Stripped walls revealing bare plaster and remnants of paint shades from decorating jaunts gone by create the perfect environment for a sense of faded French chic. Add instant old-world glamour with an elegant Louis XVI chair and gilt stand.
Swap traditional pictures for large-scale verdure tapestries for an eye-catching display and clear focal point in your room. The gently curved commode topped with an ormolu clock ensures the look is refined.
The French look works best when it is undiluted by other pieces. Arrange your favourite ceramics by theme and colour on a dresser or open shelves to show them off to their best advantage.
Create an elegant reading corner by a window – all that’s required is an upholstered chair with delicate detailing, bolstered by a cushion, and a low table for balancing your book and restorative cup of tea.
The kitchen is the heart of any home and, happily, French antiques transfer beautifully into a 21st-century cuisine. Confit pots in bright green or yellow glazes, linen tablecloths, plenty of rustic wooden boards and, of course, strings of garlic, recreate the country look with aplomb.
If the room allows it, a beautiful carved serving table gives your dining table breathing space. Add decorative elements with a scrolling urn filled with seasonal produce or flowers, and heavy glassware that’s a joy to use and behold.
Somewhere refined to sit and brush your hair or apply make-up is an everyday luxury. Fit a small and daintily carved table snugly into an empty corner for a practical as well as an attractive addition to your bedroom.
To ensure the bedroom isn’t too overtly feminine, keep the furniture bold and sturdy. Layering the bed with quilts will guarantee a good night’s sleep, while also being an easy way to keep the room looking tidy during the day.
From coffee and croissants, to a pre-supper drink, a simple bistro table and chairs positioned to catch the sunlight at the crucial times of day is key to capturing the French vibe at home. Fill borders or pots with lavender to guarantee a fragrant aroma that transports you to Provence every day.