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How to Create a Parisian Inspired Bedroom

What is it that they say, Paris is always a good idea? Well, the French are very good with style and when it comes to interiors they have classy and elegance mastered to a T. So how do they always get it so right? And how can we master that effortless Parisian style just like them? Whatever French style look you are going for take a look below at our styling secrets on how to create your Parisian inspired bedroom.

Neutral colour palette

You need an uncomplicated colour palette for this style of bedroom as it will balance out your space and make it look fresh. You should put together colours that will complement each other so that they work well together and don’t clash. Whites, light greys and beige are you go to colours as they create that calm atmosphere that you want.

Photo by Liquid Design & Architecture Inc.

Farrow & Ball have got a great out article introducing you to neutral colours.

Antique furniture

The French have a huge appreciation for all things antique. Get yourself an antique mirror with signs of age on it, a book case or wardrobe with scuffs, scratches and bits of missing paint can bring a sense of history to a room. Grab yourself a vintage desk covered with coffee stains and water rings adding that bit of character to your bedroom.

Photo by Pursley Dixon Architecture

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Go for gold

Glamour, a major function when it comes to Parisian interiors and adding that touch of gold is often the icing on the cake. Get yourself a gold frame and hang it above your bed or a gold framed mirror propped up against the wall. To finish it off, get yourself a bed side table and paint the legs a gold colour to match. Remember to go for an antique gold though, nothing too bright and shiny.

Photo by Tucker & Marks


A bouquet of flowers is the perfect accessory for a Parisian room but don’t go too over the top with your arrangements and don’t go crazy with the colour mixture. Stock up on single stems like roses or hydrangea for the perfect choice of flower.

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Drapes / Pillows / Bedding

No Parisian inspired bedroom is complete without luscious curtains and bedding. Silk is usually the material of choice but linen will be just as beautiful and elegant. Try and find material with pleat detailing and if you are dying for some bold colour in your bedroom then this is the place to do it.

Photo by Miller Parisian Workroom

Take a look at Pinterest for some great Paris bedding ideas.With everything from beautiful antiques to rich textiles and lots of global interest, you can create your Parisian style bedroom with no problems.

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Minimalist Interior Design Using White, Wood And Black With Green Plant Accents: 2 Gorgeous Examples

The minimalist aesthetic goes by the guideline of “less is more.” Minimalism is a great way to reduce clutter and keep a home feeling open, clean, and modern. But there are many different ways to embrace the minimalist style, and it doesn’t have to mean eschewing everything that doesn’t have a very specific purpose. As you will see in these two homes, plants are one decorative element that can work very well within the minimalist framework. Plants not only lend subtle color to an otherwise neutral space, they can help to clean the air and actually make a home healthier. Take a look inside these two beautiful homes and see how greenery might work for a space in your house.

Visualizer: Now Design  

The first home we get to see is an apartment in Moscow that uses indoor house plants throughout the main living space. Immediately, we are treated to a Giant White Bird of Paradise looming over the large, cozy sofa.

That Bird of Paradise acts as a stunning focal point in the open living area, drawing attention from dining, kitchen, and living spaces.

But not all plants need to be quite so large as the one. A subtle hose plan nestled next to the television works, as well. And the main entryway does its part in the minimalist style with shoe storage and wall hooks.

In the dining area, which spills into the kitchen, Scandinavian style chairs — specifically the Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair — add a modern style. Above the dining table, hanging planters carry through the green motif.

We know that black kitchens are a trendy choice and a major departure from the more common white or brightly colored designs, but the results here are very subtle and sleek nonetheless.

The minimalist aesthetic demands usefulness, and while the decorative vases on the dining table are not currently in use, they can certainly serve a purpose. The same goes for the modern matching teapot.

In most modern homes, a work space is a necessity. This stylish ergonomic chair makes the idea of working at home that much more palatable.

The white, minimalist desk takes its inspiration from a drafting table while the unique overhead light fixture brings a bit of artistry into the room.

The bedroom in this home is ethereal and romantic, from its molded headboard accent to it unique bedside lamps, which are available on Amazon.

