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Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics

We’ve made it, we have finally reached number ONE of Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics.

Although I have to admit it was hard putting them in order as they were all beautiful and very different.

So the winner is this beautiful French style bedroom, a striking black ornate Genevieve Bed that owns the room, an equally stunning Bordeau bedside table that is a bold feature to complement the bed, whilst the decor is delicate and neutral. The huge wall standing gold mirror adds detail, glamour and warmth, whilst softening the overall scheme and the chandelier pulls the ceiling into you eye line ensuring its not a cold empty space above such beautiful room setting.

A perfectly designed and well balanced room, each item standing out just enough without being overpowering  – would you agree?

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Stylish Black – Don’t be Afraid of the Dark!

Don’t fight the dark this winter, embrace all that is black.

Black furniture and decor can create a fabulously stylish, chic look, moody and atmospheric. Black doesn’t have to mean depressing and scary, it can mean cosy, think dark rooms and burning log fires, dark black skies alight with sparkling stars.

Below is a medley of stylish black furniture from Chichi Furniture to create that chic look in your home.

Chichi Furniture’s Friday Favourites

Welcome to Friday, another week successfully done and today Chichi Furniture is embracing the dark. Sometimes when the weather turns and the winter is on the way, we quickly get the paint out, turn on lights and try to lighten and brighten our homes to hang onto the summer as long as we can. Well, it can be tiring fighting against the inevitable, so today we are taking a different slant and embracing the dark and all that is storm clouds and winter. One of the charms of the winter is actually cosying up, lighting fires and candles and shutting curtains. Choosing black furniture not only looks stylish and chic, but can create a very intimate and atmospheric ambience. Take a look at the below fabulous pieces from Chichi Furniture to create a similar vibe in your home.

French Interior Design, Room by Room – Dark Dining!

As we near the end of another week, we reach the second Chichi Furniture post on dining.

Today its all about the ‘dark side’. No light and bright today, its all about creating an intimate snug environment. You wouldn’t necessarily consider black as ‘warm’, but a room painted in dark inky colours, with dark furniture and lit with candles and a sparkling chandelier, can be very cosy and atmospheric.

It doesn’t have to be completely without light though, black is a strong visual colour and perfect for creating that stand out feature. You could decide to have light decor with the striking contrast of black dining set, you don’t want it to look awkward though, so ensure there are other black features in the room to pull the look together, a sideboard, mirror for example.

Introduce a colour, maybe have a two toned unit (like the black and green display cabinet below) – you could then add a matching table runner, or a stunning vase full of greenery. Adding layers to the room to blend the design together is so important to create a balanced, cohesive look.

Finally you could decide to turn to the dark side in a gradual way by adding just a ‘touch of black’ and choosing a black framed dining set that has matching upholstered chairs in a paler colour to soften the look. 

Whichever you choose, black is a stylish, chic colour, so have fun creating that dark ambient space. 

French Interior Design, Room by Room – The Stylish Black Entrance

Another Monday, another week, it comes round so quick!

Today our final hallway inspiration is stylish black. Make an impact with your entrance.

Black can be sleek, elegant and bold. You can create a crisp clean lined look, or a softer look by adding a few lighter tones or a highlight colour like silver or gold – add a few cushions on the sofa, a rug on the floor, a few choice ornaments on the console.

Adding a mirror will ensure there is plenty of light in the space, as although the furniture is black, you don’t want the space to feel closed in and ‘heavy’.

Below are a few stylish black pieces from Chichi, ideal for a hallway. Both consoles have an elegant curved shape instantly adding character and one has delicate vine leaf detail which breaks up the solid block of black if you want a more toned down look. The stunning seat is upholstered in velvet which adds texture and depth and offers that luxurious finish, the silver detail makes it less intrusive, as also seen with the single chair edged in silver.

If you have space, adding a bookshelf to an entranceway can be a great way to fill what can be difficult and sometimes wasted space. It can add interest and character too and again the collection of books itself can tone down the solid black.

 

French Interior Design, Room by Room – the Stylish Black Bedroom

When it comes to our bedrooms, we often think/need them to be tranquil havens, somewhere we can go to relax and wind down from the day. But, we still want them to be stylish and inviting. Its hard to actually feel restful in a lackluster, disorganized space.

Today’s bedroom theme is ‘black’, which people don’t necessarily think of when it comes to relaxing. Often when it comes to bedrooms we choose light, bright colours to make the rooms feel bigger and calming. But actually black can create a striking bold space. Get it right and its super stylish and chic. You can go all out black for that darker/cosy end result, or contrast black furniture with lighter walls, or add some golds/silvers or pops of bright colour to create a stunning feature room.

