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Author: Randye S. Spina

While we often associate French decor with ornate moldings, intricate ceiling designs, and furnishings such as chandeliers and velvet upholstery, the true essence of French style is so much more…and it’s accessible to us all. With a little bit of effort, you can easily incorporate a bit of French attitude into your home to create a space that is uniquely you!

What exactly is the French way of decorating? 

French interior design is all about creating a sophisticated yet comfortable space, with a focus on personal flair and a classic aesthetic. It is characterized by attention to detail, and is heavily influenced by the country’s rich history, culture, and architecture. 

The French style is also known for bringing timeless beauty into the home with a mix of both modern and vintage elements. Often, vintage and antique pieces are incorporated into a space to add history and character. The use of patterns, such as toile and stripes, is also common, as well as the use of natural materials such as stone, wood, and metal. 



Following the challenges and practicality experienced during the pandemic, many homeowners are yearning for calm spaces, with a touch of under-stated elegance. Based on recent interior design trends, the current design sensibility can include:

Neutral colors: Neutral colors – such as beige, gray, and white – continue to be popular in French interior design, serving as a backdrop for bold accents and patterns.

Bold Accents: Bold accent colors are being used to add a pop of color to neutral spaces and to bring energy to a room.

Earth Tones: Natural, earthy colors such as warm browns, rusts, olive greens, and warmer shades of white are  dominating, reflecting a growing trend towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to design. Soft pinks and blue-green palettes are also popular on the scene.

Subtle Metallics: While metallics such as gold, bronze, and copper will continue to be popular in French interior design, more understated metallics (such as silver, iron, nickel, etc.) are increasingly being added to bring “everyday sophistication” to living spaces.

Alternative Visual Art: While contemporary paintings never go out of style, in 2023 there is an increased interest in alternative visuals, such as tapestry (on the floor or walls), decorative tile, alluring lighting, and sculpture.

Peaceful spaces: Answering the call for calm spaces where one can retreat and rejuvenate, designers are increasingly utilizing soft tones and monochromatic styling.


Art is not just the “icing on the cake” in your home. It’s often the focal point of each room, creating a sense of energy and sparking conversations among your guests. However, choosing the “perfect piece” for each room can be daunting. One of the questions we often receive is…

Should my art match my decor? 

Most designers would agree that this is a matter of personal preference. That said, in some cases, matching the art to the decor can create a cohesive and harmonious look. In other cases, having art that contrasts with the decor can add interest and depth to a space.

In traditional interior design spaces, it is often expected for art to match the decor, with works that blend and complement the aesthetic of the room. 

In more contemporary design spaces, it is more common to have art that adds a pop of color or interest. For example, a modern minimalist space may be paired with an abstract or pop art piece to add a bold statement.

Most importantly, when you decorate your home, it’s key to fill your space with art and furnishings you love, and follow your own instinct. The new rule is: there are no rules! You can pick and choose to blend the trends you love most to nurture your own unique style. Bon courage !


Need help choosing your art? Browse our gallery for ideas, or contact us for complimentary assistance in making your best choice. Our advisors are standing by to guide you, and our coordinators will manage your purchase every step of the way, from the art studios of France…directly to your doorstep.

Editor’s Notes:

Stay tuned for our next Collector’s Corner article “Serenity in Interior Design.” In the article, we’ll share tips on bringing zen into your home and also announce the next virtual exhibit of Galerie Jumelles.

This article is the second in our Collector’s Corner series. Missed the last one? You can read it here.