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Paris Decor Ideas for Your Personal Chateau

Welcome to the Chateau [insert your name here]! In this chateau, every room is filled with Paris decor — the way the Parisians do it. Paris may be a city in the “real” world, but in the world of fashion, design and art, Paris is everything. Whether you’re a painter, decorator or designer, it’s where you go if you want to learn a thing or two — and get inspired by the trailblazers of our time. Of course, traveling to the City of Lights isn’t always an option (hello, quarantine); so to help keep you on your decorating toes, we’ve compiled our best decorating tips — inspired for you, by Paris.

Paris Room Decor Ideas

Sure, you can hang up a picture of the Eiffel Tower and call it a day — or you can embrace the essence of Paris through timeless decor reminiscent of the city’s style. In a word, Paris style is sophisticated. It’s romantic, feminine and elegant. It’s ooh la la! It’s delicate with notes of Victorian influence.
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In this Parisian dining room, soft neutrals get elevated with nailhead trim (on the dining room chairs). Also note the intricate area rug, vignette-like curio (inspired by French-Victorian designs) and the grand Roman numeral wall clock (partially hidden on the back wall).
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Francophiles will appreciate this “all-French, all-over” accent table, with its classical details like carved legs and chic grey finish. Pairs perfectly with a high-back, nailhead chair (see next photo!)
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A tufted barrel back with tight seat cushions and turned wood legs are the traditional-style parts that make up the greater Paris-inspired whole that is this tres chic accent chair. Note how the statement black hue of the legs contrast sharply with the rest of the design — Paris at its best.
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A subtler version of the “Paris dining room;” gorgeous dining chairs, fiddle-backed with vase-shaped splats vis-a-vis a neutral color palette (seeing a pattern here?) over a simple white rug.
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Here, a poster bed with four carved posters; sheer linen drapes; tableau wallpaper and the obligatory fleurs. Taking a closer look, you’ll catch a glimpse of the matching bedside table and fashion-designer coffee table book (a Paris must).
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It’s not as simple as hanging up a picture of the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe. To really get the vibe, you’ve got to think like a modern-day Parisian: Think sleek, chic and bright-and-airy!

What Makes Parisian Decor?

Wondering how to get “the look?” Grab a croissant, and get to reading: Here are our top fourteen “essentials” for Parisian decorating!
  • Light neutrals. Light neutrals to keep the space flowy is a must in Paris decorating. Avoid big “dark” pieces, which are more “trend” than they are “timeless.”
  • Carved wood. Take another look at the images above; almost all have incorporations of carved wood. Today, carved wood is Paris’ modern tribute to the rich details of traditional European design.
  • Feminine & Romantic. Parisian style is elegant and gives off the feeling of delicacy; it’s a whirlwind of femininity and Romanticism, with neutral colors and simple textures to keep the vibe light.
  • Sophistication (modern). Look for modern touches in a Paris-styled home — because you will find them. Whether it’s an incorporation of a trendy art piece or pillow, Parisian style does nothing if not “blend” the past with the present.
  • Minimalism. Along the same vein, Paris decor errs on the style of minimalism. Whereas its ancestral aesthetic (Traditional design) is ornate, Paris emanates simplicity.
  • A touch of pattern. Florals and fleur-de-lis in rugs, pillows, blankets and artwork capture Paris style. Just remember to hold back a bit; Paris style is understated.
  • Maps and symbols. Of course, the blunter variations of Paris-decorated rooms will include artwork of the Eiffel Tower, maps of the streets of the city itself and French word art — and there’s nothing wrong with that! Sometimes, you simply can’t hold back your love for this most romantic of cities (we can totally relate).
  • Upholstery. You’ll want to incorporate upholstery in the backs of accent chairs, the seats of dining chairs and in the form of a tufted ottoman and rounded stool.
  • A little bit of fashion. You can’t call your style Parisian if it doesn’t include elements of fashion. Hang a wall hook on a hallway or living room wall to show off a chic floppy hat or statement bag. (Not feeling so bold? You can also consider fashion wall art — in place of actual fashion “wall art.”)
  • A little bit of history. Paris decor at its richest incorporates the history of the city through bits and pieces of decor. An Arc de Triomphe bookend or a miniature bust of the Venus de Milo, for starters.
  • Sleek surfaces. Avoiding the use of distressed finishes or a “weathered, aged” look, Parisian aesthetic thrives on glossy accents and modernistic touches.
  • Natural light. If you’ve got drapes, pull them back. If you have a window, open it. A Paris-style home is one that embraces lightness, brightness and freshness. It feels “new” — no matter how old it actually is.
  • A touch of color. With a palette of light neutrals, it’s easy to incorporate pops of color when you feel like it. For a singularly Paris feel, opt for light pink or purple.
  • A touch of glam. Elegance, class and a note of glam go hand in hand; in Parisian decor, the latter is embodied through accent metallics (a statement mirror) and other luxury decor (a crystal lampshade being one).

Et pour la chambre . . . 

In the bedroom, incorporate florals. Whether you choose to do this through an actual bouquet in a vase or a still life painting, you truly can’t go wrong with a petal or two. 

You’ll also want to consider a canopy bed. This is because canopy beds invite the potential for a sheer, drapey, feminine canopy - a Parisian aesthetic if there ever was one. 

Finally, consider mirrors, and especially a vanity. A French mademoiselle puts care into her nightly routine and frankly is the embodiment of Parisian style.

Iconography of Paris

Here are just a few of the icons associated with the City of Love and its style; incorporate them into your artwork, memorabilia decor, coffee table books and/or something as simple as artful conversations with your guests!

  • Historical landmarks. Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower: The city’s world-famous massive triumphal arch and tower (respectively).
  • Fashion icons. Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin are among the most associated with the “Parisian look.”
  • Cinema icons. The French New Wave of the ‘60s ushered in the likes of neorealist filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Ana Karina.
  • River. A river boat tour along the Seine, anyone?
  • Food. French macarons, croissants and some fine wine.

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