Parisian and French Provincial Interior Designs
Below are examples of Miguel’s interiors work and items in clients’ homes. Miguel is happy to suggest suitable Interior Designers for specific clients’ needs, and also to advise on interiors himself, and to source specific items, and to restore items to clients’ requests.
The Classic and Timeless styles of Paris and of Provincial France have for several centuries been used world-wide in furniture, fabrics and furnishings. Both the sophistication of Parisian style and the simplicity of Provincial styles are very suitable to Australian interiors. They decorate in a timeless, uncluttered and practical way, and both city and country styles give rooms pleasant and unique personalities.
The term “French Provincial” refers to furnishings that come from regional French towns and villages, away from major city centers. The styles of provincial France have always reflected, in a simpler way, the elegant design guidelines that Paris dictated – with each region of France adding its own distinctive, recognisable and sometimes quirky character to those Parisian guidelines.
The French North has a simple, unadorned style – almost Shaker like in its Spartan simplicity. Normandy is known for its gourmet food, and the large and sturdy farmhouse tables on which to enjoy long meals, and is also known for the richly carved Armoires de Mariage. The Loire Valley furniture has a restrained elegance, a pared-down version of Parisian furniture. The East of France is known for its painted pine furniture, with German and Swiss influences. Brittany’s furniture is often adorned with patterns made with brass studs, and with openings made with wheel-spoke designs. The South of France and especially the area of Provence, typically have rich baluster-turnings and haut-relief carvings.
Below are examples of interiors with furniture, lighting and decorations suggested and supplied by Miguel Meirelles Antiques using a mix of Parisian and French Provincial furnishings. Miguel likes simple, light-filled and uncluttered interiors, with clean design lines. His motto is “Classic and Timeless” designs.