5 French Houses To Inspire Your Next Renovations – It’s a known fact that the French are masters when it comes to interior design, and we all want a little French-inspired twist in our homes. So, today Modern Home Decor brings you five french houses to be inspired by, with styles going from more contemporary to more baroque.
The first example is this cosy 19th-century farmhouse in the French Alps. One of France’s most renowned designer, Armel Soyer, renovated this former farmhouse into a home in the middle of the French Alps. Converting it into a home took three years. Although they made few changes to the external structure, the interior was completely changed, while always trying to salvage the original materials. Former floorboards were used for walls, as was burnt wood from the previous chimney breast. And when new planks had to be added, they were stained different colours to give them an aged look. You can achieve this look by using warm tones, rustic wood pieces and furs.
The French Riviera home of artist Jean Cocteau tells a story within its walls. Located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, it was known as “la villa tatuoée” (the tattooed villa). Resting on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, the villa — decorated by the great Madeleine Castaing — was just another house in accordance with the style of the region when the 61-year-old artist arrived. Cocteau started by drawing a mural of Apollo, the Greek god of music and art, poetry and archery, above the fireplace, and ended up drawing on all of the rooms. Occasionally, he painted the interiors of cupboards or covered paintings with patterned curtains. “And when we no longer know where to hang our paintings,” he said, “we hang them outside, on the trees.” This eclectic look can be achieved through the use of bright colour combinations and lots of accessories.
Australian fashion designer Martin Grant‘s apartment/studio in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement is an excellent example of great design. Grant bought the house 13 years ago and has been decorating it ever since. With a passion for accumulating mementoes, textiles and vintage flea market finds, he has been collecting pieces for years. He says he liked the changes made by the previous owners, hence the only thing he did was paint the walls white. This is a more clean look but still with a rustic feel, you can achieve that by painting woods white and visit vintage fairs to find the perfect accessories.
Parisian interior designer Sarah Lavoine has that enviable French girl style in her apartment. According to her, some of the best ways to give your space a French feel is to have lamps, in order to create a cosier atmosphere; to not be afraid of mixing inspirations and time periods; to hide your appliances with cabinets and to have candles, since they create a nice glow and also contribute to the atmosphere.
French interior designer and art curator Emilie Bonaventure took a potentially ordinary 9th arrondissement apartment and created a space that is serene, elegant, and, of course, impeccably Parisian. The 19th-century Haussmann apartment in Pigalle was structurally sound when she found it, with only some original cornices left worth restoring. Most of the decor items came from flea markets, which are always a great way to find unique pieces. The designer has added unconventional touches in the apartment, too — such as carpet in the kitchen.