Typical transitional settings incorporate many different elements of design. One European country in particular, France, is known for its unique architecture and timeless decor. In the past, French manors, known as lanternes, once spotted the country’s more rural areas with charming, old-fashioned designs and influences from the ancient dynasties of China.
Parisian style often features ubiquitous fabric and wallpaper patterns — known as Toile de Jouy — depicting popular pastoral and figural scenes of rural farms and whimsical forests. The intricate designs were made possible in the 1700s through the introduction of copper-plate printing technology. To this day, the fabric’s fine lines and intricate designs make it a popular choice among homeowners.
The flamboyant, Rococo style became a serious trend during the reign of Louis XV, and it’s easily recognizable. Furniture made in this style places emphasis on one characteristic in particular — curves. In the past, highly skilled furniture makers spent countless hours carefully shaping wood into forms that are still coveted today.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, citizens of France loved to display their wealth in the form of precious metals, namely silver. As a result, quality silverware, chandeliers and candalabras are a must for this type of decor. Additionally, luxurious silk and other fine-woven textiles are common in French decor. Damask, a fashionable pattern that originated in Islamic and Byzantine culture, is commonly stenciled on walls in French-style homes.
Our designers at Gabby love to play with elements of French style in our designs. Below, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite pieces we think would effortless blend in with any transitional space.
For a strikingly dramatic effect, our Jenkins Side Table is the perfect marriage of old and new. The comely metal base is finished with antique rubbed gold, and we chose a dark cerejeira for the tabletop. Enjoy this piece as a pair or as a standalone addition in a fabulous French-style home.
To add ambiance and inspire conversation, hang our Mia Chandelier over a rustic French kitchen or dining room table. No matter where you intend to use this lovely chandelier, it’s sure to enhance any French-inspired space.
Transform any room into a French oasis with our customizable Marshall Curved Tufted Bench. A fail-proof way to add a Parisian spark to the home, this vintage-inspired bench is ideal for any entryway or seating area. The subtle curve of the bottom, accentuated by exquisite nail-head trim, enhances the piece’s old-world elegance.
To see more of Gabby’s transitional furnishings, lighting and decorative accessories that’ll bring Parisian style into any abode, please feel free to visit our website or browse through our online catalog.