There are things that are so definitively French that the very thought of them takes you straight to France. For those of us who love France and the French, it is interesting to pause momentarily and think about these things that define the characteristics of the country and its people. The French are extremely courteous, take life easy, never boast of their wealth or assets and everything stops when it is their lunchtime. They stop everything to relax and enjoy the meal; probably relishing their meals to the core is the secret behind their being slim in spite of indulging in all fattening food.
The other thing they are passionate about is nice homes with elegant, but comfortable interiors. The French design incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. For them, every room in the house is important and the bathroom is no exception. So, if you want to create a French style bathroom interior, here are few tips.
- If you have a flair for natural subtle charm, then French bathroom is the one for you. The key to decorating a French Country bathroom is combining boldness with serenity because that is what this style represents in general. Use sleek and clean elements with minimalistic accessories.
- The keywords for designing French-inspired bathrooms are ‘Subtle Boldness and Serene Elegance’. If you are sophisticated by nature, it is the one for you. Have elements that have a bold but charming presence and refrain from cluttering the space.
- The place should be clean with a breezy ambience, which gels with the personality of the French. If the place is small, you can add a full-length mirror to give it some vastness. Placing the bathtub right next to the mirror gives a unique visual aesthetic to the place.
- The funky colour scheme is a big no-no. Go for creamy colour schemes in soothing shades to celebrate the feel of the country. An uncomplicated colour palette will bring balance to the space with a hint of intrigue.
- You can create a focal point on the shelf by placing some antique jugs and vases, but again care has to be taken to see that it does not take much space. It should be artistically placed and not look too dominating or cluttered.
- With a serene colour scheme, you can mix some rustic accessories to give a unified country feel to the place. Similarly, getting the panelling done in simple, but elegant ways adds magic to the décor.
- The French style is quite decorative yet minimalist at the same time. So, you can add decorative arch frames to the shower, but then keep the wall bare and raw with no fancy tiles on it.
- One of the distinct features in a French style bathroom is the free standing porcelain bathtub with the claw feet. Other important design elements that complete the French bathroom décor are white walls, natural colours like brass and copper and splashes of pastel shades here and there. The colour and decorative palette of French-inspired bathroom are clean, sleek and serene.
- The French love to mix vintage and contemporary styles and don’t really care for homogeneity. So, you can add an 18th-century mirror or a bath tub in an otherwise contemporary setting. The dynamic tension that exists between different periods and styles makes the place vibrating.
The French are synonymous with style and when it comes to interiors, they’ve mastered that classic and contemporary mix to a T. That’s precisely the reason everyone seems to be after the French décor. The question that comes naturally is “How do they always get it so right?” Perhaps, the key to achieving that effortless Parisian style is a little nonchalance.
The French treasure their family heirloom irrespective of them being in a pristine condition or not. They always have space for their treasures in their homes, which makes the space more lived-in than immaculate. So, while designing any space that is inspired by French décor you need to keep this important fact in mind.
French interiors exude a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, which is a flair for the refined – yet it seems an effortless home. So, your aim should be to have that refined classical touch, but at the same time, you should not be complex about quality or provenance. The French spaces are always welcoming, but never precious. They have a classic taste, but with a modern touch and never feel pretentious. So, if you are designing a French style bathroom, you have to think like the French, be confident about your juxtapositions and experiment.