Whether you favour a look that's casual and contemporary or prefer the classically chic, there is a way to incorporate a taste of France into your dining room that lasts well beyond a dinner of Coq au Vin and Côtes-du-Rhône wine.
Indeed, dining suites with a distinctly French feel come in all shapes and sizes to suit almost any style. If you're looking to modernise your dining suite, consider these ideas and options that will have you and your guests wishing one another “bon appétit.”
Parisian styling often favours mixing old and new ideas against a neutral backdrop. And there’s nothing more striking than the classic contrast between black and white...
Although, adding an extra element and marrying metallic finishes with the classic combination of black & white promises to elevate the level of sophistication in your dining room. If this three-tone approach appeals to you, consider the Trellis Silver Leaf Dining Table or the Trellis Silver Leaf Extension Dining Table, both of which sport a distinctive interlocking trellis pattern drawn in soft gold on a silver tabletop to add a subtle element of intrigue. Happily, the satin ebony finish and two-toned top allows the Trellis table to pair equally well with the taupe-silver leaf frame and black velvet upholstery of the Marie Dining Chair or the glam gold leaf frame of the Forthside Chair.
Add the ultimate element of stylish sophistication by mounting a mirror over a black buffet. The classic pairing of my Mother of Pearl Mirror and Barnett Stone Top Buffet offer just this, as well as providing ample storage and style in any formal dining room.
Formality and French-inspired design need not go hand in hand; my Dutch Breakfast Dining Table delivers on farmhouse style with a stately carved pedestal base to create a classic French aesthetic, all the while offering space for every guest with a functional extension leaf, ideal for playing host to cosy family breakfasts or an expanded dinner-party list.
Epitomising a classic, casual style, the combination of my French Side Chairs with my Dutch Breakfast Dining Table pairs a fresh linen upholstery and timber frame with the robust silhouette of the extension table. Echoing the palette and patterns of antique table linens, this combination is sure to add the final touch to your eat-in kitchen or breakfast nook’s farmhouse feel.
While the term alfresco is Italian, the practice of dining “in open air” is popular across Europe. Enjoy more warm-weather luncheons or moonlit meals by incorporating versatile pieces into your interior, that are able to transition between dining room and deck.
For larger parties, try the Carter Stainless Steel Dining Table in Graphite. Although not exclusively designed for outdoor use, its minimalist profile makes it easy to move from inside out when you need a piece that provides both ample style and space for an alfresco experience.
For smaller settings, consider the Valence Silver Dining Table - I've never seen such perfection for a stylish sunroom, and smaller proportions allow for ease of movement into open areas when balmy breezes beckon. Only exceeded in appeal when centred on the Sancerre Outdoor Striped Rug, this enviable paring results in the ultimate of classic Parisian style.
Add a few elements like counter stools and layered lighting to make your own kitchen or eat-in dining area feel like a fashionable French bistro; illuminate the breakfast bar or kitchen island with a series of elegant pendant lights and enjoy causal entertaining or on-the-fly meals in efficiency, comfort and exceptional style. Certainly the essence of the 21st century...
Finally, introduce a few distinctive homewares and decor accessories that will leave you eager to whip up a batch of beef Burgundy or open that bottle of Bordeaux. It should only take a few sips before you’re able to imagine yourself at an intimate Paris bistro’s bar...
Cabriole legs provide any furniture piece with an undoubtable sense of style that is both classic and chic, and of course, features no shortage of French flair. Look to my Pompeii Cabriole Occasional Table, displaying this mastered aesthetic to aplomb; the gold-leaf finish offers a definite dose of glamour and complements the cabriole legs all at once.
There's no surpassing the Parisian elegance that a console with gracefully curved cabriole legs provides. If the glitz of gold leaf suits your style, take a look at the Eloise Cabriole Console, conversely, look no further than the cool, clean marble of my Wolseley Marble Top Console, featuring a striking silver cabriole frame and equally slender proportions. The ideal dining room addition for the sophisticated display of crystal glassware...
From formal to casual and dining room to deck, anyone can introduce a piece of Paris at home. Try these design and décor design schemes to give your meals a French flavour, no matter what’s on the menu.
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