Interior Inspiration: French Modern Maison

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It’s hard to argue with the beauty and elegance of modern French interiors. Combining old world grandeur with new shapes (and often daring juxtapositions) this style of decorating is dramatic and the very definition of chic.

Filling Pinterest boards and Tumblr accounts for as far as the eye can see, this drool-worthy interior aesthetic is having a major moment.

The modern French maison begins with a large-scale, single-level apartment that boasts great foundations (such as vintage detailing, parquetry wooden floors and double height ceilings) that are balanced by a strict edit of modern and luxe-looking pieces, raw and industrial materials, and occasional flashes of rich colour.

Even if you don’t have a Parisian apartment to call home it is possible to incorporate elements of this aesthetic into your place with a few simple tips:

  • You can add mouldings (detailed cornices and door frames) to existing plain walls and ceilings
  • Add drama and interest via chandeliers or modernist pendant lights or floor lamps
  • Pare back clutter
  • Keep the walls and ceiling in a very neutral palette – white, white, white
  • Add flashes of black via seating, abstract artwork, black and white photography or lamps
  • Large-scale mirrors either wall-mounted or leaning against the wall
  • Add sparse metallic accents – burnished brass, silver, gold and pewter via accessories, art objects, and tables.


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  • Reply piggyvest Tuesday 6th December, 2016 at 1:10 am

    love them, i like the details of every picture..

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    this is way more beautiful and so elegant and spacious.

  • Reply Jane Monday 23rd March, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous – so clean and fresh and chic.

  • Reply Labrina Liacopoulos Tuesday 17th March, 2015 at 11:35 am

    love it!

  • Reply AngieT09 Thursday 19th February, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Everything is just so beautiful!

  • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
    Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Wednesday 18th February, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Glad everyone liked these examples – thank you for the feedback! …. and BellaB, please don’t give away your kids! 😉

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 18th February, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Shiny white floors are bliss!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Sunday 15th February, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Love the ornate ceilings!

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 15th February, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Some gorgeous neutral rooms there.

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 15th February, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I think I’d have to give away my kids to reduce clutter.

  • Reply stels Saturday 14th February, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    <3 it

  • Reply blueruby Friday 13th February, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    love the clean look!

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