by Giorgina Devereaux
You don’t have to live in Paris to
experience the splendor of Paris decor.
Having decorations from the most famous city in France in your home brings to mind a city that is rich in history,
culture, and beauty.
Those that visit leave yearning for more.
associate Paris with the
Shabby Chic style, the focus will be on other
types of decor that celebrate the allure of this great city.
before proceeding to the various types of Paris decor available, we will cover
some tidbits on Paris.
Paris is the capital of France and is
situated on the river Seine, in northern France.
Today, Paris is one of the
world’s leading business and cultural centers and its influence in politics,
education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts contribute to its status
as one of the world’s major global cities.
It is one of the most popular tourist
destinations in the world, with 45 million tourists visiting the Paris region
There are an abundance of iconic landmarks, along with world famous
institutions and popular parks to visit.
Towering, graceful, and majestic
describe many of the monuments in Paris, which include the architectural
marvels, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame
Paris Decor Emblems
Fleur de Lis
Upon seeing the fleur de lis symbol,
some immediately link it to France.
Early records reveal that the fleur de lis
was the flower of Hera (the Greek moon goddess) and was the symbol of purity
which was readily adopted by the church to associate the Virgin Mary’s sanctity
with events of special significance.
When Pope Leo III in AD 800 crowned Charlemagne as Emperor, he was reported to
have presented him with a blue banner covered with golden fleur de lis.
French kings long used the fleur de lis as an emblem of their sovereignty. The
seal of Philip I of AD 1060 illustrates him sitting on his throne holding a
short staff that terminates in a fleur de lis. The same staff appears in the
great seal of Louis VII whose signet ring was charged with a single fleur de lis.
The seals of Philip II and Louis VIII show them seated, holding in one hand a
flower and in the other a sceptre which is mounted on a heraldic fleur de lis
within a lozenge.
The use of bees for symbols was
started by the ancient Egyptians and utilized as royal designations until the
rule of the Roman emperors. With the passage of time, bee designs became famous
and came to symbolize the empire itself until its collapse.
The bee was chosen as a way of linking the new dynasty to the very origins of
France. In 1653, golden bees (in fact, cicadas) were discovered in Tournai
inside the tomb of Childeric I, founder in 457 of the Merovingian dynasty and
father of Clovis. Bees were considered the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of
Napoleon Bonaparte also selected the bee as his personal emblem and used it on
his flags, furniture, and tableware.
As a finishing touch, somewhere on every
French warehouse custom-made bed, you will discover a little brass bee.
The crown evolved as a heraldic motif
and is widely used in Paris decor.
It is a symbol of refined elegance and the
crown decor varies from simple designs to having more elaborate jeweled
Paris Decor Accessories
Paris Decor Accessories include
Holders (featuring the Eiffel Tower)
(Fleur de Lis)
Lis Corner Brackets
Needlepoint & Jacquard Woven Pillows
Wallpaper (featuring Fleur de Lis)
Art: There are
many different types of art pieces to choose from that will fit in perfectly
with the Paris décor theme.
You may select from canvas, giclee prints, or
You may wish to consider displaying art that features the
Bookends: Bookends are
another way to spruce up a lonely bookshelf while adding a tremendous amount of
You may find bookends that feature the Notre Dame of Paris or the
They are sculpted to perfection and look quite authentic.
Candle Holders: There is
something romantic about candles set on holders that have architectural
For an enchanted evening that breathes Paris, consider adding lovely
tapers to Eiffel Tower candle holders.
Clocks are not only functional, but are offered in decorative themes, such as
You may find clocks that feature the Eiffel Tower, French wine and
grapes, and a French café theme.
It will make an amazing accent for your Paris
Crowns are available in white
or in gold colors. You can find crowns that are plain with a distressed look
while others elegantly display multi-colored faux jewels.
It looks very
majestic displayed on top of a table or mantel.
A fantastic way to
decorate your ceiling fan is by adding a fan pull.
You may find fan pulls that
feature a fleur de lis in an antique brass finish.
Small details such as these
make a lovely finishing accent.
Fleur de Lis Corner Brackets: Corner brackets that feature a fleur de lis
are perfect for bare corners of a door or window frame.
This is available with
a scrolled design, along with a classic fleur de lis and acanthus leaf design.
