I’m in Paris this week staying in a very small but very chic Parisian apartment filled with light and plants in the Latin Quarter. I haven’t been back in seven years so it’s nice to be here in the fall running around town with my girlfriends.
Parisian design has mastered the timeless yet contemporary blend between modern and traditional. The Paris apartment has certain elements that give it its iconic look, which are recreated throughout the City of Lights and copied in homes and apartments around the world.
Architectural details such as moldings and tall ceilings with grand chandeliers make Parisian apartments elegant and refined. However, there’s no need to live in Paris to include touches of it in your living, dining, bedroom, or bathroom spaces. The elements are classic and can be used together or sparingly throughout your space.
White painted millwork
Think thin rectangular moldings on walls and filigree on ceilings and corners.
Marble fireplace surround
They can be real or fake, plain or fancy, but always stone.
Often seen in parquet installations and herringbone patterns.
Large gilded mirror
They reflect a lot of light and give off Versailles vibes at the same time.
A grand chandelier
Curved arms, crystals or a modern silhouette, a large focal point chandelier is a must.
From vintage portraits to curated originals, Parisians often have art clustered around their spaces.
For railings, doorknobs, sconces, end tables or vanity bases, brass is a necessary touch.
Add a traditional piece in dark stained wood: a desk, an armoire, a chest of drawers.
Not all Parisians decorate in this style and if you look on rental sites like it Many are contemporary with their furnishings and art installations. If you want to browse a beautiful portfolio of renovated apartments in Paris, don’t miss Apartments Kasha Design Team.
Final note: While researching this post I discovered the same apartment I had already booked on Airbnb at Vogue’s. The ten best Airbnbs in Paris! I agree with that tres chic.