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Fill your home this autumn with French Chic interior design

The French Chic interior design has flooded magazines with its unusual character and elegant appearance. The way in which the French innovate and show their good taste in their homes has crossed the borders and French-style interior design is now finding its way to other countries. In order to get to know this home decoration style better, it is necessary to follow some small guidelines with which you will be able to experience new sensations.

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The first thing is to look at the interior architecture and decoration of buildings in Paris. The city has a very special charm and every building has its own history. Parisian philosophy is based above all on practical luxury. A home has to be functional but yet elegance does not have to get in the way of comfort and practicality. Thus, an old apartment has to retain its character, such as splendid roof mouldings, and be decorated with some current pieces that maintain the property's character and essence, such as extremely striking floor lamps.

Respecting history is a priority in the French Chic style, but it also opts for an ingenious anti-decorating aspect by placing objects or things that at first would not seem to fit in the room. The idea is to play with natural looking features. However, a room that looks too organised can be tiring and boring. Armchairs upholstered with leather carpets, portraits from the sixteenth century and 60s paintings displayed on the same wall are some great examples of this type of interior design.

Madrid - Este otoño el estilo chic francés llenará su hogar

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

This style is based on an "effortless" technique where you do not have to try too hard. Simplicity is the order of the day and memories have to take up a home so that it becomes an exclusive refuge. You must also opt for both old and modern style decoration in unison by creating cosy settings with plants, books and small works of art.

Antiques are a great choice. In antique shops you can find some amazing pieces that fit perfectly with the French philosophy. Second-hand or recycled items are ecological, sustainable and imaginative decoration that will look incredibly well in an environment like the one we want to achieve.

Madrid - Este otoño el estilo chic francés llenará su hogar

Foto: © Engel & Völkers Madrid

Moving gradually away from neutral colours is another step to follow. White interiors give a lot of leeway in the decor and the French have a weakness for them; however, mixing colours can be very authentic and there is nothing like combining the classic with the modern, connecting styles and mixing different colours of the palette for that unique touch. For example, a room that has been decorated in Scandinavian design with vintage fixtures together with the classic elegance of the French design, where white, yellow, green and black colours are not missing can become as part of your personal essence.

Finally, you have to keep in mind that the French lifestyle is functional and there is a reason for everything. The decoration faithfully reflects the personality of the home owner, but both furniture and aesthetics have to have their own roles to play. Making the most of any room space is important in order to create the most relaxing environment, especially when you unleash your creativity and introduce some high-end furniture to the room.

For more information on the property shown as an example, do not hesitate to contact our offices at Engel & Völkers Madrid.

Engel & Völkers

Génova, 27 - 5th floor
28004 Madrid
+34 91 277 45 00

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