It easily attaches inside the molding for an elegant look.
The black iron with
bronze undertones is a spectacular color combination giving it an antique feel.
Fleur de Lis Finials: Finials
adorned with fleur de lis makes a sophisticated accent, especially in pairs
flanking an interior door or the fireplace hearth.
The antiqued finish adds
elegance to the finials.
Magnet Board: A magnet board
is fabulous for hanging reminder notes, invitations, and other important pieces
Magnet boards feature the following
The magnet boards measure 10” x 14”
and it comes with a ribbon for hanging, along with magnets.
Needlepoint pillows are available that feature rooster and fleurs,
along with fringes.
The needlepoint has a delicate appearance to it and looks
elegant displayed on a sofa, loveseat, or sitting chair.
Other decorative pillows feature French designs, such as a Paris
postcard, stamps of the Pantheon, Arc of Triumph, Notre Dame, and “RF” rubber
stamp (“RF” stands for “République Française”).
These pillows will make fabulous accent pieces for your Paris decor.
Sconces: There is something
alluring about sconces. Sconces cast a warm accent light in a dimly lit foyer
or hallway, which adds a lovely glow.
You may find sconces that feature a fleur
This lighting is reminiscent of those found in a European villa because
the fleur de lis motif is accentuated with a rustic brown iron finish and it has
a candle base.
Sculptures: A metal wall
sculpture featuring Paris and the Eiffel Tower will make a sophisticated
It is hand-crafted of formed, cast, and welded metals in a deep
ebony finish. The curvy scrollwork resembles a traditional Parisian design and
will look lovely anywhere.
Another sculpture that is offered is
designed in a delightful Harlequin pattern and hand-painted in antique tones.
The letter “A” in Paris is in the form of the Eiffel Tower, which definitely
adds to the French flair. This is sure to grace any table and charm guests.
Signs: Hang a decorative sign
that features a French quote for that Paris appeal.
Signs feature the following quotes:
Vie! (That’s Life!)
de Fleurs (French Garden)
Vivre (Joy of Life)
Vie (The Good Life)
Maisonnette (The Cottage)
Bien, Riez Souvent, Aimez Beaucoup (Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much)
You may also find a sign that can be
hung on a bathroom door, such as “Salle de Bain.”
Other signs available are French
advertising art replica tin signs. One in particular is “Tournee du Chat Noir”
by Theophile Steinlen. These have a nostalgic feel to them and look striking.
Stained Glass Window: A stained glass window echoes beauty, style, and
will shimmer with the warm hues of the sunset.
The stylized fleur de lis cross
design adorned with lily petals at the arm ends is encased in an egg and dart
border that gives it a traditional look.
The glass is hand cut, copper foiled,
and individually soldered.
The scroll bracket and chain are for hanging.
Switch Plates: Switch plates
deliver style to your home. Some feature a fleur de lis design in solid brass
while others feature the Eiffel Tower and a Paris postcard. This is certain to
add panache to any room.
Tapestries: A tapestry looks
beautiful displayed because it boasts texture and depth of color.
are exquisitely punctuated and the tapestry is richly hand-woven of, for
instance, cotton with a chenille overlay on a quality jacquard loom. Some
tapestries feature still life of wine and fruit while others depict Paris street
These picturesque tapestries are sure
to complement other Paris décor.
Wall Medallion: A wall medallion featuring an urn with flowers is true
to the French style. It has overlays of rich colors with faux gilding in the
time honored art of trompe l’oeil.
Wall Plaques: Plaques make
fantastic wall accents. You may hang several as a dramatic gallery.
Wall plaques feature the following
It will definitely turn a bare wall
into a stunning sight.
Wallpaper featuring a fleur de lis motif brings to life this sovereign emblem.
The quality is evident in the detail and colors.
The wallpaper is available in
a khaki, wine, or light brown color with the fleur de lis in a gold or black
A charming and nostalgic
way to incorporate beloved vintages of the past is to display a wine barrel wall
This barrel is complete with staves, hoops, and a spigot. It is
made of resin and hand-painted to replicate the look of oak, iron, and brass.
As you can see, there is a wonderful assortment of Paris decor that awaits you.
Relive the magic and splendor of Paris time and time again by welcoming this
decor into your home. The sophistication and beauty is sure to last a lifetime.
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