Playing around with texture and furniture style can also dramatically affect the rooms final look. Below I have shown 3 different examples of ‘black’ bedroom furniture from Chichi. The first being very strong, heavily carved, gothic style, ideal for creating that cosy space – add some mood lighting and the room will simply beckon you in. The second is a much more understated chic look with straighter edged more contemporary French style pieces, a great set to have against lighter walls for that striking contrast. The third is something in between, it boasts some carved detailing and elegant shape highlighted by gorgeous gold leaf to ensure the furniture is the talking point of the room. A striking visual without looking too heavy.

Which do you prefer?

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French Style Interior Design, Room by Room – the Stylish Black Lounge

Happy Wednesday everyone :O)

Today Chichi Furniture is back with black and ideas on how to create that stylish lounge with a colour that some people shy away from!

The lounge is an important room in any home, be it the social hub, or the room you relax in at the end of day.

It’s not a room that necessarily binds itself naturally to black! But, black can be stylish and elegant and a fabulous colour to vividly contrast against.

Lets start with a sharp, crisp look, black and silver – elegant and chic, creating a room that makes you feel ever so slightly regal and will certainly wow guests;

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If you find this a little too cold, add a hint of gold – equally as stylish, but the gold tones soften the look and add a touch of warmth.

Black Love SeatThrone ChairGold Mirror Gold Side Table

Finally, you may love the sophistication of black, but need a touch of colour. This is where strong pops of colour can work brilliantly on the black backdrop – add a few brightly coloured tiffany lamps and units with brightly coloured interiors to add a controlled splash of vibrancy.

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Would you ever have a black lounge, or is white and bright more your scene?

A-Z French Style, Shabby Chic Furniture from Chichi

Hooray we have reached ‘Z’ and its friday, which is apt really as ‘Z’ is for zzzZZZ and all things bed!!

Sleeping is something I would definitely like to do more of! Not only is sleeping a vital part of life, but the bed is a vital part of a bedroom too!! Its possibly one of the largest items of furniture we buy, so we want it to be perfect. Choose a bed that will be an amazing focal point of your room. Consider colour and style carefully, whether you go for bold black statement,

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Gold glamour,

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or a touch of Ivory envy,

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maybe combine two – an exquisite ivory bed, edged in gold – stunning.

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Decide whether you want an upholstered headboard or solid wood,

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– why not push the boat out and go for a four poster!!

Four Poster Bed

Bear in mind other furniture you will need/like in your room too as you want it to feel right. Bedrooms are places to dream and relax, not feel busy and cluttered.

Happy Sleeping this weekend from Chichi Furniture :O)

 

A-Z French Style, Shabby Chic Furniture from Chichi

Well here we go – letter ‘Y’ and equally as tricky as ‘X’, so i’m going to be inventive and say, ‘Y’ is for ‘Yin and Yang’ – as a contrast of two colours to create a dramatic visual affect in a room.

Blending and matching colours in a room creates a ‘safe’ comfortable space, but sometimes its fun to jazz it up a bit and create a design statement. Choosing two vivid contrasting colours in a scheme can change the dynamic and dimension of a space – almost creating an illusion. Two ways of doing this is either to paint the room one colour and furnish in another – e.g a vast white room with bold black furniture can look so stylish. Or, be more subtle and introduce contrasting colours by way of two toned furniture (as per below examples), so the room doesn’t necessarily have to be as dramatic when you first walk in, but there are a few choice pieces of furniture that really stand out.

In the same way choosing to have gorgeous chic bed against an unfinished brick wall can look striking, especially if finished with a large sparkling chandelier hanging from a concrete ceiling, it adds dimension and intrigue. Mixing up pattern/texture and colour can be fun and have great results :O)

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A-Z French Style, Shabby Chic Furniture from Chichi

Can’t believe its Friday again and I can’t believe we’ve nearly reached the end of our A-Z, in fact I’m in a predicament because i’ve been dreading reaching X, so I think this weekend I will have to give serious thought to that one as its next in line!!

Luckily today is ‘W’ and ‘W’ is for Wardrobes. Wardrobes are vital, not only to help with the obvious storing of our clothes, but also they are big units that can really complete a bedroom design or ruin it if you get it wrong. They are bold features so you want them to complete a scheme and not look out of place. Think about whether or not you want your furniture to blend into a scheme or contrast and stand out against it. Look at the colours you’ve chosen and accessorize throughout to continue the colour through the room so everything flows. Decide whether you want one main feature or a group of items working together. For instance, if you have a large black bed, you may choose a large black wardrobe with gold trim, then you can add other gold items throughout the room such as cushions on bed or a stunning gold framed chair in the corner, this will then tie all the pieces together. Think about texture too, a black bed with rattan headboard will appear softer than solid wood. A wardrobe with mirrored doors will be less imposing than solid wood.

Our wardrobes below are beautifully crafted, with ornate carved detailing, versatile storage and stylishly finished in either exquisite silver and gold, striking moulin noir black or timeless country style ivory. These pieces won’t be missed, they will create such a focal point in your room. They come with various storage options so if you have little space for other items of furniture choose one of our pieces with drawers and shelves to satisfy all your storage needs :O)

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