Introduce Some French Design With Tile
Throughout my travels in France, I noticed a number of things. For instance, the French don’t like when you try to open a conversation in English. Apparently that’s insulting.
Also, you can buy a good bottle of wine in a grocery store for 3 euro. Wish I would have figured that out much earlier in my trip, but there you have it.
More on topic, there were two major design themes that I couldn’t help but notice virtually everywhere that I went.
First of all, the French really like to design with mirror. In my personal opinion, I believe this really began under the reign of Louis XIV during which the Hall of Mirrors was erected and set as the primary location for many of the Sun King’s famous parties. I saw a number of instances where mirror was used as wall paneling in a whole bathroom or as a decorative accent in a shower.
The other thing I couldn’t help but notice is that the French tend to put a much greater emphasis on architectural elements, such as elaborate crown molding, ceiling finishes, wainscoting, and most importantly: flooring.
There were not many places I visited that didn’t have some sort of elaborate flooring. Even the cheapest hostel I stayed at, in the French riviera, featured a stone floor design where each 12″x12″ stone tile was bordered by a 4″ strip of wood.
So, as such, I have collected a few different ideas for ways to install tile flooring to bring that French flavor into your own home.
A great example of a bathroom utilizing both elements of French design: both an elaborate flooring (by Sicis Italian glass…stunning!) and extra mirror detail. This bathroom is given a contemporary twist with the pattern chosen for the floor and opting for lucite sconces instead of crystal.
If you don’t want to commit to something as permanent as a floor, there are many smaller ways to introduce French elements into your design. The fastest way is to introduce a chandelier to your room. You absolutely do not need a huge crystal chandelier to get the look; a smaller fixture will suffice. If you want your style to be French-modern, try spray painting the fixture in black to make more of a statement piece.
Another thing to keep in mind is layering textures. It is not uncommon to see layers of delicious texture in French design…fur, silk, velvet, etc. all mixed together. The easiest (and least expensive) way to incorporate texture is through the use of throw pillows, so don’t hold back! Throw pillows do NOT have to match, they simply have to coordinate with the room as a whole. And the best part: they’re easy to switch out when you want to change up your look.
If you’d like help injecting your next project with some French flair, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com for a free consultation!