Easy French Flair for Your Home With DIY Wall Panels

The French have a knack for transforming the mediocre into chic and this talent applies whether it is a room, a piece of clothing, or a wine. Want to recreate this design flair in your home? All you have to do is pay attention to the colour palettes, fabrics, textures and design elements utilised in French interior design.

You can create your own classic French Romantic elegance or natural French country-inspired comfort in your home.  DIY wall panels are an easy way to get started on your French-inspired home makeover. All it takes is some imagination, elbow grease and a free weekend or two.

Here are a few tips, hints and ideas to spark your creative DIY home décor streak:

  • Invoke the warmth and opulence of the French Romantic era using a dark wall panel, like this Wenge coloured panel.  Use it for a feature wall by covering one of the walls entirely in this easy-to-install, hassle-free paneling. Soften the effect by painting the remainder of the walls a light shade – think a pastel eggshell blue.
  • Create a focal point on your feature wall, by collecting a variation of oversized, ornate picture frames – you can fill these with photos or just use the frame borders once you’ve removed the glass and inner. These will look stunning painted black or white, or a mixture of both. These touches of monochrome colour will perfectly balance the wooden textures of the wall and furniture.
  • Compliment the warmth of the wall paneling using chunky wooden furniture that you’ve given a rustic feel with some whitewash. If you’re feeling adventurous with colour, adding some red and darker shades of blue into your room’s colour scheme is a quick and easy way to subtly invoke the French flag into your décor.
  • Think understated elegance and special touches. For a smaller room, you’ll want to keep the wall treatments lighter. This white wash wall panel is perfect if you’re looking to bring French-inspired flair into your décor theme. Pair it with a bold damask pattern – from the fabric you choose for your curtains, to cushion covers, or you could even stencil it directly onto the wall – for an understated dash of French flair. Add contrast with a stripe. You can bring the stripes in by using a rug or a throw – pick one that has a silvery undertone to add a special touch.
  • Accessorise with chunky earthenware vases or vintage milk urns. Ornate candelabra and soft lace tableclothes. Textures that will also work well here: cane furniture. Cane is making a huge comeback in our homes these days, and it’s easy to French it up!
  • Come home to rustic, peaceful French-inspired country décor. Liven up your walls with this oak wall panel. It will look magnificent when paired with stripped-down-to-the-grain wooden furniture. Bring the country indoors with floral fabric prints – think bold, oversized roses. Keep the colour palette neutral with whites and beiges, with pink, gold and dusky red accents. Add lots of indoor plants for greenery (especially herbs like lavender) and vases of fresh-cut flowers. Accessorise with wicker baskets and gorgeous retro teapots. A woven grass rug, plump scatter cushions and gorgeous white ceramics are even more ways to bring country contrasting textures into your design.
  • Using wall panels is an easy way to bring French flair into your home. They’re easy to install and don’t require the services of a handyman. When it comes to extending the French flair throughout your décor, it’s easy to do – bring in pieces that are richly ornate, create juxtapositions in textures and bring in some elements that are flashy and glamourous. Keep your palette simple and use special touches to give each room a unique character that speaks for itself.

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