces

A truly chic French interior effortlessly blends Old World elegance with contemporary design. Choose classical statement pieces, like a tufted sofa or an oversized antique mirror, and then pepper in a few modern details, like an acrylic base or a sleek, matte metallic finish.  


3. The Chaise is a Must

This rule is pretty self-explanatory, but for the French, the bed is a sanctuary reserved for sleeping. So do your reading, Netflix binge-watching, and late night internet surfing on a relaxing chaise lounge. It’s a refined addition to any living room or bedroom space.

4. Add Whimsical, Modern Art

While the French are known for their very traditional architecture and design style, they’re also famous for their exploratory (and sometimes risqué) taste in art. Be playful with your art choices, and choose abstract or pop art pieces as a whimsical contrast to the rest of the room.


5. Layer in Curiosities

The reason we obsess over French apartments is probably because of the rich, textured, layered looks they carry. We are strong advocates for curated, layered looks here at Kathy Kuo Home, so our final French styling tip is to work in unique curiosities to fill out your shelves, consoles, coffee tables, or other home vignettes.



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  • Alisha Ricki says:

    I enjoy your decor posts so much! Especially since I’m still working on making my new house a home =) Thank you for sharing!


  • Darina says:

    Love all the styles. Lovely post… love the light in the interiors and the floor! Tres tres Parisienne!

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Loving all of the whimsical modern art <3 🙂 So pretty! And yes, a chaise is definitely an essential! Thank you so much for sharing these great interior decorating tips!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Sabina says:

    Stunning interiors! I love the French inspired looks, it’s so elegant and chic! These images are great inspiration!

    Sabina | http://www.IveGotSunshine.com

  • Jenni says:

    Great ideas and inspo! 🙂

  • Mireia says:

    Everything looks amazing! Great tips!

    Mireia from TGL

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    French home style always have a french flare. And these homes pictured are no exception! Very beautiful home decor post! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Thuy says:

    Big fan of the mixing of contemporary and classic. Or something like rustic and contemporary. A like sleek but homey. Love the chaise. To me, the chaise is somewhere you could nap without falling into deep sleep. You could put it in your office!


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  • Vivian says:

    The chaise is a must!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Maggie Minor says:

    I love this blog post. Every piece of advice is something that makes me go “oh yeah.” I especially like the first one, use or refinish furniture using brocade or velvet. I think that how furniture feels is just as important as how it looks. Thanks for posting.

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