The muted gray, white, and natural wood palette is especially soothing in the bedroom context.

The sparkling lights that hover over the bed, in addition to those bedside lamps, are quite lovely.

We can also get a peek of the simple, clean vanity area.

A white marble and wood bathroom is a natural addition to this master bedroom.

And plants have their place in this private space, as well with a living wall making a particularly eye-catching addition.

The children’s room strays a bit from the idea of minimalism with the kids’ beds plenty decorated and whimsical sheep lights hanging overhead.

The pretty colors and fun details are hallmarks of successful kid’s decor.

Architect: Sergey Makhno Architects  
Visualizer: Julia Siriak  

The second home is a 2 story penthouse apartment located in Kiev. The main living area features quite a few notable accessories, including unique floor lamps.

But despite those accents, the public space of this home really lets plants take center stage.

A wall of tropical-inspired foliage as well as large plants dotted throughout the interior make for an otherworldly feeling in the living room.

The plants work well as accents because so many of the other pieces in the space are sleek and neutral.

The plant wall starts to encroach on the sofa, nearly transporting visitors to the jungle from the living room.

The unique coffee tables that nest into one another are a simple, elegant white marble.

Even in minimalist spaces, shelving is necessary for all those interior design books.

The dining room pendant lights in this home are particularly notable for their dip-dyed aesthetic.

The lights pair well with the simple, black modern dining chairs.

Moving into the kitchen, kitchen bar stools and a simple kitchen light make for an ideal place for a morning cup of coffee and a quick bite.

The white marble countertop is staged with a decorative silver pitcher and complementary fruit bowl.

In addition to tropical foliage, indoor herb planters are another way to add greenery to the minimalist style.

For more inspiration from similar kitchen spaces, check out our post on marble kitchens.

The way that oversized plants flank the windows in this penthouse is particularly luxurious.

While a modern staircase takes you quickly to the second floor.

In the master bedroom, foliage (mostly) moves aside for comforting yet stylish furniture and a well-organized closet.

A single plant in the corner is enough color to unite this room’s decor with the rest of the home.

The unique bedroom pendant light is a brushed steel design that meshes well with the modern aesthetic.

The Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola makes for an ideal comfortable reading chair near the bedroom window.

A black marble and wood contrast in the bathroom is almost futuristic.

Green accent walls bring in the idea of plant life without the plants themselves.

The kids rooms are a bit more upbeat and messy, as kids tend to be.

A pink flamingo motif is particularly playful.

Finally, a slate gray and white bathroom aligns perfectly with the minimalist design of this home.

If you like using plants as accents do check out: Designer Transforms Space With Indoor Plants

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Functional London Apartment Opens to Landscaped Rear Garden

EMR Home Design completed the renovation of a modern ground floor apartment in London, in the United Kingdom. The renovation involved a contemporary rear extension alongside full internal refurbishment.

“Recently completed in early 2017, the property boasts an open plan, light and spacious kitchen and living room with floor to ceiling sliding doors onto a newly designed landscaped rear garden,” the designers explained. The aesthetic value is enhaced by its location in a charming brick building.

This London flat is highly functional thanks to innovative storage systems and quality finishes. One of the walls in the living area is entirely covered by a shelving unit for the owners to display their precious artifacts. In the kitchen, a series of cabinets hide clutter from sight. Stairways lead the way to the more private spaces on the upper floor.

The color palette and furnishings were kept simple, as if the designers wanted to redirect attention toward the windows and the beautiful rear garden. The white en-suite bedroom features a small working area, tucked away from any potential noise. Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know what you think! Photography by David Butler.


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Cool Product Alert: Unique Branch Shaped Toilet Brush & Holder

Toilet brushes are usually those unsightly things that we prefer to hide in some corner, but here is a fancy design that might make you change your mind.



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The Importance of Sight Lines in Interior Design (They’re More Important Than You Think)

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Sight lines are key.

