French culture has marked the world in many ways. Thanks to the people of modern day Gaul, we enjoy hundreds of wonderful French vintages, cheer important events with bubbling champagne, have incorporated French words into the English language, and can decorate the home with lovely French-themed decor. We also celebrate Mardi Gras, the parades and parties being held on a much larger scale in Louisiana, Saint Louis, and Montreal.
Although we can celebrate “Fat Tuesday” by decorating with French-themed lamps, using exquisite antique replica furniture, and serving King Cake, we can also celebrate French culture all year long with a variety of beautiful, high quality French decor. There are several types of French-themed decor but most exhibit a distinct, high quality, artistic appearance that demonstrates an appreciation for elegance, class, and the good things in life. For this reason, such decor works just as well in a home as it does in an office, and such items are also an excellent addition to restaurants, hotels, and other places of business.
Try these suggestions to showcase the elegance and beauty of French decor throughout the year:
French accents: These are many small or medium sized items that pay homage to French culture. They can take the form of lovely items like The Eiffel Tower 1892 Reproduction Telephone and other decor associated with the late 19th century, exquisite candlesticks, beautiful mirrors, or elegant pieces like the Salon Michele Art Nouveau Vase. Such beautiful works of art work well when shown with other fine accents, when used as centerpiece items on the dining table, or when sharing a room with Victorian decor. In a place of business, display high quality French accents in prominent spots to make an impression.
Furniture: Antique French furniture is renowned for its fine blend of art and function. Accordingly, authentic French antique furniture items cost thousands of dollars. Given their value and age, such pieces aren’t meant to be used any longer aside from acting as valued additions to a fine collection of antiques. Fortunately, dozens of high quality antique replicas are available that are just as beautiful, and these much newer furniture items are also meant to be put to use. These include absolutely lovely sofas like the Mademoiselle Moreau’s French Salon Settee, and the stunning Madame Claudine’s Mahogany Chaise Lounge.
French chairs also lend a touch of class to any home and can be used as a storied, comfortable place to sit while reading a favorite novel or when entertaining guests. Handsome chairs like the Brussels Library Bergére Chair are ideal for this purpose whereas luxurious seats like the St. Gabriel Neoclassical Armchair lend a fine, royal look to any room.
French wall art: Whether sharing room space with fine French furniture, or decorating a wall on its own, French inspired wall decor is an excellent means of lending a beautiful French touch to the room. Framed prints of the Eiffel Tower work well in just about any situation and look even better when accompanied by lovely tapestries of vintage French advertising. We can also decorate with exquisite wall mirrors, and classy sculptural wall friezes.
French statues: French sculptures show the same sense of detailed, exquisite beauty as other aspects of French decor. Small, bonded resign statues act as a lovely accent and addition to an office or living room, and we can also decorate with more colorful sculptures like the “Summer” Art Nouveau Maiden Statue. Out in the garden, we can do the same with the mysterious French Pleurant, and the magnificent Versailles Cherub Urn.
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