Monday, September 21, 2015

French Decor

French Décor for the Bedroom

French décor’s presence in the bedroom is one of romance, luxury, large furniture and color. Be sure to draw some inspiration from nature and its likely you’ve achieved perfection. French décor allows you to introduce many features into your bedroom in bold ways that most other types of décor generally don’t. The trick is to not go overboard. My advice is to start your project by selecting your color scheme.

French décor uses a broad range of colors, including various shades of reds, blues, yellows and greens. Use one or two colors (at the most) for your primary colors and compliment them with a white or an off white as an accent color. Traditionally, French décor calls for lighter or neutral colors as the primary wall color. However, today it is very much in fashion to use darker colors. A shade of blue, such as blue toile, is a decent color for a French inspired bedroom because blue is a relaxing color which will bring serenity to your bedroom. You can also use a golden yellow or burgundy as your main wall color.

Once you have chosen your color theme, you should decide on the type of furniture, its size and placement that you wish to place in your room. Remember that large, bold furniture is part of what makes French décor so luxurious. Choose a large bed with big headboard that will be used as the centerpiece of the bedroom. While the rest of the furniture should also be large, there should not be too many pieces in the room. A chest of drawers or an armoire is a good choice. If your bedroom is big enough, you can add a rich loveseat as well.

The material that is used for the bed, as well as the rest of the furniture, should be wood. The wood that is used in French décor is either going to be of a dark color or painted in an off white color. The wood should have some sort of carving added to it. At times, you may also find some gold color metal in addition to the carvings. You can complement the dark wood with a dark wall color or white wood with a light color. Feel free to hand paint some flowers or sceneries on the chest drawers to bring some additional color and romance to the bedroom.

Mirrors are a good way to continue the tradition of going large in French Décor. Use a large mirror to make the room appear bigger.

When it comes to curtains, yours should reach from the ceiling to the floor and be made from a rich, thick fabric. Tie the curtains back to let light in and create a more dramatic effect. The color of the drapes should match your bedding and your furniture in order to maintain the color theme.

Add a couple of paintings to the bedroom. Rococo or Baroque themes work best with French décor. Ideal images include those that emphasize nature or people having a nice time.

The final touch to your French inspired bedroom is going to be dazzling bedding. Your bedding should have some shine and luster to it to create a dramatic and welcoming effect. Use white or cream colored sheets to set off a beautiful duvet. Gold, sky blue, white, burgundy and gold are popular colors to construct themes in French décor bedding. Use a lot of big pillows and neck rolls to complete the effect.

While French décor permits you an abundance of freedom to experiment using many variables such as color, texture and patterns in your bedroom, it is very important to not get carried away and be too excessive in your décor. This can make the room appear cluttered and overdone. Have fun decorating and enjoy your new French themed bedroom!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Open and Clean

A 280m2 single family house designed by Architects EAT located in the leafy suburb of Canterbury, Australia. Concrete, steel and glass were used as the primary building envelope of the extension. The project has been featured over 14 presses internationally and has been a popular feature over 100 blogs and websites. It has also won the acclaimed ‘AIA Victorian Chapter Residential Award’.O

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Black, Brown and White Theme

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (7)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (4)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (13)

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Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (28)

I love the contemporary style of these book shelves, beauty and function.

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (31)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (37)

The accent wall of wood is spotlighted and quite different from a normal display, continue reading to see what it is actually used for, which will surprise you.

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (38)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (34)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (40)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (46)

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino (52)

The low lighting offers a soothing feel and is perfect for relaxing in your bathing environment to offer a spa like feeling.

Giolitti by Fabio Fantolino: Located in the center of Turin. The living area, is opposed to the sleeping are of cozy and intimate spaces.

In the lounge, the resin and baked brushed brown oak, give balance to a living room that with the sofas, rugs and chairs make this environment full of atmosphere.

The Interiors are embellished with precious materials such as the pantry: built as a vintage cabinet using old woods make it a centerpiece for display.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Private Residence by aEa

Situated in Paris, France, this contemporary private residence was designed by aEa-agence Egasser architecture.  This is close to something that I have designed and the decorating topped off the dramtics of this design.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Contemporary Apartment/Traditional??

I don't critique on designs much at all, but I love the clean fresh contemporary look and feel in this entrance to the home. Below, they begin to mix traditional and heavy lighting which I don't believe adds, but takes away from the contemporary feel.

The pin lights over the table are too heavy for the contemporary style in this kitchen.

Now you see what I mean with the heavy pin lights and 3 of them to boot, along with the pleated drapery treatments and heavy upholstered chairs, simply doesn't fit in my opinion.

Ah, now we are back to the clean contemporary feel.

Oops, here we go again, the two heavy chandeliers are way too much for this room, especially against a contemporary fixture over the table. Way to many built in spot lights.  Also, sorry, but Topiaries don't fit in this room at all.

This room feel cluttered to me. What are your thoughts?