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French Interior Design, Room by Room – the Eclectic Lounge

French style, with a Modern Twist.  Todays post is the last one about lounge styles and this one is a modern/contemporary take on French style.

It retains all the beauty and charm of delicately shaped, carved pieces, but the finish is not as traditional as what we’d expect.

Rather than natural rustic tones, or opulent golds, the main colours for the furniture in this room, are white and silver, with a splash of bold colour – elegantly stylish, yet fun and modern. It can be difficult when you may love a style of furniture, yet that style just isn’t right for your home, with these pieces, they still encompass the beauty of ‘French Style’, but could suit more favorably a more modern home. The pieces below are not overly bulky or ornate, but still boast curvaceous frames and subtle detailing that would still hold a strong visual presence, without overfilling the space they are intended for.

Whilst white and silver is a stunning look, it can feel a little cold, so a pop of colour is essential to lift the scheme.

Adding colour in a subtle way with a dual tone unit like the bookshelf below, ensures the scheme retains the sharp, crisp, stylish feel without becoming a mis-match of colours or a confusion of style. You can then add softer tones by way of fabrics – cushions, curtains, a large floor rug. The velvet love seat adds texture as well as colour and blends with the scheme. Finally, the silver additions frame the room beautifully, tying the whole look together perfectly.

White BookcaseConsole Table Silver Mirror Lamp Love Seat Throne Chair Silver Sideboard

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French Interior Design, Room by Room – the Rustic Lounge!

Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone – what a wet rainy day it is here!

So, the ideal day to post about a Rustic French Lounge. Picture those dry, sunny days, not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze and gardens full of flowers and a home full of charm and character.

Personally I love the rustic, farmhouse style. Its welcoming and  homely, giving off a relaxed feel.

Picture the below pieces from Chichi in a beautiful beamed room, with neutral walls and either a solid wood or large stone floor, accentuated by a few elaborate pieces, such as a chunky gold leaf mirror to lift the dark wood furniture and add dimension to the space, a crystal chandelier to add some shimmering light and delicate voile curtains framing the room and adding texture by large French doors opening onto a stunning garden.

C’est parfait non?

French Loveseat French ChairFrench Rustic Sideboard French Rustic Console Table Black Bookcase Rustic TV CabinetElaborate Gold Mirror

 

 

French Interior Design, Room by Room – the Glamorous Lounge!

Happy Monday Everyone and what a glorious one it is, seems a shame to be working really – sunshine and Pimms is far more appealing :O)

But, back to the task at hand and today we are still talking Lounges, but this week its a Lounge with a touch of glam.

Retaining all the French character and charm, but edged in gold or silver to just add that je ne sais quoi!

Few words are needed for this room, as its purely a visual feast for your eyes, so enjoy feasting on the below pictures to gain inspiration for your home interior;

Sofa Throne ChairGold Display Cabinet Gold Sideboard Gold Side Table Gold SideboardGold Mirror Gold MirrorChaise Longue Chair Silver Display Cabinet Silver Coffee Table Silver Sideboard Silver Side Table Silver Coffee Table Silver Coffee Table Chandelier Silver Mirror Silver Mirror

 

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;

Sideboard Black Chair French SofaOttoman Chandelier Lamp

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.

Display Cabinet BookcaseTiffany Lamp Tiffany Lamp

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

French Style Interior Design, Room by Room – the Shabby Chic Lounge

Well, its back to work today after a lovely bank holiday weekend. Problem is when you have a few days off, you get used to it!!!

Having finished Chichi’s A-Z of French Style, Shabby Chic Furniture, I introduce to you our new theme;

‘French Interior Design Room by Room’

Today I am going to start with the lounge and the Shabby Chic look – where furniture is often worn/distressed, achieving an aged/romantic look of soft opulence.

French Furniture can often be curvaceous and highly detailed, so be careful not to create a room that appears chaotic. A few choice pieces to define the space may be best. You want your eye to be drawn in and able to take in the scheme and not be darting around all over the place. Decide what is important and necessary in the room and what the focal point will be. For instance, If its the TV, why not rest the TV on a beautiful unit and hang a gorgeous French Mirror above it, this way when sitting down and facing the big black box, your attention is drawn to the stunning unit and mirror sandwiching the boring black screen and that area of the room manages to retain some style, rather than being purely functional. Consider the colour of mirror frame too, this could be a good way to introduce a new colour to the scheme – especially gold, as it contrasts yet compliments beautifully, breaking up any uniform colour blocks from larger items in the room, adding a hint of warmth and depth.

Coffee Table / Side Unit Ivory Mirror Gold Mirror

Maybe mismatch the seating a bit. A chaise or love seat could be fabulous as the main attraction, with 2 single chairs adding a bit more character without over doing it, this breaks up the continuity that matching sets can create. Using upholstered pieces in similar colours but different patterns or vice/versa can add a new dimension and texture too. You can then start to accessorize with curtains and cushions and begin to pull the look together.

Love Seat Love Seat

 

Think about whether or not you want a coffee table, you may decide to allow more space and just use side tables, why not an ottoman that can become a table/footstool and storage box.

Side Table Ottoman

I love walking into rooms that tell a story and where you can see the owners character so a gorgeous display unit could be just the thing. A great way to show off your treasures in a contained way.

Display Cabinet Display Cabinet

Finally, lighting. Don’t forget the vast expanse above your head. A beautiful chandelier will stylishly complete you room.

Chandelier

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