By Jane Chertoff | Feb 12, 2019
From those silky Hermès scarves to Chanel No. 5 to the iconic black-and-white-striped tee, French style is always, well, in style. So it should come as no surprise that the French approach to home decor should be something to aspire toward as well.
One reason their homes look so fantastique is that the French don’t do cookie-cutter, explains Siham Mozouz, a French blogger, photographer, and author of "French By Design."
“The French have a particular affection for old and for antiques, and they despise total looks,” she says, referring to the matching sets so commonly seen in U.S. big-box stores.
Most importantly, the French take time to imbue their spaces with items that are distinctively them, Mozouz stresses.
“The French approach to decor is very intuitive and personal ... just like you would pick your favorite outfit in a clothing store,” she says. “It’s not about creating a perfect space to impress your guests; it’s about setting up the ideal refuge and nest for you and your loved ones.”
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Make the most of a midcentury modern touch
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Don't fix it if it ain't broken, right? French style has spent centuries at the forefront of fashion and culture, so there’s no reason to veer far from this aesthetic, explains Lauren Lozano Ziol, a Chicago-based interior designer and former Parisian who often works with clients in France.
“French people stay rooted in their classic sensibility,” she says. “The grandness of their heritage is important, so they like French antiques and fabric."
But you don't have to be 100% old-world to get the authentic French feel.
"The modern generation also loves contemporary, midcentury design and clean lines to incorporate into their classic and ornate architecture," Ziol says. "It always adds for a fun mix to see midcentury pieces paired with Louis-classic furniture, toning down the seriousness of a traditional and classic French home.”