Parisian industrial decor skews towards black and white, using the contrast to establish a striking modern look and smudgy gray mid tones to evoke the grungier, urban aspect of the style.
(PRWEB) May 01, 2014
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Reclaimed industrial home decor is one of the hottest design trends this year, and with it has come a fresh new twist that combines an industrial look with a more classic French country style. This Parisian industrial look combines the grittiness of reclaimed industrial spaces with just a touch of the sophistication and glamour of a French inspired design. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to using found artwork and objects to help bring this style together.
Hand written letters or other papers with cursive writing on them, especially old ones, ones done in beautiful calligraphy, or ones written in French have a lovely, elegant quality that particularly emerges when they’re framed and put on display. Papers with stamps (ink or postage), jotted notes, or embossed seals in particular have a nice sense of history to them. Hand written sheet music, scientific drawings, artist’s sketches, or pages from old books (particularly ones with etched images, like an encyclopedia) are other good choices, and work nicely to make a series or collage.
Antique photos work well for this, too. Not only are the images in the photos pleasantly curious (old clothes, odd staging or settings), but often they’re interesting as objects as well – well worn, written on, creased, aged, or even slightly damaged. Any very old photo will do – as with the printed and handwritten pages, it’s really the untold story behind the objects that makes them so appealing. Old portraits tend to be the most interesting, but landscape or architectural pictures work well too.
Similarly, old maps are gorgeous objects that can easily be elevated to “art” status with the simple addition of a frame. Historical maps or maps of foreign cities (especially French ones) work especially well; the more character they have – whether it’s the way the map is drawn or the weathering of the paper the better.
French Road Signs
A great way to play up the “found” aspect is to opt for a more urban sort of art, particularly antique signs. Black and white signs are best, and keep an eye out for ones particularly with a little Parisian flair, like métro station signs, Parisian street signs, or even business or address signs. Plenty of signs in various sizes, shapes, and designs are available out there, both authentic and replicas. Tin street signs in particular will help give the space that pleasant urban edge, while choosing a sign that’s printed in French will give it that slightly more elegant, European flair.
Having a large blackboard is a great way to introduce the high contrast black and white style that’s iconic to a Parisian industrial decor. Plus, hand written chalk notes and doodles also help evoke the cafe culture of Paris, which combines that slightly formal look with a more casual urban feel. Blackboards are actually quite popular right now across all stripes of industrial decor, and with the growing availability of chalkboard paint, they’re easier than ever to add to any room in the home.
Part of what makes a Parisian industrial decor work so well is that it combines a gritty, modern style with just a touch of whimsy. There are many ways to use decor or artwork to “transport” a room to a different setting, but one oddball one is to simply add a small decorative door or window shutter. Even if it doesn’t open or actually lead anywhere, a decorative door with an elegant design promises something more, offering a nice bit of visual intrigue that can really make this style come alive.
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