How to add ‘oh-la-la’ to your home
24 Jul 2014 4:34 PM
Posted by hh's Anna Bradley
Find out how to give your home a French makeover.
When you think of France, many images immediately spring to mind. Gorgeous countryside, romantic landmarks, delicious wines and great shopping. Whether you have seen it in person or in movies, it is a truly beautiful place with a certain ‘oh la la’ that's unique and intoxicating. Marj Silva, senior stylist at The Home, gave us some expert tips on how to bring the French factor into your home.
Marj says to say ‘oui oui’ to art, wall decals and any decorative object that feature French phrases or images. “Timber or fabric stamped with vintage postmarks and flourishing handwritten text will instantly transport your home to an older, more romantic time.”
Marj suggests creating a contrast in your home by emphasising the age of old, rustic-style pieces by combining them with new, polished furniture. “Rough-hewn timber, pared back paint, pre-loved books and rusted patinas create a sense of history and invite onlookers to explore your home's story.”
To integrate the je-ne-sais-quoi of the French countryside into your home, Marj insists on selecting ornaments that are inspired by the great outdoors such as, “woodland critters, birds, flowers and pine cones.” The same goes for colour choices: “Keep palettes subtle and earthy, like forest greens and sepia, and save electric hues for modern rooms.”
To create a French farmhouse vibe in your home, use a combination of muted metals such as bronze and pewter rather than high shine metals. This will add to the stylishly aged look of your décor.
When it comes to arranging and displaying your pieces, Marj encourages creativity: “Vary the height, size and texture of accents for a more visually interesting vignette. Use a bell jar, printed tray or even an old hard-cover book to unite your collected treasures.”
Photo credit: Thehome.com.au
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