How To Style Your Home Like A Parisian

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We’re head over heels for these trés chic interiors…

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Blyth Collinson designed sitting room with green and red velvet sofas

Interior design by Blyth Collinson Interiors (blyth-collinson.co.uk)

With news that a second season of Emily in Paris will (shortly) be on its way, we’re getting ready for a second dose of french sartorial prowess. And the show’s playful, colourfully-captivating Parisian interiors are just as covetable. If you loved them as much as we did, here’s how to tap into relaxed, easygoing, je ne sais quoi Parisian style with artfully ruffled sheets, bold prints and plenty of wicker furniture. Add mismatched door handles, layers of linen, and an irresistible scented candle for the full effect.

Parisian Interiors Inspiration 

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Polkra Atlas candle with snake design

Polkra Atlas natural rapeseed and beeswax candle, £49. polkra.com

Notes of musk and cedar wood in this sweet, velvety scent from Polkra balance out lighter cassis and mandarin. Fit for the Jardin des Tuileries.

Anthropologie rattan bed with white sheets and plant in corner

Kinsella rattan bed, £1,798. anthropologie.com

Rattan is back in a big way – this Anthropologie number is a bedroom show-stealer.

Small wicker rattan chair

Oyoy Mini Rainbow Rattan children’s chair, £105. johnlewis.com

Little ones will love this rattan chair in miniature from Oyoy Mini.

Bed with Caravane yellow linen pillowcases and yellow and pink floral bedspread

Caravane Selena bedlinen, from €110. caravane.co.uk

The ultimate luxury: sunshine-yellow, 100% linen sheets.

Wicker table with pink top and navy tassels

Oliver Bonas Kinship rattan bedside table, £265. oliverbonas.com

The ‘au naturel’ aesthetic gets an update in this chic side table, with military tassel handles and a contrasting pink metal top.

Ottoline pink and orange patterned cushion

Ottoline Improvisation No 2 linen cushion, £135. libertylondon.com

We love the 60s style print of this linen cushion from Dutch design house Ottoline.

Soho Home Frome lamp with green base and white shade

Soho Home Frome lamp, £245. sohohome.com

A statement lamp to upgrade your side table.

Marie Antoinette bust candle

Cire Trudon Marie Antoinette bust candle, £110. harrods.com

Cire Trudon’s iconic bust candles – like this replica of Marie Antoinette – are a hallway head-turner.

Multicoloured Les Ottomans candlestick

Les Ottomans candle stick, £200. amara.com

The more stylish way to burn the midnight oil.

Ralph Lauren blue and white vintage patterned wallpaper

Ralph Lauren Vintage Dauphine wallpaper, £83 per roll. johnlewis.com

The ultimate nod to French interior design – Toile de Jouy walls in porcelain blue.

Astier de Villatte white plate with apple and leaf design

Astier de Villatte Quince plate, £75. libertylondon.com

To add a little french rustic charm to your dinner service – stock up on Astier de Villatte’s handmade plates.

Interiors Inspiration: Parisian Apartments

Hubert and Poyet designed Parisian living room in neutrals

Photos: © Francis Amiand

1. Go second hand 

Laid back, laissez-faire Parisian style is best achieved with a mix of old and new pieces, colour layered against monochrome, and plenty of interest from contrasting textures – exemplified by this project by French architects Humbert & Poyet in South Pigalle, Paris. The designers blended 50s brass and opaline hanging lamps from Italy with custom made furniture pieces, Pierre Frey wallpaper and Didier Cabuy floors. To get the look yourself (and for unique pieces you won’t be seeing on every Instagram feed in two months from now) hunt down furniture and art second-hand, or upcycle pieces you already have with a lick of paint. Trés chic – while also being the more sustainable and eco-friendly choice. humbertpoyet.com

Blyth Collinson designed bedroom with yellow walls, bed and rug

2. Distressed is best

Don’t be afraid of a little of rough-and-readiness when it comes to the texture of walls, floorboards and furniture treatments. We love these amber-yellow walls in this scheme, designed by Blyth Collinson Interiors. Although this project is in an Oxfordshire farmhouse (rather than Provençal), the water-stained paint lend a lustrous glow to beautiful antique pieces. We could easily imagine it as a bohemian garret in the Marais. blyth-collinson.co.uk

Parisian bedroom with book case and pink bed

Photos: © Francis Amiand

3. Keep colours and decorations understated

Another project by Humbert & Poyet, this bedroom was designed for an apartment in the 9th arrondissement of Saint-Georges. While it could be tempting to go all-out Versailles with the existing features, Humbert & Poyet have perfectly offset and toned down feminine blush hues and original cornicing with more relaxed linen textures, an artful jumble of books and space-enhancing mirrored cabinets. humbertpoyet.com

Panelled white room with two doors and two green chairs

Photos: © Francis Amiand

4. Choose art and furniture carefully

Humbert & Poyet achieved this look by combining photography by Francois Halard with 70s armchairs, which balance the straight lines and more masculine feel of panelled joinery and Napoleonian chairs from antiques shop, The Military Campaign. humbertpoyet.com

Bedroom with pink toile de juoy wallpaper and headboard

5. Go Tonal

Feeling more daring? Time to break out the toile. A shortcut to create statement, impact and focal points is by basing a colour scheme around a single shade. Take a leaf out of Blyth Collinson’s book here, by layering patterns, shapes and trimmings within the same shade range. We also love the replicated wallpaper pattern in the fabric of the headboard. blyth-collinson.co.uk

Living area with two chairs, green pattenered kitchen in background

Photos: © Francis Amiand

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