For as far back as we have researched, the French have always had a certain je ne sais quoi. Their sophisticated palettes have remained iconic in fashion, design and overall trend setting. When the LFID team started to explore some of the ways French design is being used in spaces today, the one thing we found in common throughout was the extravagant styling, paired with a glamorous flair.
Photo Credit: Gail Plechaty for Traditional Home
In both the above and below photos of interiors by Gail Plechaty & Suzanne Kasler the white, cream, and pastel blue color palette that was popular in French Rococo design creates a soothing yet luxurious space that really allows those ultra-glamorous chandeliers to stand out and make a statement. Beyond the enchanting chandeliers and the touch of gilt throughout is the amount of intricacies and details in both of these spaces that exude this incredible glam.
The below photo from Prestige Timeless Interiors continues with the lighter color palette that was popular in French Rococo design but darkens it up a bit for some added drama. The gold leaf highlighting the architectural detailing exudes glam while also highlighting the Corinthian column style detail that again incorporates a bit of the Greco-Roman aesthetic that was so popular in French architecture. The velvet and damask on the sofa really complete the look of luxury, glamour, and opulence in this space.
Photo Credit: Prestige Timeless Interiors
The below photo of a foyer by Sawyer Bernson strongly embraces the gilded detailing that really takes French-Inspired Design to the next level in terms of glam.This design also incorporates another popular trend from Classic French Design with the Asian-Inspired statue that reflects a bit of the Chinoisserie style that was widely embraced during the Rococo period. Déjà vu!
Photo Credit: Sawyer Bernson
Much like Sawyer Bernson, Darcy Bonner displays a prominent classic French feature in his design which is the use of an oversized mirror. This adds a layer of glam both in terms of its reflective quality and that it will showcase the space around it. His design would be categorized more in the glamourous, Baroque-inspired direction with the darker, more saturated color palette. The introductions of urns and topiaries are just one more architectural inspired French connection..
Photo Credit: Darcy Bonner
The LFID team has been immersed in French design and details as continued research for our #virginiachateau project as well as several others. Discovering how French design was being used in todays designs was perhaps one of our favorite parts of this process. As you can see from the photos, we found an abundance of this incredibly intricate glamour sprinkled throughout and harmonized with the styling in each space. Join us next week to see where further exploration of today’s use of French design took us in the last of our French inspired series - Modern twists on Classic French Design.
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