The New French Look

Thames & Hudson. Feb. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781760763947. $35. INTERIOR DESIGN
The hallmarks of French style—clean color combinations, confident pattern and fiber mixing, and contrast—are all covered in this guide by interior designer Li. Her book is divided into two sections: “French Interiors: Regional Style” and “Defining Your French Look.” Featured regional looks are inspired by the city, the beach, the country, and the mountains, and each part contains an overview of the style, an examination of typical of floors and walls, kitchen and dining, furnishings, and color associated with that look. Plenty of full-color images further illustrate the style, and tips. For example, Li advises readers to use classic, luxurious items if they are going for a city style and to allow buildings and natural surroundings to inspire them if a country style is desired. If readers aren’t sure of what they want, there are quizzes to help define their vision, plus they’re given ideas for materials and mood boards.
VERDICT A comprehensive and beautiful guide that will have aspiring designers incorporating French styles into their homes with confidence and ease.
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