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