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A Touch of Gold – French Furniture with the ‘Wow’ Factor

Gold – that timeless opulent colour that can add glamour, warmth and style to your home.

These beautiful French style pieces from Chichi Furniture below, could blend into an already high end chic room, be striking feature pieces in a more neutral scheme, or a focal point to give lift to a more rustic earthy space.

But whatever scheme you want them for they all have one thing in common – they are exquisite – wouldn’t you agree?

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Sunny Days and a Laze on a Chaise!

The sun is shining, its hump day Wednesday and its the perfect day to drop everything, pour a cuppa, grab some chocolate egg and spend the afternoon relaxing on a stunning chaise longue.

Happy Days from Chichi

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Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics

We’ve made it, we have reached the top 5 of Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics.

In at number 5 and Spring Ready is a gorgeous ‘Parisian’ Chest of Drawers, adding that splash of colour and oodles of charm to this beautiful bedroom.

A stunning feature against an empty wall, the delicate curved shape and rustic wood top softens the overall look of the room, whilst remaining a stylish addition and brining out the colour in the cushion on the bed, pulling the scheme together.

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Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics

Hello there and welcome to number 9 of Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics.

Devine Nine is all about starting your day like a princess, sat at our gorgeous ‘Alice’ Silver Dressing Table.

In the picture below it’s as if the corner of this room was made specifically for this piece, the beautifully curved frame with hand carved detailing fills the space, but does not look over-imposing. Silver is an elegant, sophisticated colour, but is not heavy or over bearing, in this room it stands out as a real feature against the stylish dark carpet, blind and upholstered stool. The light coloured walls keep the space open and light, allowing the dressing table to take centre stage.

Perfection, wouldn’t you agree?

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Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics

Let the weekend begin!!

But before you do – take a look at number 11 on Chichi Furniture’s Top 20 Fabulous French Pics.

Need somewhere to hang you fabulous Christmas outfit? Then look no further. Our glamorous selection of wardrobes will certainly add a little sparkle to your room this Christmas.

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The Joy of French Style Furniture

The problem – you love French style furniture but feel that your home is not ideally suited to that style, or you don’t know how to incorporate it without it looking out of place;

The solutionChichi Furniture would like to show some ideas as to how you can include some French flair in your homes without changing the dynamic of your style.

The joy of French style is that it covers a multitude of possibilities, from ornate and flamboyant, to rustic and homely, subtle chic and stylish contemporary. You can add a feature French style piece in your room to give it that something special, or you could go all out and design the entire room in a matching suite;

Your bedroom may be large and airy and would support ornate, heavily carved pieces that will fill the room with such style, or your room may be smaller or already furnished but have that vacant corner that is crying out for a French style dressing table to add a touch of chic in a subtle way.

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How about you just simply add a dressing screen/room divide or an elaborate mirror to your space – an instant transformation without being too obvious!

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You may lean towards a more country farmhouse look, with rustic pieces adding warmth and texture, or you could go all out glamour with golds and silvers.

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If your decor is slightly more elaborate, how about having chic black pieces to hold a strong presence against a patterned wallpaper. Maybe your scheme is a pale pallette and just needs a pop of colour that can then be carried through the design with accessories! Adding pieces that are simplistic in style but delicately edged in gold can really add some understated glamour.

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Your lounge may be fully furnished but it doesn’t feel inviting and complete – you may find that adding a feature chair in a prime position upholstered in fabric that matches the curtains/cushions, will just bring the whole look together.

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Whatever the look and style of your home, have fun finding that perfect piece to bring a touch of French Chic to your home.

Light the Scene in Style

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What would a gorgeous home be without a little light!!

Lighting is so important, we often take pains to decorate a room and deliberate over colour, but when it comes to the all important finishing touches we don’t always run through the finishing line!

To complete a look, you need fabulous lighting, something that will finish your scheme in style and not just be a limp lamp shade hanging on the ceiling. Bring your ceiling ‘into’ your room, make a style statement and shower your new decor under dazzling light.

Chichi Chandeliers are a fabulous addition to any room. An instant ‘wow’ factor in an entrance hall, a romantic feature in a dining room – (ensure the pendant hangs centrally over your table to make it feel a part of the design and not an awkward addition) or perfect for just adding some glamour to your lounge or bedroom.

A crystal chandelier knows no bounds – it will comfortably take its place in various designs – a dark seductive room will look so stylish under a canopy of crystal, highlighted against a black wall. Create a dazzling contrast with a chandelier softening a more rustic scene against a natural brick wall, softening the harsher tones, or equally a chandelier could emphasize a beautiful white, bright room, reflecting light off each crystal droplet.

