Friday, September 15

Six Steps To Parisian Apartment Chic with Willow & Hall

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of classic Parisian Apartment decor. Herringbone parquet floors, stunning architectural details and high ceilings...totally dreamy.

Image: The Socialite Family

In fact, as I write I'm injecting a little Parisian Apartment chic into my DIY kitchen re-furb. More about that soon!

Meantime, there are a few easy things you can do to create this laid-back but glamorous look, or just give a nod to it, depending on how far you want to go.

1. Stick to a limited colour palette. This look requires a bit (okay a lot) of restraint. Think black, white, and neutral. And then add bit more neutral. Don't worry, metallics totally count as neutrals! Bring in some natural greenery with everyone's enduring botanical superstar, the fiddle leaf fig tree. And if you really must, you could add some blue, but make it muted.

Image: Gilles et Boissier / Birgitta Wolfgang 

2. Texture. Natural materials, fibres, and texture by the bucket-full. Think wood, stone, wool, leather, linen, velvet, sheepskin and gauzy soft cotton. You can't over do the texture, especially when you're working with a limited colour palette.

3. Architectural details. This is a controversial one, but I'm a firm believer in having fun with your interiors, so if you don’t have any architectural details and you want some, why not add them yourself? Wall mouldings, panelling, decorative cornicing and lovely deep skirting make a huge impact and can be done as simply or as over the top as you like.

Image: Maison Hand / Felix Forest

4. Contrasts. Play with the tension between old and new (or create it!). Traditional moulding looks incredible with a contemporary light fixture or coffee table thrown into the mix. This kind of contrast is always a good thing, and mixing eras and styles, keeps it modern and fresh.

5. Cool accessories. Think a lone disco ball, a Juju Hat, or a piece of vintage taxidermy. But don't go overboard. Just one interesting piece in a room will do the trick.


6. A bit of irreverent charm. A casual pile of magazines as a bedside table, an artfully arranged stack of vinyl.... vintage, obviously. Some framed art, leaning on the wall, or a huge un-hung mirror, all scream perfectly imperfect. But just make sure you subtly secure it so you don't harm the kids okay?


1. Pineapple Cornice – CS Interiors
2. Feather Pillow Chalkpaint – Earthborn Paints
3. Beat Brass Floor Lamp – Tom Dixon
4. Slate Cross by Franz Kline Poster – All Posters
5. Sheepskin – Really Well Made
6. Disco Ball – Amazon 
7. Silver Grey Velvet Cushion – AlsoHome 
8. Parquet flooring – Amtico
9. Vintage Berber Rug – City Cows
10. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree – try PalmCentre for similar
11. Alderton Chaise Sofa Bed in Pale Grey – Willow & Hall
12. Abrielle French Style Over Mantle Mirror – La Maison Chic

Et voila! You have just nailed Parisian Apartment Chic!

You can get 5% off at Willow and Hall using the code PINEAPPLE until 15th of October.

This post is in collaboration with Willow & Hall.


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2 comments

  1. Completely agree with the architectural features. If you don't have any, go crazy! Those high ceilings though �� Thanks for the tips.

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  2. I adore this look SO MUCH although I don't know that I'd ever be able to go totally neutral throughout my whole home - I just love colour that bit too much. But I do love the 'bones' of this look. The parquet flooring and architectural features with a few contemporary contrasts is something I definitely want to play with in future design schemes ;) x

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