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French Style Gives Rooms A 'Magnifique' Look

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The French have a reputation as the purveyors of style and sophistication. Even in these days when casual living reigns supreme, French interior designs impart elegance and class to a home environment.

Those whose idea of this style has been limited to rustic French Country may be surprised to learn how chic a French interior can look. Whether it's the ornate, decorative designs of the Baroque and Rococo periods, or something more streamlined such as the Neo-Classical style, there is a luxury to French interior decorating unmatched by any other design.

The French dcor style, just like the French, is all about glamour. You will want to begin with the walls so you can set everything else based on the wall colors. Use pale color palettes - combinations of mint, grey, robin's eye blue or cream - to get your walls looking glamorous. For grater effect, throw in touches of gold, silver or shimmering gilt. If pale colors don't do it for you, go for rich jewel tones - emerald green, red, teal and peacock blue look great. You can accent these with gold, white or black.

No French design is truly authentic without ornate patterns, including on the walls. The best wall covering to use patterns on is wall paper. Choose wall paper with a decorative all over pattern, and your chosen color palette as the base. Your floor covering should remain solid, but in a complementary tone to the walls. Vivid blue rugs will add a rich tone to the floor. If you prefer keeping the walls plain, use floral area rugs to incorporate some pattern.

Match the look on your walls and floor with unique furniture, French style. Check out antique furniture from your local furniture store. Go or pieces with elaborate curves - legs, arms and back. Bistros tables and chairs for your dining or living room and vanity tables, armoires and chaise lounges for your bedroom are perfect. If you can't find any dark woods, choose pieces that are painted in black or white with gild accents.

Luxurious fabrics are one of the hallmarks of French interior design. Choose opulent materials such as brocade, damask, velvet, toile, satin, silk and lace. Use these fabrics in full draperies hung with swags or tails, tied back with golden, tasseled cords. In the bedroom, create a canopy above a bed by draping one of these fabrics attached to sturdy rings or brackets. Upholstery, pillows, duvet covers and even cushions and throws also should be made of rich velvet or satins and silks in fine patterns.

Cap it all with gorgeous accessories. Use wall lamps, wall scones and crystal chandeliers to add a touch of elegance to your lighting. If you have table lamps, decorate them with silk lampshades, enhanced with beads, fringes or feathers. If you have used bright colors all around the room, keep the colors of the lampshades neutral to balance the look.

Adorn your shelves with hat boxes, pillboxes, jewelry boxes, silver hand mirrors, crystal perfume bottles and brushes/combs. Hang decorative mirrors, mantle clocks and framed pictures. If you have French art prints, incorporate them too. Just be sure to keep it moderate as too much of these will look clumsy.

Then get ready to start giving lessons to your friends because they will want to know the secret!

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