Bring French-style living into your life
FROM the food to the fashion and interiors, there is much about the elegance of French style that is universally loved.
But achieving a truly classic Parisian design in your home is less about mimicking the look and more about focusing on the most important elements, AZBcreative director Alex Zabotto-Bentley says.
The interior designer and stylist has experience injecting European charm into spaces, most recently at Sydney bar Kittyhawk.
He says Parisian chic is all about letting the interiors take a back seat so the smaller ornaments and decor pieces steal the show.
“Art and objects speak louder than patterns,” Zabotto-Bentley says.
“The French love to collect art and love to create their own gallery.”
Keep your interiors simple and timeless by choosing muted colours such as soft greys and offwhites.
“French chic is really about natural materials – beautiful wools and cotton, raw bronze and aged brass,” Zabotto-Bentley says.
“It’s an interior that really feels as if it’s kind of faded in time. Nothing stands out.”
The focus will then shift to the finer details.
Zabotto-Bentley says collecting items with a story behind them is key.
“Get things that have a history to them and speak of your personality,” he says.
The trick to creating a stylish display is to cluster your objects together.
“Find some unique books, put some old vases in there with some cool flowers and mix it in with a piece of art,” Zabotto-Bentley says.
“Cluster things in odd numbers. There’s always one that sits at the front.” See more interiors at azbthecreative.com
Soft grey tones, art pieces and tabletops with clustered items are featured throughout the Parisian chic styled home of interior designer Alex ZabottoBentley (pictured).