One of our favorite design styles here at MWI is French Modern. The style is so chic and sophisticated and blends modern pieces effortlessly with antique Parisian charm. Juxtaposition is a major must for the French modern style whether you are working in a historic building with original detailing, or a new build made to emulate the elaborate and elegant style.
French Modern Style
Margery has designed a beautiful French Modern space in Potomac, Maryland which shows how this style can be adapted for any residence, not just those in historic Parisian apartments.
The French modern style adopts an eclectic approach to design and it is important that you are using elements from a variety of time periods and styles to truly get the look. Each room is made to showcase the homeowner’s personality through unique finds and bold accents of color, art, and statement accent pieces such as this super fun lollipop sculpture.
Another thing you will almost always find in these interiors is neutral, white walls. The white walls were originally a necessity when designing Parisian spaces because many apartments in France are dark due to a lack of natural light. White walls make the space look lighter and brighter, but it also allows bold artwork and accessories to pop. And our favorite tip here is that the whites show off the architectural detailing so well too.
Incorporating French Modern Influences
We are currently working on a French-influenced home where the clients love the French modern style but are a little more transitional in their tastes and enjoy a more neutral palette. The modern elements like the beautiful goatskin and metal coffee table and gilded chandelier complement the classic antique bergère chairs and ornate marble fireplace. The neutral walls are a great base to hang their extensive art collection. Then pedestals and platforms are added to showcase sculptural pieces.
The dining room is equally beautiful with a stunning sable-stained dining table that grounds the space and a handcrafted chandelier made to look like tree branches. The added blue upholstery creates a moodier look which we love. We designed custom paneled built in on the right to center the niche in the room and added a glamorous mirrored wall detail to emphasize that focal point.
What is your favorite element of French Modern Style? Stay tuned for our future posts on our favorite design styles.
The Margery Wedderburn Interiors Team