Sight lines are a key principle of interior design. Image: CL Interiors

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Often, when interior design fundamentals are discussed, you hear about concepts like balance and contrast. While these principles are vital to a successful design, we think there’s one other subject that doesn’t get enough credit — and that’s sight lines. They may not be the most popular topic, but we’d argue they are what ultimately helps set truly stunning designs apart from the crowd.

If you’re wondering what exactly sight lines are, keep reading. We’re going to go over what this term means, why it matters and how to use it the right way. By the end of this post, you’ll have a whole new perspective on how you view the rooms in your home.

Account for sight lines.

Every design needs to take sight lines into account. Image: Emerick Architects

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What are sight lines?

On the surface, the concept of sight lines sounds pretty self-explanatory. Put simply, it’s a way of talking about perspective in interior design. Experts use the term to detail what can be seen from any given point in the room and to describe their efforts to create spaces that are as visually appealing as possible.

For example, think of the last time you stood in a space with a breathtaking view. It probably felt as though your eyes went immediately to the windows without stopping to take in the rest of the room first. That effect was intentional. The entire design was likely constructed to give you the ideal visual experience: a straight-on, unobstructed sight line.

However, an eye-catching setting isn’t the only reason to pay attention to this design principle. Choppy, obscured views in our interiors often feel unsettling to us, even if we can’t put a finger on why. In contrast, rooms with clear sight lines are calming and we’re more likely to find them aesthetically pleasing.

Consider the doorway.

The doorway offers your first view of a room. Image: JLB Property Developments

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They make the first impression

The first view you get of any room is the one from the doorway. For many of us, that initial glimpse is enough to form an opinion on the space. In fact, a study by the Association for Psychological Science found that it only takes us a fraction of a second to form our initial judgments on any given subject. With that in mind, it’s incredibly important to make a room’s first impression count.

The natural place to start is to stand in your own doorway. Give yourself a few seconds to take in the space, paying special attention to where your eyes land naturally. The spot where your eyes rest should become your focal point.

Once you decide on what your focal point will be — whether it ends up being a piece of wall art or some furniture — the next step is making sure your sight line to that item stays clear. Refrain from adding design elements that might obstruct someone’s ability to see the focal point in full.

Think about flow.

Good sight lines are important for moving about the room. Image: Forsite Studio

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They play a role in flow

Sight lines don’t stop at the door. They play a huge role in helping us determine how to move around a room and how to navigate throughout an entire home. A clear sight line often makes rooms seem as though they flow well together, so take this principle into account as you work on your home’s layout.

The secret to a successful sight line is making it seem as long as possible. For those with closed-off floor plans, this means doing your best to create an unencumbered view from one room into the next. Focus on choosing low-backed furniture that is easy to see over and be wary of any items — like tall plants or hanging light fixtures — that may get in the way.

Where open floor plans are concerned, this concept is even more vital. The key to pulling each of your distinct functional areas together is having one, unified line of sight. Lay out the space in a way that allows for several walkways to travel the full length of the room.

Pay attention to all angles.

Sight lines have an impact from everywhere in the room. Image: Niche Interiors

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They have an impact from all angles

Though it may seem like overkill, there’s one small detail that sets magazine-cover-worthy rooms apart from the rest. It’s how well they take sight lines into consideration, not just from a few select spots, but from all angles.

Take the picture above. The mantle is the focal point and the room’s seating area is centered around that spot, leaving the rest of the space open. No matter where you position yourself in that space, you’ll either have a clear view of the mantle itself or, presumably, the back wall of the next room.

This is truly where negative space matters. Do your best to create similar formations in your designs. Highlight the room’s functional pieces by anchoring them around the focal point and forget about unnecessary additions. Just remember to choose pieces that also add a lot of visual interest to keep the room from feeling too boring.

Continue sight lines between rooms.

Sight lines can follow through from room to room. Image: Andrea Swan – Swan Architecture

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Out of all of interior design’s fundamental principles, sight lines don’t usually get that much attention. However, we’d argue that mastering this concept can truly make your design successful. Use this as your guide for how to create sight lines. With the help of these tips, you may just find you’ve gained a whole new outlook on your interiors.

How do you feel about sight lines? Do you think they make that much of a difference? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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