3 ways to bring the French Riviera style home (without visiting Saint-Tropez)
From Saint-Tropez to Cannes and Nice, this summer, the interiors of the house are channeling the Côte d’Azur! Here are some simple tips to enjoy a Riviera chic touch at home, without breaking the bank, and without having to fly to a five-star hotel on the French Riviera.
Look for natural fibers, a crisp cool white, and eye-catching prints as key features of the look. With timeless style and lasting appeal, summer sees Riviera chic coming back year after year.
Think of Brigitte Bardot basking in a bikini on the beach in Saint-Tropez. Imagine the wind blowing your hair, a bohemian vibe and a glass of chilled rosé wine in your hand … you can almost imagine yourself taking a break under the scorching sun under the cool shade of a palm tree. But you don’t have to take a plane to enjoy life on the Riviera this summer.
1. Look at the white, keep the yachts in mind
The Riviera is synonymous with crisp, crisp white – this is a must see. With its Mediterranean influences, the Riviera ambience diffuses images of Greek statues and whitewashed walls. Go for linen and white textiles, from a cozy blanket for the sofa to a textured or embroidered duvet cover, like a freshly maintained hotel suite. For a touch of texture and depth, add a few pastel objects. Try beige tones of seashell pink or a crystal, almost turquoise blue to bring a poetic touch to the space.
2. Look for natural fibers
Keep the space as airy and uncluttered as possible, and look for furniture that uses natural fibers. On the Riviera, it’s all about lounging, relaxing and enjoying the sensation of natural materials against the skin in contrast to the scorching sun. Look for wicker and rattan chairs, for example. And feel free to mix and match to break the harsh lines and loosen the mood, especially if you have a large, imposing table.
3. Riviera poster
Known for his illustrations, seen among others in the very chic magazine Vogue, the local artist Monsieur Z – alias Richard Zielenkiewicz – has also produced illustrations for many spots on the Côte d’Azur, from Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer to Monaco via Hyères-les-Palmiers and the lesser known La Capte. They are essential. – AFP Relaxnews