Oh, to live in Paris. In a city with historic architecture and cute cafes around every corner, the only thing that could possibly top it all are those effortlessly elegant interiors.
With everything from beautiful antiques to rich textiles and loads of global influences, let these 20 gorgeous rooms in Paris fill your daydreams (and be sure to follow these French interior design rules for chic style every day).
An adventurous Californian's dream pied-à-terre on the Seine contains a spirited mix of Parisian élan, exuberant color, and audacious whimsy. The master bedroom’s sitting area has a view of the Panthéon; the 17th-century French desk is from Galerie Sylvain Lévy-Alban, the 18th-century chairs are in a Travers fabric, the curtains are in a fabric, the carpet is from , and the gilded-bronze Pinocchio sculpture is by Hubert Le Gall.
In his Paris apartment, designer gives free rein to his love of Asian furniture, artifacts, and handicrafts, without shortchanging classic French style. The circa-1910 dining table is English, the Louis XV–style linen-covered chairs are trimmed with ribbon by Houlès with a Jim Thompson silk on the backs, the marble fireplace is original to the apartment, and the painting dates from the late 17th or early 18th century.
In the library of a socialite's Paris apartment, the sofa is upholstered in a cotton damask, the armchair is covered in a silk velvet and the slipper chair is based on a ; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV and the 19th century rug is Persian.
In the living room of a Middle Eastern princess' apartment, which was designed by , a sofa by Collection Pierre is upholstered in a fabric trimmed with ribbons by ; lamps by flank a glass wall sculpture by Christophe Gaignon, the cocktail tables are custom designs, and the walls are painted in 's Eucalyptus.
For his second home in the City of Light, fashion star Andrew Gn devised a soothing retreat to express his passion for collecting. A set of chairs by Carlo di Carli surrounds a dining table by Gio Ponti, a painting by Jonathan Saiz hangs above a 1950s rosewood console by Ico Parisi, and the lamp is by Les Dalo; the walls are painted in a pale gray by .
For a client's classic Parisian apartment, designer balances urban sophistication with 18th-century decor. The living room’s custom sofa is in a damask, the pillows are in velvets and an African wax print fabric, the Directoire armchair is covered in a canvas, and the gilded console is Louis XVI; the Gaetano Sciolari chandelier is from the 1960s and the Moroccan rug and painted-steel wall sculpture are all custom.
This modern dining area sits in a historic Parisian apartment that was gutted and renovated to the owner's liking. The Eros marble dining table is by Angelo Mangiarotti, and the Seagull chairs and light fixture are by Arne Jacobsen.
This dreamy French living room of designer Jean-Louis Deniot's Paris apartment evokes the outdoors with its sky-inspired walls and ceiling. The living room's Cubist lamp is from the 1930s, and the rug is custom made.
This bold sitting area of São Paulo–based decorator Sig Bergamin's Paris pied-à-terre combines color, texture, and pattern in one cohesive, stylish space. The armchair by Carlo Colombo and a 1970s French desk are paired with a Biedermeier chair; the walls are painted in .
The living room in a 19th-century Parisian apartment screams glamour with its ornate detailing and gilded accents. The daybed is upholstered in a velvet, the 1930s cocktail table was found at the Drouot auction house, and the gilt-wood mirror and marble fireplace are original to the apartment.
The kitchen in designer Cordelia de Castellane's French home is accented by wine-red cabinets and airy windows. Plastic reproduction Henry Massonnet Tam Tam stools set the tone in the room.
The guest bedroom in Bryan Adam's Paris home fits perfectly with the basement's rustic stone-and-plaster ceiling and walls. The bench was a flea-market find, and the bedding and pillows are by .
Nothing screams Paris quite like the combination of black and white stripes with antique-inspired metallics in this apartment in the City of Lights. The master bath's nickel-and-brass tub is 19th century, and the chair is by Honoré Paris from Galerie Yves Gastou; the wall stripes are painted.
In the worldly library of an apartment in Paris's 7th arrondissement, the 18th-century desk is English, the armchair is from , and the desk lamp was made from a Ming vase; the Italian mirror dates to the early 1700s, the Japanese wood deity is from the Heian period, and the curtains are of a striped cotton.
The living room of Pierre Yovanovitch's 17th-century château is the epitome of streamlined chic. The custom-made sofas are covered in a , the circa-1940s armchairs are by Otto Schultz, and the cocktail table is a 1949 design by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
Plates from a book of Picasso works and a drawing by Eric Fischl hang above a pair of custom-made sofas in designer Sabine de Gunzburg's living room; the vintage parchment-covered chairs are upholstered in a fabric, the bamboo side tables are family heirlooms, and the rug is by .
In the romantic dining room of a fashion designer's apartment, the English mahogany table and the Swedish chandelier and commode are 18th century, and the Louis XVI mirror is from the South of France; the chairs in front of the windows are Directoire, and the curtains are silk.
The opulent tiles on the walls and floor of a French editor's bathroom make it the perfect oasis. The marble mosaic tiles on the walls and floor of the master bath are original to the apartment; the 19th-century Chinese-style light fixture was found at a flea market in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
In the entrance room of this colorful Parisian home, the console is sheathed in leather and mussel shells, and the chaise lounge is upholstered in a fabric. The pillows and throws are made from antique Pakistani fabrics, the stool is African, the lithograph is by , and the porcelain fireplace is late 19th century.
The master bedroom in furniture designer Anne-Marie Midy's bohemian haven makes great use of the apartment's layout. The bedcover and throw are by and the rugs are by ; the 18th-century Italian headboard belonged to Midy's grandmother, and the 20th-century French desk was her father's.