Like so many things (style, hair, spoken word), French people just “have a way” with design. Meaning they make something incredible seem effortless to achieve, which is really the goal when it comes to decorating a home: You never want it to look like you tried too hard. Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon’s interiors ooze this kind of je ne sais quoi but with a punchy twist. She and her firm, Czon, use a combination of bold colors, rounded silhouettes, and clashing prints and textures for (what have turned into) the city’s trendiest hotels and accompanying restaurants. So, what’s the secret sauce and how can you get it? See some of the best learnings we can extract that may just do the trick in your own home:
Use Color-Blocking to Create Space
Every small space-dweller knows that optical illusions are your best friend. Dorothée’s use of color-blocking the walls with paint in the Hotel des Grands Boulevards not only delineates little corners as their own open “room,” it also adds a sense of architectural detail when there aren’t those flourishing crown moldings to work with.