The final phase of our design inspiration journey was to really dive in to ways of updating and bringing a modern twist to the glamour of Classic French Design. We started out by taking a look at a different angle of the Darcy Bonner space that concluded last week's post on glamorous updates to Classic French Design.
Photo Credit: Darcy Bonner
The deep, saturated wall color evoking Baroque-era color palettes was offset splendidly by these spectacular, creamy, modern-styled sconces. These sconces stayed true to the French design concept of incredible light fixtures that really make a statement and become a focal point of the room but then they also add that lovely modern twist that we were looking for.
Photo Credit: John Minshaw Designs
The above space by John Minshaw Designs and the below space by Carrier & Company (designed for actress Jessica Chastain) go in a similar direction with the saturated, Baroque-inspired wall colors. John Minshaw chooses to keep the darker color palette confined to a single accent wall while making the remainder of the walls more in line with the Rococo-inspired lightness. Meanwhile, Carrier & Company chose a stunning forest green suede throughout the space.
Both of these designers strike a beautiful balance between the lightness of Rococo and the darkness of Baroque in their furnishing selections. Some lighter upholstery paired with darker woods and a splash of richly saturated velvet & silk here and there makes for a truly spectacular modern take on a French-Inspired living space.
Photo Credit: Carrier & Company
The below foyer by Tara Shaw goes in a different direction altogether from those Baroque-inspired saturated spaces by creating a clean, ivory color palette with subtle dark accents in the wood and iron work. She then incorporates a number of stunning French-Inspired elements in the chandelier and antique statuary while also adding a striking modern contrast with a gorgeous creamy hide rug and an ultra-modern black and white abstract sculpture.
Photo Credit: Tara Shaw for One King's Lane
While Tara Shaw chose to aim for a bold marriage of the contrasting modern and Classic French design elements, designer Daniel C. Cuevas went for a more subtle complimentary pairing of the two styles. Cuevas takes the Rococo-inspired creamy color palette and adds those gorgeous arches & vaulted ceilings that we saw when we were exploring French-inspired architecture a couple weeks ago. He incorporates dark iron framed windows with some more modern furniture styles and floor details. Cuevas polished off the modern twist on French-Inspired Design by adding the series of fabulous statement lanterns that stand out and helps to complete the entire look.
Photo Credit: Daniel C. Cuevas Interior Design
Thank you so much for joining us on our journey through the history of Classic French Design with a modern twist! We learned so much and came across so many stunning spaces during this mission that we just had to share it with our Foxy Faithful. Keep an eye on Instagram to stay up to date on how the #virginiachateau is progressing! It's going to be positively magnifique!
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