With floral patterns back, homes decorated in French chic themes have been dominating the scene since last year. And by the looks of it, too, this trend is here to stay for a long, long time. This style can be a bit difficult to pull off, though, as it presents a thin, thin line between being fashionable and being tacky.
Veer away from that 80's vibe by decorating your rooms with floral and chintz with other graphic pastel patterns on clean, crisp monochrome. Furniture can be in white or off-white, white-washed even. If feeling a bit adventurous, though, choose the unconventional muted tones of cream, grey, grey-blue or sunshine yellow as your base instead of the usual white or cream. Paired with the right accents, these colors will warm up any room for sure.
Try framing flowers à la Monet (think French rose, cornflower, maize and pumpkin) or Van Gogh (magenta, dark blue, saffron and tangerine). Putting these frames on walls painted in muted colors will definitely make them stand out.
The French chic theme is warm, comfy and very homey, so decorating areas of your home where your family can bond and communicate with each other or where you entertain guests is advisable. When decorating your living room, remember to strike a balance between femininity and masculinity: flowers, dried or otherwise, in a vase filled with sharp edges, oil pastels lined up on a beige shelf, throw pillows designed with light blue or pastel pink circles and triangles. When decorating your dining room and kitchen, matching utensils are also recommended although unnecessary. Silverware is still the best option, bringing sophistication in even the softest and lightest of atmospheres.
Like most trendy themes, the best part of having a French chic theme is mixing and matching different patterns and colors. Do not hesitate to experiment until you find the look for your home that perfectly reflects you and your family’s personality.