FRENCH LES­SON

Gal­lic el­e­gance is abun­dant in these two Parisian homes, but when it comes to colour, the in­te­ri­ors are worlds apart. Discover the se­crets to mak­ing any spec­trum of shades chic

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Two Parisian homes – one bub­bly and bright, one pared-back – are a les­son in dec­o­rat­ing with colour on both sides of the spec­trum

colour pro­file

The home of Inès de la Fres­sange, a model, au­thor and de­signer, is about hav­ing fun mix-and-match­ing cheer­ful brights with pas­tels. The trick is not to over­think it.

break with con­ven­tion!

Inès’ num­ber one styling trick? Shun the show­room look at all costs. To avoid the or­di­nary and em­brace the un­ex­pected at home, she cre­ated a “ram­shackle” style start­ing with mis­matched chairs, picked up here and there and re­painted in dif­fer­ent colours.

the fin­ish line

When it comes to paint­ing walls and fur­ni­ture in dif­fer­ent colours, a dec­o­ra­tive ef­fect can be achieved by us­ing a va­ri­ety of paint fin­ishes. If your walls are low-sheen and you have a vin­tage side­board with dis­tressed paint­work, opt for a high-gloss or matte fin­ish for other fur­ni­ture such as chairs, ta­bles, step-lad­ders and stools.

light up your life

There’s no doubt can­dles will add soft­ness to any room, but they can also bring colour and vi­brancy. Choose ta­per or pil­lar sil­hou­ettes in dif­fer­ent hues and set them in can­dle­sticks and can­de­labras, or group to­gether on a tray. Bonus points for cre­at­ing twice the glim­mer when you ar­range lit can­dles in front of a mir­ror.

to­tally tex­tile

Artworks and ac­ces­sories are the essence of in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion, but fab­rics play an equally im­por­tant role. The fab­rics you choose re­veal a lot about your style: pre­cious ma­te­ri­als such as damask silks and velvets are su­per luxe and so­phis­ti­cated, while nat­u­ral fab­rics like linen and hemp are laid­back and down-to-earth.

per­sonal pal­ette

Ev­ery­one has a colour pal­ette they lean to­wards. Inès loves pink be­cause it casts an al­lur­ing glow that is flat­ter­ing for all com­plex­ions. She’s also drawn to pale green antique fur­ni­ture and uses nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. Where pos­si­ble, Inès likes to dec­o­rate with all three – take this vi­gnette of artworks and trin­kets atop a green side­board.

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