8 design rules French-style living rooms always follow


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There is a certain je ne sais quoi about the French interiors. Renowned for its chic aesthetic, there is a distinct elegance that feels unique. What characterizes the style is an appreciation for the classical look – think tall ceilings with detailed molding and decorative vintage treasure trove finds that could have been picked up in a Paris flea market.

But it also manages to feel modern and cool. As a self-proclaimed Francophile, I for one am obsessed with the look. To get to the bottom of exactly what the style looks like (and to help me get some pointers for how to recreate this interior design style in my own living room), I’ve spoken to some of my favorite French interior designers.

1. Remember the wall art

A French-style living room

(Image credit: Stephanie Coutas)

It’s no secret that France is one of the art capitals, and French interiors reflect that heritage with dramatic living room wall art that brings character in abundance. Wall art is also a great way to make the most of all that wall space in French homes. French spaces typically have very high ceilings, particularly those in Haussmannian buildings so synonymous with Parisian style decor, so decorating the walls with large statement artworks is a great way to effectively use the space while creating a captivating focal point.

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