It doesn’t have to be invasive, it could be a discreet chandelier with a subtle impact. A smaller room wouldn’t support anything too overbearing, whereas a delicate fixture could be the perfect final touch. Hang the chandelier low to drawer a room in and give high ceilings some inclusion, or hang it closer to the ceiling if the room needs to feel larger.

Don’t feel your room has to be grand to support a chandelier, it could be the chandelier that creates an appearance of grandeur, transforming that small dark corner into a feature.

Sweet Dreams from Chichi Furniture!

Did you know, in a lifetime, we will spend approx a third of our time sleeping!! So here at Chichi we would like to ensure that a third of your time is spent in an amazing, stylish bed.

Not only is a bed a piece of furniture we can’t really do without, it is also the key piece in any bedroom design.

Below are some stunning examples of the beds we offer, to ensure you will float away with your dreams, leaving your worries at the door;

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For those of you who adore the French Rustic style look, there is the beautiful ‘Rattan Bed’, adding charm and character to your room, not over-imposing, but silently stylish.

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Need a statement – look no further than our ‘Royal Carved, Ornate Beds’, go black and make the bed own the room, looking classy and stylish, or go ivory and create a shabby chic haven, grand in build but with that serene country feel.

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Or….. there is the all out glamorous ‘Sleigh Bed’ with its sumptuous silk upholstered head and foot board – we apologize if you won’t want to get up in the morning!!

Sweet Dreams…..

So Chic with Black

ImageBlack furniture, so chic and stylish. You say ‘black’ and people can often think dreary, dark and not a colour to use in the home, especially after a long winter when we all need some sunlight, BUT, we at Chichi know different, embrace it and use it to your advantage and create a designer haven.

Black is a wonderful colour, yes it is as dark as it comes, but that can be positive. Its Strong, Chic and Stylish, a statement colour and can work well with many other colour palettes. Imagine a very light room with a stunning bed (as above) taking centre stage, covered in crisp white linens and a striking chandelier, you have a glamorous space to be proud of.

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Black can be used as the main theme colour, or surprisingly as a delicate highlight. Some people like the sultry, gothic look with heavy carved pieces, whereas others prefer a more toned down use of the colour. You may have a pale scheme that needs lifting, so furnishing in black will really stand out, or, you may have a dark room that would better suit lighter furniture, with a hint of black subtly running through to pull the scheme together – maybe an elegant black framed mirror on a vast white wall, or (as shown above) a delicate black console table to perfectly fill that empty space and add charm to your lounge. The beautiful white bedside above has been highlighted in stunning black vines, resulting in an understated piece that simply speaks for itself.

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Then of course there is the room that is ultra chic with a touch of opulence, achieved by the wonderful relationship between black and gold – a pairing that oozes class. The gold can delicately edge a black unit or be bold and bring out carved detailing. High ceiling/large rooms can often lend themselves to heavily carved black and gold furniture.

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Finally there is the rustic look, a stone floored farmhouse style room, white washed walls and high beamed ceilings, add a large country rustic dining table (as above) and the scene is complete – the introduction of the natural wood colour adds warmth and softens the stark black, whilst matching in with the beamed ceiling. An inviting/earthy look I’m sure you’ll agree. Just needs the crusty bread and wine!

Whatever the look you’re after, don’t immediately shy away from black, in avoiding it, you could be missing the answer to your design quandary!

Be Bold with Gold

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Gold is one of those colours, you may like/hate, enjoy wearing it, but not decorating with it, or it may be a colour that never crosses your mind. Does it mean ‘party’ or ‘posh’ or simply a colour that can save the world from beige!!

Well, in regards to furniture we feel gold is a winner. Use it to make a bold statement in a grand room, use it to warm up a cold space, or use it to delicately enhance a style. Gold is a colour to have fun with and use in many ways. It’s a colour that you can be extravagant with, its regal. Or it can be a fantastic colour to soften a dark interior by contrasting against black and adding a bit of depth to a scheme.

Gold doesn’t look out of place on heavily carved furniture, like the exquisite dressing table above, which is simply ‘enhanced’ by the gold and made to look even more stunning. The above piece would look beautiful as a feature in a large bedroom that was in need of definition, or in a high ceiling room where you need to drawer your eye down a bit to lose the sense of ‘too much space’.

What are your experiences of gold, good or bad?

Chichi Furniture wants to add the ‘wow’ back into your home, so go on, ‘Be Bold with Gold’ x

EMILY WHEELER

Writer, interiors stylist and interior designer

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