Say ‘Oui’ To Layered Interiors With Modern Cottage-Meets-Parisian Style

Say ‘Oui’ To Layered Interiors With Modern Cottage-Meets-Parisian Style


by Bea Taylor

The French are known for ‘effortless’ interiors that balance sophistication with a calming, lived-in look.

In Paris this rings particularly true. Interior design in the city of light has a casual elegance, often peppered with art and vintage finds.

Modern cottage-meets-Parisian style takes this much admired aesthetic and amps up the cosiness with eclectic, layered interiors.

Most notably, when it comes to mixing texture, there’s no holding back. This means pairing a key furniture item, like a plush linen sofa, with pieces that have contrasting texture; such as a sheepskin armchair; a timber coffee table; a sharp metal lamp; and a woven rattan pendant lamp. And don’t forget textured rugs underfoot too.

Patterns and colours can — and should — clash. In the moodboard above we’ve paired a graphic checkered rug with a more traditional design, and for colours, think opposite sides of the colour wheel, such as brown and teal or mustard and blue.

Turn off the overheads, as lighting should be soft and come from multiple sources; table lamps, floor lamps, pendants and sconces. Paper shades are the perfect choice here.

Finally, finish the look off with plenty of art and objects that tick the boxes for all of the above too (colour, pattern and texture), we’ve chosen a small amber jug by Hay, House Editions Petal plate from Craft Victoria, Miro cushion by Citta and a beautiful artwork by Sally Anderson.

And, if you can gradually add in vintage scores alongside contemporary picks, even better!

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Curtains are flat sheets from In Bed. Bead artwork by Camille Laddawan. Outdoor chairs from Ikea. Akari lamps. Wooden chest from The Mill Castlemaine markets. Rug from Etsy. Rattan chair and dining table bought from Facebook Marketplace. Vintage chairs from Nord Modern. Pendant light from Coco Flip. Custom banquette cushions created using Clark Rubber’s made-to-order cushion service and upholstered with Warwick Fabrics. Cushion from Citta Design. Coffee table from Kabinett in Kyneton. Photo – Eve Wilson

Artworks from left: woven dilly bag by Maningrida Arts & Culture; painting by Martin Tighe from his Picnic at Hanging Rock series; bead artwork by Camille Laddawan. Akari lamps. Rattan chair from Facebook Marketplace. Rug from Etsy. Fluffy white hide from Ikea. Wooden chest from The Mill Castlemaine markets. Coffee table from Kabinett in Kyneton. Photo – Eve Wilson

From left: Atollo lamp. Green face vase from Waverley Bazaar. Bust sculpture from Facebook Marketplace. Collection of bugs in resin from Facebook Marketplace. Coffee table from Alke. Floor lamp by Noguchi. Leather lounger from Curated Spaces. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

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